How Long Will A Virginia Reckless Driving Charge Stay on My Record?

how long does reckless driving stay on recordVirginia defines reckless driving as “any person who drives a vehicle on any highway recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person” irrespective of the speed limit on that particular road.

The state takes charges of reckless driving very seriously, and the traffic violation comes with serious penalties for people found guilty of the charge. One of the most common questions asked after being charged with reckless driving is “how long will a reckless driving charge stay on my record?”

In addition, many individuals also ask, “how long does a speeding ticket stay on your record in Virginia?”, or even “how long do points stay on your license in VA?” I understand the importance of understanding how a guilty plea or conviction for reckless driving may impact your driving record and how it might impact your life personally and professionally.

VA Driving Record

Your driving record is an important tool for a judge, employer, school, or military to evaluate whether you are qualified for a position with their institution.

Depending on the seriousness of the violation, Virginia law states that different traffic violations stay on your record for varying periods of time. The points stay on your license in Virginia for two years, however the charge can stay on longer. Under the law, a conviction for reckless driving stays on your driving record for eleven years.

Options for Fighting a Reckless Driving Violation

Being charged with a violation for reckless driving does not mean that you are automatically convicted of the crime and hiring an experienced traffic law attorney can help you evaluate your options.

One option is to fight the charge in court, arguing that you were not recklessly driving and therefore should be acquitted of the charge.

The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the charge in order to secure a conviction for reckless driving. Another option is to have your attorney negotiate with the prosecution for a lesser charge, such as speeding or improper driving, which is on your driving record for far less time.

A final option in some courts is to pre-pay the ticket for reckless driving and avoid the court system altogether. This is not available in the Fredericksburg area, but some courts do allow pre-paying reckless tickets.

However, prepayment is also an admission of guilt, and the conviction will go on your driving record for eleven years. Reckless driving is considered a misdemeanor in Virginia, which also requires disclosure on many employment applications in addition to it being listed on your driving record.

Admitting guilt through pre-paying a ticket also opens you up to potential civil liability if the charge for reckless driving arose out of a car accident that caused property damage or personal injury to another person. Your lawyer will be able to explain these options in greater detail and advise which option is best for your situation.

Talk to a Lawyer Today

If you have been charged with reckless driving in the Fredericksburg area, it is incredibly important that you speak with a skilled traffic law attorney about your options.

Call the office or contact me today to schedule a free consultation about your traffic case.

Andrew Flusche

My name is Andrew Flusche. I am a traffic and misdemeanor defense lawyer in Virginia. I limit my practice to traffic tickets and misdemeanor defense, so I know the ins and outs of these offenses. I literally wrote the book on reckless driving in Virginia which you can get on Amazon here or download for free here. I opened my practice in 2008 after earning my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since then I have earned over 600 5-star reviews from happy clients on Google, Yelp, Facebook, and Avvo. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your initial consultation is always free, and you'll talk directly with me about the details of your case.
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