Reckless Driving in Virginia is a criminal class one misdemeanor offense. The Code of Virginia includes various sections of law on what driving behaviors are considered reckless driving. The penalties for a reckless driving conviction can be harsh. In Virginia, convictions are permanent, cannot be expunged and stay in the Virginia DMV files for 11 years. Do not miss an opportunity to defend yourself.Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law specialize in defending reckless driving cases and can protect you.
CAUTION: A reckless driving conviction will on average increase the automobile insurance premium by 73% or $1,046 EACH YEAR, according to a study conducted by Insurance.com
The most enforced Virginia Reckless Driving law criminalizes excessive speed. State Troopers, police officers, and deputy sheriffs across the Commonwealth aggressively enforce the reckless driving excessive speed law [Va. Code 46.2-862]. The Virginia law states that one is guilty of reckless driving for either driving at a speed of 20 mph or more over the limit OR driving at any speed over 80 miles per hour regardless of the speed limit.
Reckless Driving Speeding on Virginia Interstates
There are many places on Virginia interstates where the speed limit is 70 mph. If the speed evidence is 81 mph in a 70 mph zone, then the reckless driving law for excessive speed would be violated. Thus, a motorist can commit a criminal offense for speeding 11 mph over the limit. Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law has extensive experience defending this type of case. We defend reckless driving allegations before various Central Virginia area courts every week. We know how to best defend your case.
Virginia Reckless Driving Accident Defense Attorneys
Any person who drives a vehicle recklessly or that is not under proper control, or that endangers life, limb or property violates the reckless driving law. There are various different sections of the Virginia law that apply to reckless driving accident cases. NOTE: The mere happening of an accident does not mean you are guilty of reckless driving. The issuance of a summons also does not mean you are automatically guilty of reckless driving. Our lawyersknow how to best defend these types of cases.
Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law Can Defend Any Central Virginia Reckless Driving Case
46.2-852 Reckless driving; general rule
46.2-853 Loss of control; faulty brakes
46.2-854 Passing on a grade or on a curve
46.2-855 Driving with view obstructed
46.2-856 Passing two vehicles abreast
46.2-857 Driving two abreast
46.2-858 Passing at a railroad crossing
46.2-859 Passing a stopped school bus
46.2-860 Failing to give proper signals
46.2-861 Driving too fast for conditions
46.2-861.1 Failure to “move over” or yield to stationary emergency vehicle
In this case, our attorneys represented a client who was involved in an accident. The accident involved a work zone on I95 in Caroline County VA. Our client was a commercial driver who was driving a commercial vehicle. The accident involved a construction project that shut down part of the interstate. Our client was on site to help repave the Interstate, but our client’s truck lift gate made contact with overhead power lines.
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A Virginia State Trooper was dispatched to the scene to investigate the incident. The Interstate was shut down in both directions for several hours. The Trooper issued a summons to our client. The trooper alleged that our client operated his vehicle in a reckless manner. Our client did not believe he did anything wrong. We believed the accident was due to improper placement of the traffic cones in the work zone. A not guilty plea was entered and the Court heard testimony from three witnesses. We argued what our client had maintained proper control the entire time. He had relied on the traffic safety cones being properly placed. The cones were to mark the work zone and the lane closure. The Judge agreed with our argument and dismissed the case.
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