If you are charged with Reckless Driving in Virginia, then you should be aware that this a criminal charge classified as a class 1 misdemeanor. That means if you are convicted of this charge, you have been convicted of a criminal offense. Although it is a traffic matter, it is still a criminal offense, as classified by the Code of Virginia, and not an infraction, like other traffic offenses.
A Reckless Driving conviction means that you could face up to 12 months in jail, a license suspension up to 6 months and a fine up to $2,500. This is the maximum penalty. Does everyone get the maximum penalty? No, not everyone gets the maximum penalty. But every case is different and it is recommended you take this charge seriously and consult with an attorney before you go to court.
If you go to court without an attorney, the Judge will inform you of the criminal nature of the Reckless Driving charge and the consequences if you are found guilty. The Judge will also inform you of your right to counsel. If you do not have an attorney and would like one, then the court will reschedule your case to give you reasonable time to hire an attorney.
If you elect to proceed without an attorney, the Judge will have you sign a waiver acknowledging that you would like to proceed without an attorney and that your waiver is a knowing, voluntary and intelligent waiver.
After signing the waiver of counsel form, the Judge will ask if you are pleading guilty, not guilty or no contest (nolo contendre). If you plead guilty, you are admitting that you are guilty of the charge, and the Judge is authorized to impose the punishment. A plea of not guilty means that you are taking the position that you are not guilty of the offense charged, and the Judge then will set your case for trial. A plea of no contest is neither a confession of guilt nor a declaration of innocence equivalent to a plea of not guilty. You are not contesting the charge and you are implying that there is a confession of truth to the charge, and you agree that the court may consider you guilty for the purpose of imposing judgment and a sentence.
Charged with Reckless Driving? Contact the Dua Law Firm Today
Reckless driving charges are serious matters. You should take them seriously and protect your rights by retaining the services of an experienced Fairfax County reckless driving defense lawyer with the Dua Law Firm. We take pride in offering compassionate and effective legal representation to all of our clients, including those charged with reckless driving. We serve Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun, Stafford and Spotsylvania counties. Contact Raj Dua at 703-539-8092.