Reckless Driving in Virginia Could Cause Job Problems

A lot of people think a reckless driving charge is just a ticket. They pay it and wait for a possible insurance hike.

But it can have much more serious ramifications.

I’ve written before about reckless driving being a misdemeanor offense. It’s a crime, not just a traffic ticket.

Even worse, a reckless driving conviction can cause problems for some jobs. If you do anything related to driving at work, you should find out about your employer’s driving record policies. Some employers only a allow a certain number of moving violations within a certain time period. Others may have specific rules against a serious offense like reckless driving.

If a reckless driving conviction isn’t an issue with your current employer, you definitely need to keep it in mind for the future.

Many job applications ask if you’ve been convicted of criminal offenses. I always counsel clients to read those questions carefully.

If the application asks if you’ve been “charged” with a misdemeanor, you’d have to answer “yes” if you’ve received a reckless driving ticket. But if it asks if you’ve been “convicted” or “found guilty” of a misdemeanor, you’d only have to answer “yes” if you were indeed convicted.

The most important thing is to tell the truth and disclose any possible issue. You’d rather tell an employer that you have an old traffic conviction than have to explain why you misrepresented your past on the application.

Photo by paul bica

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.

What's Next?

Get Free Answers

Andrew wrote the book on reckless driving. It’s the most-reviewed Virginia reckless driving resource on

Get Your Free Copy

Andrew wrote the book on DWI. It’s jam-packed full of answers for your case.

Get Your Free Copy

Our special report about driving on suspended explains six critical issues to possibly fight in your case.

Get Your Free Copy


We provide free consultations for cases in our area. If we can't help, we'll do our best to connect you with someone who can.


Contact Andrew & Fitz