Reckless Driving Defense
Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer
Many drivers may not realize that in Virginia, reckless driving is a serious criminal offense and has very real consequences. If convicted, you can be facing up to a year in jail, thousands of dollars in fines, and the suspension of your license. Additionally, drivers can receive multiple points on their record which can have effects such as increased insurance rates. To protect yourself from these penalties, contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone. The firm’s lead Virginia criminal defense attorney has defended more than a thousand cases in the decade he has operated a private practice.
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What Constitutes Reckless Driving?
Generally, a person may be charged with reckless driving when they do not exhibit a duty of care to the other people or things on the road. Specific actions such as speeding can lead to a charge of reckless driving as well as an officer’s interpretation of an event. For example, if an officer determines that a driver’s speed is excessive for the conditions of traffic, an individual may face charges regardless of the actual speed limit. No matter what actions led to your specific offense, the firm’s attorney can help you to clear your name and protect your driving record.
Charges for reckless driving can stem from actions including but not limited to:
- Speeding – Excessive speed is among the most common causes of reckless driving. A person can face charges for driving more than 20 miles per hour over the speed limit, or more than 80 miles per hour on any public road.
- Failing to stop for a school bus – A school bus will signal for other drivers to stop when passengers are both boarding and offloading from the vehicle. All drivers on a non-divided road must come to a stop until the driver of the bus signals that traffic can resume.
- Racing – Any persons who engage in street racing can face additional punishments such as an extended suspension of their driver’s license.
- Inability to control a vehicle – It is against the law to continue to operate a vehicle which a driver cannot control. This can include hindered control due to faulty brakes, obstructed views, or improperly inflated tires.
Legal Help for Reckless Driving Charges
The legal professionals at the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone have a proven record of success defending the rights of drivers throughout Virginia. If you have been charged with a traffic related offense such as reckless driving, you do not have to deal with law enforcement on your own. In fact, attempts to negotiate with the police without first consulting with our law firm can result in accidental self-incrimination. You have the right to an attorney and the sooner you contact the firm’s Virginia criminal defense lawyers, the sooner you can secure an award-winning defense.
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