I am from out of country and got a form for the request for trial in the absence
Reckless driving is a criminal class 1 misdemeanor which carries a maximum jail sentence of 12 months. You should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in the county where you got the “ticket”. Most will give you a free consultation,
Reckless Driving is punishable as a Class One Misdemeanor with a sentence up to 12 month jail sentence, fine up to $2,500 and loss of driving privileges up to 6 months. Get your car speedometer calibrated and your current driving record. Find an attorney that practices regularly in wherever you received the ticket/summons and contact them immediately; this offense is not to be trifled with. Some defendants are able to avoid a court appearance by having counsel appear for them. You do not want to plead guilty or have that speed conviction on your record. If you are suspended in Virginia, your licensing jurisdiction may suspend your driving privileges. This is serious, treat it as such. Good luck.
None of my comments on AVVO's website constitute legal advice. It is only food for thought for possible matters to address with a qualified lawyer in your jurisdiction.
I changed the practice area to Criminal Defense, since Reckless Driving is a criminal offense, not a simple traffic infraction. Reckless Driving is a crime for which one can be jailed, fined and subjected to a license suspension. If you are found guilty of this offense, you will have a permanent criminal record and it will likely trigger negative insurance consequences. Therefore, you want to avoid being convicted of this offense if you can.
Speak with a few lawyers and hire the one with whom you feel most comfortable.
Best of luck to you.
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