What Not to do After Getting a Reckless Driving Ticket in Virginia

A reckless driving ticket should never be taken lightly. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could face numerous penalties including fines, points assessed against your driving record — even jail time. If you or a loved one receives a reckless driving ticket, seek professional legal guidance from a skilled Virginia reckless driving defense attorney.

Here are a few things you should never do after police ticket you for reckless driving in Virginia:

  • Pay the ticket — Pleading guilty and mailing in your ticket is not allowed for reckless driving charges. This is because reckless driving is considered a class 1 misdemeanor and carries stiff penalties, including a criminal record. The court will REQUIRE that you appear since the possibility of a criminal conviction requires the court to ensure you are apprised of your Constitutional rights. Other penalties include losing 6 points on your license, up to six months of license suspension, and up to 1 year in jail.
  • Represent yourself — Reckless driving is not the same as speeding. Unless you have a background in criminal law, this is not a situation where you will want to represent yourself. Many pitfalls lie between you and a fair conclusion of your case. Without knowledge of how to sidestep these legal perils, you jeopardize your driving privilege, your record, and even your freedom. Not only that but different judges approach reckless driving cases different ways.Having an attorney with 20 years of experience, who knows the various approaches of the local judges to these types of cases will likely help you avoid making a serious error in front of the “wrong” judge.With the help of an experienced Virginia criminal law attorney, you greatly increase your chances of having the charges against you reduced, or eliminated altogether.
  • Do nothing — Reckless driving is a criminal offense and if you fail to appear on your court date, a warrant may be issued for your arrest.
  • Hire the wrong attorney to represent you in court — All lawyers are not the same. You would not want a podiatrist operating on your heart, would you? The same concept applies to the field of law. While you may be tempted to ask a lawyer friend or relative for counsel, unless they focus on handling criminal defense cases, they will be of little use to you. To successfully navigate Virginia’s criminal justice system, you must hire a lawyer who focuses on handling criminal law matters and traffic violations.

For most people, traffic tickets are just a part of life. However, a reckless driving ticket could have serious repercussions on your future, your job, and/or your security clearance. The right lawyer can help you build a strategic defense that protects your rights as well as your reputation.

Contact an experienced Virginia attorney

The NoVa Law Firm provides dedicated counsel on a variety of legal issues including traffic violations, DUI, drug charges, and other criminal law matters. Call today at (703) 352-9347 for help with your DUI, DWI or reckless driving case, or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation.

Eric Clingan
About the Author: Eric Clingan
Eric Clingan is an experienced Criminal Defense attorney and the founder of the NoVA Law firm. He focuses his practice on defending residents of Northern Virginia charged with DUIs, reckless driving, drug charges, and other criminal accusations.