Reckless Driving is a series of laws related to fast or dangerous driving. The most common form of Reckless Driving is driving at a high speed. If one exceeds the speed limit by 20 miles per hour or more, this is “Reckless Driving” even if the driver is handling the speed particularly well. Speed alone makes the crime.
The second most common form of Reckless Driving are cases involving collisions. This is one of the larger errors in Virginia criminal procedure. Some police officers charge almost every accident as “Reckless Driving” when, in fact, that crime had not been committed. Not every traffic accident is the result of Reckless Driving, no matter what the local police may think.
The third most common form of Reckless Driving is generally bad driving. These cases are decided on a case-by-case basis.
The penalty for Reckless Driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor — a crime on the same level as DUI, Petit Larceny, and simple Assault. The maximum penalty is up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. In addition, the judge has the power to suspend one’s driver’s license for up to 6 months.