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How are Reckless Diving charges are handled in Arlington?
(For a full explanation of the Virginia Law on Reckless Driving by a Reckless Driving lawyer, Arlington VA, please look at our explanation under Frequently Asked Questions. This article is meant to discuss how Arlington Courts handle Reckless Driving charges differently than other Courts).
As the explanation article in Frequently Asked Questions explains, there are 14 different types of Reckless Driving charges in Virginia. The most common is the one which makes anything 20 mph over the limit or anything over 80 mph over the limit Reckless. The other most common Reckless is “Reckless General” which is driving in a manner “… so as to endanger life, limb or property.” The third most common is driving “… a vehicle which is not under proper control or which has inadequate or improperly adjusted brakes.” All of these are Class 1 Misdemeanor Crimes which carry up to a $2,500 fine, one year in jail and a 6-months loss of license. (Don’t panic. People rarely get the max. But depending on the driving record and the facts, people do get jail, fines and license suspensions.) A good Reckless Driving lawyer, Arlington VA will be prepared for all varieties of Reckless Driving – including, sadly, cases resulting in traffic fatalities.
To be honest, if you have a perfect record and were going 21-25 mph over the speed limit, or just got in a fender bender, or spun out in the rain, you may not need a lawyer. We want you to contact us for good legal advice. If you are not that much in trouble, we will tell you. For example, in these type cases, for people with perfect driving records, even without a lawyer, Arlington will let you do traffic school and agree to amend the charge to a non-crime, such as regular speeding. We recommend, however, that before you go to Court, you consult a Reckless Driving lawyer, Arlington, VA. This is because if you don’t have a perfect record, or are going 25mph + over the limit, or got in a collision with damages or injury, Arlington can be tough (and there could be civil consequences to your decisions). There is no other way to say it. The Prosecutors and the Judges take licenses and give people jail. This is on top of having a criminal conviction of Reckless Driving – a Class 1 Misdemeanor, and a license suspension of up to 6 months.
First, a good Reckless Driving lawyer Arlington, VA will look for ways to win. For example, on Reckless speeding cases: Are the Radar or Laser calibrations properly in order? Did the Officer use the proper subject tracking protocols? Did the Officer even have the authority to use Laser? These are questions we investigate when trying a case.
If the case cannot be won, a good Reckless Driving Arlington, Virginia lawyer will have a system to get the best possible results. For example, on Reckless Driving 20+ mph over the limit, our system includes technology fixes (e.g. speed governors or warning devices installed into cars), presentation of an extensive history of “good citizenship,” and taking a driving improvement course. However, we won’t recommend just any old course! Only an experienced Reckless Driving, Arlington Virginia lawyer will know the course that works best in Arlington.
The bottom line is that if you are barely going over 20 mph over the limit and have a perfect driving record, or just got into a fender bender, you probably don’t need a lawyer. (However, check with us to confirm your particular circumstances). But, if you are not the man or woman with the perfect record, and were going 25+, or got into an accident with damages or injury, or were driving aggressively, in Arlington County — you better consult with a top Reckless Driving lawyer Arlington, VA, or you could find yourself in jail, and/or without a license, and with a Class 1 misdemeanor Reckless Driving conviction.