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

first reckless driving ticket penaltyMany 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 Virginia traffic defense lawyer right away.

A Virginia traffic defense attorney may be able to reduce or eliminate your reckless driving charge in Virginia.

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Criminal Penalties for a First Time Driving Offense in Virginia

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.

Below, our Virginia reckless driving attorney discusses the penalties you could face for a first-time driving offense in Virginia.

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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 superfast, 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.


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 driver’s 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 in Virginia

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

Insurance Rate

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 impact a background check.

The Workplace

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.

Contact a Virginia Reckless Driving Attorney Today

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

Contact Andrew Flusche, Attorney at Law online or call 540.356.3020 today to set up your free initial consultation.

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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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