Virginia is a huge state. The Commonwealth of Virginia contains rural areas, suburbs, big cities, mountains, and a coastline right up to the Atlantic. Having a personal vehicle is vital to many people, especially in Hampton Roads where so many people come to the area under military orders or for vacation. More people, more cars, more traffic, and more potential to have a “run-in” with the police for a traffic matter.
One of the most common reasons is speed. Even going “with the flow of traffic” can lead to blue lights in your rear view mirror. This is never a good event, as even simple speeding tickets cause negative points to accumulate to one’s driving record. Even more serious is the dreaded reckless driving charge, most commonly charged under §46.2-852 and §46.2-868. Reckless Driving in Virginia is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $2500 fine. It adds six points to your driving record, and the conviction stays for 11 years. Conviction of reckless driving, is the same level of offense as a DUI, first offense. If you plead guilty to reckless driving, you are pleading guilty to a criminal offense and this may result in an increase in auto insurance premiums and there may be possible employment consequences.
A person can be charged with reckless driving for a number of different reasons. The most common reason is speed. In Virginia, under