Richmond VA Reckless Driving Lawyer
Reckless Driving in Richmond VA is a serious traffic offense. Virginia has more reckless driving law than most states. The Virginia reckless driving law is also more strict than most other states. There are several reckless driving laws ranging from general offenses to racing. Various police departments enforce these reckless driving laws in Richmond VA. Richmond Police and Virginia State Police are the primary agencies. Virginia Commonwealth University and Capitol Police also enforce reckless driving law in Richmond.
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
Richmond VA Reckless Driving Speeding Attorneys
The Virginia State Troopers generally patrol Interstates 95, 195 & 64, the Powhite Parkway and the Downtown Expressway in Richmond. They issue reckless driving tickets every day. One of the most popular types of offenses is the reckless driving speeding ticket. Va. code 46.2-862 is usually the most enforced reckless driving law of all. The law states that a driver is guilty of reckless driving if driving at speeds of 20 mph or more over the limit. The Richmond Police Department patrols the rest of the Richmond, which includes: Manchester, Church Hill, Shockoe Bottom & Slip, the Fan & Museum Districts & Carytown.
Virginia law criminalizes various driving behaviors as reckless driving:
- 46.2-852 General recklessness
- 46.2-853 Fail to maintain proper control
- 46.2-854 Passing on a grade or on a curve
- 46.2-855 Drive with view obstructed/control impaired
- 46.2-856 Passing two vehicles abreast
- 46.2-857 Driving two abreast in a single lane
- 46.2-858 Passing at a railroad grade 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
- 46.2-863 Reckless Driving – Failure to yield
- 46.2-864 Recklessness in parking lots, etc
- 46.2-865 Racing
- 46.2-865.1 Injuring or causing death of another while racing; penalties
- 46.2-866 Racing; aiders or abettors
- 46.2-867 Racing; seizure of motor vehicle
- 46.2-868.1 Aggressive Driving
Experienced Richmond VA Reckless Driving Lawyer
Riley & Wells is a local Richmond VA law firm with over 45 years of combined reckless driving experience. We believe that lawyers who dedicate their practice to this area provide better representation. Our law firm this approach, which is why we limit our practice to this area of the law. Our attorneys are recognized for legal excellence and high ethical standards. Clients who are serious about their freedom and driving privileges want an experienced attorney. Our Richmond VA Reckless Driving Lawyers have that experience. We examine every case in great detail so that we can best represent each client before the Richmond VA Courts. Our experience can protect you. NOTE: A reckless driving allegation is NOT a reckless driving conviction. Contact an experienced Richmond VA Reckless Driving Attorney with a track record of success. We defend this type of allegation every week and know how to best protect the client. The facts of each case can vary. We will select the best defenses and arguments for your particular circumstances.
Penalties For Reckless Driving Convictions
The Virginia Reckless Driving law is a class 1 misdemeanor criminal offense. A Virginia reckless driving conviction is permanent and stays on file with the Virginia DMV for 11 years. A conviction can negatively affect you in many ways. Reckless Driving in the Commonwealth of Virginia is punishable as follows:
- Maximum 12 months in jail
- Maximum $2,500 fine
- Loss of driving privileges
- Assessment of moving violation demerit points
- Community Service
- Driver Improvement Programs
- Potential Employment Problems
Richmond VA Reckless Driving Attorney Client Reviews
Reckless Driving & Leaving the Scene of an Accident DISMISSED
In this case, our Richmond VA Reckless Driving Attorneys represented a client from Chesterfield. The client had a reckless driving traffic accident. Our client was also accused of leaving the scene of an accident. A police officer responded to the crash location and conducted an investigation. The evidence consisted of our client telling the police officer that he was sleepy. Our client admitted that he swerved to a avoid a jogger and must have over steered. Our client lost control of his vehicle and ran into someone’s home. After the crash, our client was able to exit the vehicle despite an airbag deployment. Feeling dazed and disoriented our client walked away to seek medical attention. Our attorneys developed various arguments. We convinced the Commonwealth Attorney to nolle prosequi or drop the hit and run case. We then convinced the Judge to dismiss the reckless driving case.
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11/10/2015 | Updated 7/10/2019