Is Reckless Driving a Misdemeanor? – YES!

Many people who get a Virginia reckless driving ticket are confused by the charge. What exactly is reckless driving. Is reckless driving a misdemeanor?


If you’ve been charged with Virginia reckless driving, you need to understand first and foremost that it’s a misdemeanor. It’s not even a low-level misdemeanor. It’s a class 1 misdemeanor, the same level of offense as a DUI.

But what does that mean for you?

If you’re convicted of reckless driving in Virginia, you will have a misdemeanor on your criminal record. It doesn’t go away. If you’re asked by a future school or potential employer about misdemeanor convictions, you’ll have to disclose that you were convicted of reckless driving.

For Virginia license holders, the conviction will cost six demerit points on your driving record, and it will remain on the driving record for 11 years.

Yes, reckless driving is a misdemeanor. That means you should consult an attorney today. Together we can discuss the facts of your case, your driving record, and your personal situation. I’d love to discuss your case if it’s near the Fredericksburg / Spotsylvania / Stafford area.

You may have defenses, such as a calibration of your speedometer or an issue with the officer’s calibration certificates. And I can explain why defenses such as “My car won’t go that fast” are destined to fail. At a minimum, we can try to negotiate the case to a lesser offense or perhaps have it dismissed altogether with you attending a driver improvement clinic.

If you’re charged with misdemeanor reckless driving, let’s talk.

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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, and Facebook. 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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