Speeding and Reckless Driving Tickets in Chesterfield, VA
The Chesterfield County Police Department are known for their excessive use of speed traps throughout the county. Cops can be seen running radar anywhere from neighborhoods to the interstate. Typically, they will give you a ticket for traveling 10 or more mph above the limit. However, if they catch you driving over 80 mph or over 20 mph above the speed limit, you can be charged with Reckless Driving.
It is also possible to get charged with reckless driving as a result of an accident such as an auto collision or something as simple as hitting a mailbox. Accident charges are typically less serious as I can often get them dismissed depending on the facts. It is usually the policy of police officers to charge a driver with reckless driving even if it was a complete mistake.
What is Reckless Driving?
Reckless Driving is a class 1 misdemeanor which adds 6 points to your driving record in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Car Insurance companies take this charge very seriously and will greatly increase your rates if convicted. Some states such as Michigan will suspend your license if they see an out of state Reckless Driving Conviction. Additionally, you can lose your Commercial Drivers License if found guilty.
The most serious consequences come as a result of its status as a Class 1 Misdemeanor. Most affected are those who are job hunting in that you are required to report misdemeanor convictions for many applications. Employers working for the Department of Defense and those in the military are at risk of losing their security clearance. Truck drivers can be let go from their job as a result of losing their CDL.
How to handle your reckless driving charge
Hire a Traffic Lawyer
The safest route to take when facing a reckless driving charge is hiring an attorney. Traffic Lawyers are best suited for defending serious charges such as this. They are able to do the best job preparing for your case as well as defending you on the day of court. Someone with experience can assure that you are treated fairly and receive the best possible outcome.
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What to look for in a Reckless Driving Lawyer
There are several key things to look out for when choosing a lawyer to represent you on your ticket in Chesterfield. Most importantly, found someone who specializes in serious traffic charges. It is even possible to find someone who focuses on reckless driving defense. It is crucial to find an attorney who is familiar with Chesterfield General District Court and practices there regularly. Every court has slightly different policies; representation isn’t gone about the same way in every jurisdiction. It is important for a lawyer to be familiar with the judges. This is especially true in Chesterfield due to having up to four judges sitting on any given day.
Hiring me for your reckless driving ticket in Chesterfield
If you received a Reckless Driving charge in Chesterfield County, Virginia, I would love to talk to you about your options and discuss possible representation. I am available by email and phone to discuss your case as well as possible defenses. With my experience and familiarity in Chesterfield Traffic Court, I will be able to accurately advise you on what you can expect to achieve from my representation.
Both my office and my residence is within 20 minutes of the court. I have defended many reckless driving charges in Chesterfield General District Court over the past few years. As of right now, over 90% of my practice is focused on Reckless Driving defense.
by Daniel Leavitt,
Attorney at Law