Richmond Reckless Driving Lawyer
You may not think reckless driving is a serious matter in Virginia. However, the law takes a strong stance against recklessness behind the wheel. A reckless driving charge can be combined with other traffic offenses like speeding or following another vehicle too closely. Additionally, it can be combined with criminal and administrative penalties. Contact to a Richmond personal injury lawyer and get the needed information about your case.
You should not take reckless driving charges lightly. You need the experienced and insightful counsel of The Joel Bieber Firm. Then, you’ll know how best to address your reckless driving ticket.
We dedicate ourselves to minimizing or eliminating a reckless driving conviction and the associated penalties. However, we can only effectively pursue these goals when you enlist our help in your case.
Defining Reckless Driving in Virginia
You may know what you would consider reckless driving, but Virginia law has its own definition.
Under Virginia State Law Code 46.2-862, you commit reckless driving whenever you exceed the posted speed limit by 20 miles per hour or more. You can also commit reckless driving if you drive faster than 85 miles per hour. It doesn’t matter what the speed limit actually is.
Fines are the punishment for speeding tickets, but the penalties for reckless driving are significantly more severe. A conviction for reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor. It can also result in up to one year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. Beyond this, the state may also suspend your driving privileges for six months.
When you are facing such significant penalties for a conviction, it pays to consult with The Joel Bieber Firm and our knowledgeable Richmond reckless driving lawyers.
Defenses to Reckless Driving Charges
Like any other criminal offense, you can contest your reckless driving charge. The burden is on local prosecutors to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
This can be challenging for prosecutors. The officer who wrote your ticket may not have any independent recollection of your traffic stop and did not have any car cam or body cam system operating that day.
Another possible defense involves the equipment the officer used to check your speed. Radar units in police cars must be tested daily before use and calibrated when they fall outside a limited range during testing.
If the officer’s radar unit is in need of calibration because it falls outside the acceptable tolerance, your lawyer can raise this as a defense. Evidence can also suggest the officer did not properly test their radar equipment before starting work that day.
It takes a skilled Richmond reckless driving lawyer with expertise in defending drivers to evaluate the prosecution’s case against you and recommend a suitable course of action. But this informed course of action can mean the difference between keeping your license and freedom and having to catch a ride for the next six months.
The Joel Bieber Firm Is Waiting to Hear from You
Hiring your Richmond reckless driving lawyer from The Joel Bieber Firm is the first step toward successfully resolving your reckless driving ticket. Once you hire us, we immediately get to work investigating the facts of your stop and sharing your options for responding to the charge. Our goal is the dismissal of your charge or at least a significant reduction in the penalties you face.
Call The Joel Bieber Firm today to schedule your consultation with a Richmond personal injury lawyer.