What are the Penalties for Your First Reckless Driving Offense in Virginia?

reckless driving virginia first offenseMany people are surprised when they find out that reckless driving is a criminal offense in Virginia.

Like any criminal offense, a reckless driving charge can lead to fines, loss of driving privileges, and even jail time.

If you have been charged with a first time reckless driving offense in Virginia, you need an experienced traffic defense lawyer right away.

A traffic defense attorney may be able to reduce or eliminate your reckless driving charge in Virginia. For a free consultation, contact me today.

Criminal Penalties for a First Time Driving Offense in VA

Reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor under Virginia law. It can even be a Class 6 felony, depending on the circumstances of your reckless driving charge. Both offenses can result in a monetary fine, driver’s license suspension, and jail time.

Jail Time

Virginia law allows for a maximum jail sentence of 12 years for reckless driving. Usually, you don’t get jail time for a first offense, but if you have a bad driving history or are charged with going super fast, your jail sentence might increase. If your reckless driving charge is a Class 6 felony, you could get a jail sentence of one to five years.

Fine

The minimum fine for a Class 1 misdemeanor and a Class 6 felony for reckless driving in Virginia is $2,500. A judge can either reduce or increase that fine depending on the circumstances of your case and driving history.

License Suspension

If you are convicted of a first time reckless driving offense in Virginia, you could lose your license for a maximum of six months. To get your license back, you would have to pay the DMV a reinstatement fee and bring proof that you have car insurance. If your license is suspended, some judges will give you a restricted license for work, school, and medical appointments.

Driving Record Points

In Virginia, you receive six points on your Virginia license for reckless driving. Unfortunately, any points you receive for any driving ticket or conviction stay on your driving record for two years.

Other Penalties for Reckless Driving

Aside from criminal penalties, there are many other ways that a first time reckless driving conviction in Virginia can affect you.

Insurance

Your insurance rates will probably go up if you have a record of reckless driving. Some insurance companies could even cancel your insurance policy.

Criminal Record

Depending on the circumstances of your reckless driving charge, a conviction could result in a criminal record. It’s impossible to expunge convictions in Virginia, so your criminal record could negatively affect a background check.

Work

If you have a driving job (or hope to drive part time for Uber or Lyft), a reckless driving conviction could cause severe problems with your work. Some employers will not hire drivers with reckless driving convictions.

Get Help With Your Reckless Driving Case Today

If you have been charged with a first time reckless driving charge in Virginia, you should speak to an experienced traffic defense lawyer right away.

Contact me today to get help with your 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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