NOTE: CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE AND PAST RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN FUTURE CASES

Reckless driving by speed in Chesterfield, Virginia can be difficult to defend and even harder to predict. There are at least five judges in Chesterfield who hear reckless driving by speed cases and they all have slightly different approaches to reckless driving. In addition, there are over twenty different prosecutors and they all have different approaches as well to reckless driving.

Recently I had a case of reckless driving in Chesterfield, Virginia where my client was charged with driving 91 mph in a 60 zone. 90+ mph is somewhat of a “magic” number in Virginia. Most Virginia judges will treat any case of reckless driving more serious once you hit the 90 mph and up threshold. In fact, many of the judges in Chesterfield used to give one day in jail for every mph you are over 90.

The other fact that greatly increased the severity of this charge is the speed differential. In my experience judges look at two factors seriously in a Chesterfield reckless driving case. One is the top end speed. A charge of 81 mph in a 60 mph is a lot less serious than a charge of 91 mph in a 60. The second important factor is the “speed differential.” How far over the speed limit were you driving? Thus, driving 81 mph in a 25 mph zone is much more serious than driving 91 mph in a 60.

In my case of reckless driving in Chesterfield, Virginia the judge considered the top end speed of 91 as being serious, but it was aggravated by the fact that it was in a 60 mph zone so the speed differential was 31 mph over the limit. Jail time is frequent at 91 mph in a 60 in Chesterfield.

When my client contacted me over the phone I assessed the case and all of the relevant factors around the case and we developed a plan for court. I made several recommendations before court. When we arrived at court I was able to use the information and get the charge reduced with no criminal record, no reckless driving or misdemeanor and a minimal fine.

The plea agreement was so good that the judge lectured my client about how the client’s attorney did a great job and the client “dodged a bullet.” My client was very grateful. Proper preparation can make all of the difference.

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