5 Steps to Beat Your Reckless Driving Charge in Virginia
Pay AttentionThe first and most important step is often the most overlooked. Pay attention. This means remember and, better yet, document specific details about the traffic stop. This is a critically important part of assisting your Virginia Reckless Driving Attorney. As soon as possible after the traffic stop, while your memory is still fresh, write down everything you think might be relevant, including the following: every statement or question from the officer (word for word), every statement you made, where you were going (did you have an appointment? what time was the appointment?), the volume of traffic on the road, the exact location of your vehicle when you first noticed the officer, the location of your vehicle when you stopped, the countours and grade of the road, and other conditions (e.g. weather, debris in road, signs, amount of daylight, etc.).
Obtain a Copy of your Driving RecordOne of the most important documents you can obtain to assist your Virginia Reckless Driving Attorney is your driving record. Known as a "Transcript of Driver History Record," this can be obtained from any Virginia DMV location and should be taken with you to the initial consultation with your Reckless Driving Attorney. Note that if you are licensed in another state, or have been licensed in another state at any time in the past five years, you should obtain a copy of your driving record from that state as well.
Consider Enrolling in a Driving CourseIn Virginia you may benefit from enrolling in, and completing, a qualified driving course before your trial. Successful completion of the right course may help your attorney to negotiate a reduction in the charge from a criminal misdemeanor to a simple traffic infraction.
Before enrolling, however, you should consult with an experienced and knowledgeable Virginia Reckless Driving Attorney who can assess your specific case and situation to determine if enrolling in a driving course would be helpful.
Consider a Vehicle Speed CalibrationIn certain cases the vehicle's speedometer actually underestimates the speed it is traveling. Most often we see this in cars that have accrued significant mileage, but even new cars can be inaccurate. A vehicle speed calibration is a diagnostic performed by certain automotive technicians. If the results of the test indicate that your speedometer underestimated the speed, this could be a valuable part of your attorney's arsenal in negotiation or even in certain situations before the judge.
In order to spare yourself unnecessary expense, consult with an experienced Virginia Reckless Driving Attorney before paying for a vehicle speed calibration to be performed on your vehicle.
Schedule a Consultation with an Experienced Reckless Driving Attorney Well Before Your Court DateMost reputable and knowledgeable Virginia Reckless Driving Attorneys will not charge you for an initial consultation. Take advantage of this and schedule a consultation as soon as possible after receiving your Reckless Driving Summons. And bring with you: 1) your summons (i.e. the yellow paper police officer gave to you), 2) your driving record, and 3) any other documents which are relevant to the case.
By consulting with, and retaining, a reckless driving attorney early you give them the time they need to obtain all the information they need, file all important motions, produce exhibits (if needed in your case), and fully prepare your case for negotiation and trial.