Reckless Driving FAQ

So you are driving through the roads of beautiful Virginia enjoying the scenery when, suddenly, you see the lights of a Virginia State Trooper or County Deputy, have that sinking feeling and realize you are being pulled over for driving too fast.  Maybe you know you are driving a little over the limit but are surprised to learn that the Summons you are handed is for Reckless Driving!  You have many questions.

How many points does Reckless Driving carry?

6 points in the Virignia DMV system.  This is provided by the Code of Virignia.  If you can get the offense level reduced to a regular speeding offense - not Reckless Driving - you should be able to lower the demerit points assessed against you.

Is Reckless Driving a pre-payable offense?

No.  Although most regular speeding ticket infractions are pre-payable, Reckless Driving by speed is not.  In fact, Reckless Driving is a Class 1 Misdemeanor - a criminal offense!

What is the fine upon conviction for Reckless Driving?

Some courts may impose a fine of $6 per mile over the limit.  Others, a $150, $250, $500, $1,000 or even higher.  Virignia Code Section 18.2-11 provides a range of punishment for Class 1 misdemeanors of a fine of not more than $2,500 and confinement in jail for not more than twelve months, either or both.

Will the Demerit Points for Reckless Driving conviction transfer out of state?

Very possibly.  Due to an interstate compact that Virginia has with other states, there is a good chance that the demerit points will transfer one way or another.  It is highly likely that a Reckless Driving conviction itself will be known to your home-state or state issuing your driver's license.

Will I go to jail for Reckless Driving in Virginia?

Some courts throughout Virginia regularly impose active jail for driving over 90 miles per hour.  Others have a somewhat higher threshold.  Every case is unique and has its own facts and merits, so outcomes are not automatic.

What if I was ticketed on the Blue Ridge Parkway or other federal road?

Many federal speeding and related traffic tickets in the Western District of Virginia are handled on the once-monthly petty offense docket held in the federal building in the City of Roanoke, Virginia.  Whether you must appear - with or without counsel - may depend on how the ticket is written.

Surprised to realize how seriously Virginia treats Reckless Driving cases?

Protect your record, your rights, your job, your freedom, and your insurance premiums payment schedule.  Contact legal counsel for help defending your rights in the court system.  Hiring counsel with experience and good working knowledge of the laws and possible defenses to charges related to Reckless Driving and licensing is very important.  Often if cases are handled well the severity of consequence can be reduced.  In many cases there are viable defenses to the charges.

I am Craig Tiller, an attorney trying traffic and criminal cases in Virginia courts and federal court for 25 years. Always remain polite and cooperate with police officers.

Call my office quickly if you are charged with Reckless Driving.  In most traffic cases a free initial consultation allows a reliable evaluation of your case.  I work hard to provide meaningful and affordable representation to help you protect yourself.