In Virginia, a reckless driving charge is not just not a speeding ticket – much like a drunk driving charge, it is a misdemeanor criminal charge that has the potential of one year in jail. Even when jail time is not ordered by the judge, those who plead guilty to reckless driving or are found to be guilty face a maximum $2,500 criminal fine as well as a six month license suspension. While a $2,500 fine may seem manageable to some people, the collateral effects of a reckless driving charge can dwarf that number. A reckless driving conviction will count as six points on your Virginia driving record, and will remain visible on your record for 11 years. This means your car insurance rates could skyrocket, and that you could face challenges when employers and government agencies conduct background checks.
But a reckless driving charge does not have to result in a reckless driving conviction. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Kurylo, Gold & Josey, PLC in Fredericksburg represent men and women charged with reckless driving, taking the lead in pursuing all available defenses to criminal charges on their behalf and working with prosecutors and law enforcement to reach outcomes which protect our clients’ interests in the months and years ahead.
Under Virginia’s criminal code, police can arrest drivers and prosecutors can pursue criminal charges against drivers in Virginia (including out-of-state drivers passing through the state) for the following driving actions, among others:
Ultimately, the law gives police and prosecutors wide latitude to pursue charges based on any number of observable driving maneuvers, but you have the right and ability to fight back.
As your criminal defense attorneys, we will investigate the circumstances of your arrest in order to assess the prosecution’s case and formulate your best defense strategies.
These may include working with prosecutors and law enforcement to lessen your charges to a civil moving violation, negotiating for limited penalties (e.g. avoiding jail time or lowering your fine), or pursuing a not guilty defense by, for example, questioning the sufficiency of the testifying officer’s evidence against you or calling into question any speedometer evidence presented in your case.
Contact one of our attorneys today to schedule a consultation to discuss options for the best defense in your Virginia reckless driving case.
If you have been arrested for reckless driving in Virginia, the criminal defense attorneys at Kurylo Gold & Josey, PLC in Fredericksburg, Virginia, are here to help. We will fully investigate all potential defenses and do whatever it takes to protect your interests throughout the process and work towards your best possible outcome. Contact us today to schedule a consultation regarding your situation.
Matt Kurylo began his legal career as a legal services specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1998, then as an attorney in Fredericksburg in 2007. He is the founding partner of Kurylo Gold & Josey. In addition to providing assistance to clients, Matt serves as the firm’s managing partner.
Emily Gold focuses on matters of criminal and traffic defense, as well as family law, including divorce and child issues such as custody and visitation. She grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and attended the University of Virginia and George Mason University School of Law.
Sara is a native of Kentucky but grew up primarily in Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating in three years summa cum laude, Sara attended Campbell Law School, in North Carolina. Sara practices primarily family law and estate planning matters.