What are the chances of going to jail from a reckless driving charge in virginia if it is your first offense.No speed on ticket

Asked over 2 years ago - Virginia Beach, VA

the officer did not put a speed on the ticket and it is my first offense. Please answer I am
extremly worried about this.

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  1. Sammid J Mansoor

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    Answered . Reckless Driving in Virginia is a class one misdemeanor, and therefore being charged with this violation should be taken very seriously. This is a criminal code violation, and the jail time however short it may be or even if it is suspended is not necessarily the worst of the penalty.

    Because this is a criminal charge, if found Guilty, you will have a CRIMINAL record, which may have to be disclosed on school applications, work applications, loan applications, security applications etc.

    So depending on your circumstances, you might not get jail, but you may end up worse if convicted. Definitely seek legal counsel before going to court and take this charge very seriously.

    Good Luck and if you need further information, feel free to contact me.

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  2. Timothy Kevin Wilson


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    Answered . The likelihood of being sentenced to serve time in jail for Reckless Driving in Virginia depends on the facts of the case. For example, if you were going 125 mph you are essentially guaranteed to serve some time in jail, but if you were going 81 mph in a 70 mph zone, it is extremely unlikely that you would be sentenced to jail.

    There simply is no formula for determining the outcome of a court case. How a case is resolved depends on a number of factors including the speed, the time of day, the road conditions, the traffic conditions, the perceived danger presented by the driving, how quickly you stopped for the officer, your attitude with the officer, your driving history, your age, your driving experience...and of course, your lawyer.

    If the outcome of your case is important to you, then I think it is imperative that you hire the best, most experienced, successful and respected Virginia Criminal and Traffic Defense lawyer you can to assist you with this matter and help ensure you get the best possible result.

    Remember, the lawyer you choose can be the difference in the outcome of your case.

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  3. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Discuss the case with a traffic cousel in Virginia Beach who is familiar with that jurisdiction and reviews the facts of your case closely. First impression, you may be ok, but make sure and talk with the attorney.

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