Reckless Driving Law:
Under Virginia code 46.2-852, a person is convicted of reckless driving charge when driving “recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person.” The significant criteria for the charge are exceeding the particular speed limits.
- Exceeding 20 miles per hour than the posted limit.
- Or regardless of the posted limit exceeding 80 miles per hour.
Penalties and Charges:
In Arlington County, the reckless driving is considered a criminal charge of class 1 misdemeanor and six-point offense. A charge of class 1 misdemeanor is fined up to $2,500 and in case of serious charges against convict can lead to 1-year jail. A Reckless driving charge may stay for 11 years in convict’s DMV Record. It may also result in suspension of convict’s driving license for six or more months. In consequence, difficulty in keeping or obtaining a Security Clearance can be one of the prejudicial effects of this charge.
Court Prerequisites for Reckless Driving Charge:
For a class 1 offense like reckless driving, a convict should be fully aware of what the Arlington, Virginia court’s prerequisites are and what the defense attorney should do to prepare his client. In Arlington, there are local driving laws including State driving laws of Virginia. So it’s important for the convict charged with reckless driving, have counsel from the very first day in the court.
Legal Procedure in Court for Reckless Driving
The legal procedure in court for reckless driving in Arlington starts from the meeting with convict’s assigned traffic prosecutor. But before the meeting starts, the convict have to sign-out from the courtroom so he is not called upon during the meeting. Also, it is important for the convict to take the officer to the meeting because without him the prosecutor won’t be able to do any progress in the case. The prosecutor will negotiate the traffic-related case with the convict, officer and defense lawyer in a conference room located straight from the Courtroom 3C. They offer the convict with the proposed solution discussing involvedness of convict in the reckless driving offense.
Probable Court’s Decisions in Favor of Reckless Driving Convict
Other than penalties mention above there can be other favorable outcomes for the convict in some cases. If the alleged charges are not proved serious due to various reasons like the faulty speedometer of the convict, the defense attorney can negotiate and reduce the penalties and jail duration.
In some cases, the court may order the convict for the successful completion of the Driving Behavior Management Program under DMV.
Convict’s attorney can also demand for a restricted license if a license suspension penalty is charged. The grant by the court for a restricted license will be particular to the case.