Will A Reckless Driving Charge Put Points on My VA Driving Record?

how many points will a reckless driving charge put on my recordIf you’re charged with reckless driving in Virginia, you may be wondering about the possible demerit points on your driving record.

Frankly, it’s confusing. And there’s lots of conflicting information in the internet. Let’s clear up the subject.

How Many Points For A VA Reckless Driving Charge?

If you have a Virginia driver’s license, a conviction of reckless driving will put 6 demerit points on your record. The conviction will stay there for 11 years. That’s the exact same treatment as a DUI.

Six points alone won’t kill your record. But if you have some other violations on there already, six points could tip you over the edge to be suspended by DMV.

Other Licensees

If your license is from another state, the situation gets more complicated. In short, points are controlled by your home state. Virginia has nothing to do with it.

The states (except Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Tennessee) are members of the National Driver’s License Compact. That means that they share conviction and suspension information with each other.

If you are convicted of reckless driving in Virginia, Virginia will tell your home state about the conviction. Your home state will then have some decisions to make:

  1. Will the conviction even go on your driving record? Not all states will record all convictions.
  2. If the conviction is recorded, will you get points for it? States handle this differently. Some will match the conviction with the point table for in-state offenses, some assign a set number of points for any out-of-state offense, and some states won’t assess points at all.

Contact Flusche & Fitzgerald To Discuss Your Reckless Driving Charge

There are several factors that go into points on Virginia’s driving record after a reckless driving charge. If you’re facing reckless driving charges, our experienced reckless driving lawyers are ready to help you!

Contact Flusche & Fitz, and we can discuss the facts of 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, 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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