Reckless Driving: Penalties and Plea Bargains in Virginia
This video is a brief way for viewers to understand the serious nature of a Virginia Reckless Driving charge. It outlines the potential penalties and offers a bit of helpful information, including one possible positive solution in some cases: pleading to an "improper driving" offense instead of going to trial. While this solution is very case specific and may not always be an option, it is worth taking note of in case you wish to bring it up when you meet with a Virginia reckless driving attorney to discuss your charge.
In Fairfax County, the Commonwealth Attorneys (prosecutors) are so busy that oftentimes, one will not be assigned to a reckless case if the Commonwealth does not seek to impose jail time. With that said, do not incorrectly assume that your case will be easy to win or defend by yourself if you are a non-lawyer. Quite the opposite is true:
- police officers do not negotiate with defendants;
- it will be the defendant's word against the officer's word; and,
- judges know the officer's are not likely to lie in court.
I have seen quite a few logical excuses routinely fail in court. Discover what they are, here.
A reckless driving defense lawyer (and experienced traffic lawyer) can spot the problems a radar/laser calibration certificate contains (if it is relevant to the given case). For example, calibration certificates must contain specific details to be considered valid and admissible against the accused driver. A reckless driving lawyer can negotiate with the Commonwealth Attorney in order to attempt to secure a positive resolution to the case.
Vincenzes Law, PLLC, is a criminal defense firm in Fairfax, Virginia. Brenton D. Vincenzes is a criminal defense attorney who offers free consultations (with no set time limit), flat fee quotations (as opposed to hourly billing), and several generous discounts. Vincenzes Law offers free case evaluations by email, or in-person.
Disclaimer:This is not legal advice. It is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Do not rely on anything you read or view on the internet, regardless of the source. If faced with a criminal accusation, investigation, or charge, please consult a licensed attorney with criminal law experience.