Reckless Driving

Virginia Reckless Driving Defense Lawyers


There are numerous types of reckless driving charges in Virginia. The most common charges are:

  • Reckless driving by speed (Reckless Speeding)
  • Reckless driving that threatens life
  • Reckless driving resulting in the failure to maintain control of a vehicle

The classification and severity of your charge can greatly affect the possible consequence of a conviction. Penalties range from minor fines a $2,500 fine, a year in jail and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

Other common ways someone may be charged with Reckless Driving

a. 46.2-854 Passing on a grade or on a curve
b. 46.2-855 Driving with View obstructed/control impaired
c. 46.2-856 Passing two vehicles abreast
d. 46.2-857 Driving two abreast in a single lane
e. 46.2-858 Passing at a railroad grade crossing
f. 46.2-859 Passing a stopped school bus
g. 46.2-860 Failing to give proper signals
h. 46.2-861 Driving too fast for conditions
i. 46.2-863 Failure to yield
j. 46.2-864 Recklessness on parking lots, etc
k. 46.2-865 Racing
l. 46.2-865.1 Injuring or causing death of another while racing; penalties
m. 46.2-866 Racing; aiders or abettors
n. 46.2-867 Racing; seizure of motor vehicle
o. 46.2-868.1 Aggressive Driving
There are two keys to a successful defense of reckless driving charges and reckless speeding tickets:

  • Identifying defenses of the charges
  • Have the charges reduced or dismissed based on mitigating evidence

The reckless driving attorneys at Weiland Upton can confidently claim that we have successfully argued for the reduction or dismissal of the  majority of the reckless driving cases we handle.

Reckless Driving (Felony or Misdemeanor) and years the demerit points stay on your DMV Record.
( Source- Virginia DMV )

Reckless driving – speeding in excess of 80 mph (11 years)
Reckless driving – speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit (11 years)
Reckless driving – racing (11 years)
Reckless driving – passing or overtaking an emergency vehicle (11 years)
Reckless driving – passing a school bus (11 years)
Reckless driving – passing on the crest of a hill (11 years)
Reckless driving – passing at a railroad crossing (11 years)
Reckless driving – passing two vehicles abreast (11 years)
Reckless driving – driving two vehicles abreast (11 years)
Reckless driving – driving too fast for conditions (11 years)
Reckless driving – failing to give a proper signal (11 years)
Reckless driving – faulty brakes/improper control (11 years)
Reckless driving – on parking lots, etc. (11 years)
Reckless driving – with an obstructed view (11 years)
Reckless driving – generally (11 years)
Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit (5 years)

Our lawyers handle reckless driving ticket cases in the City of Richmond and numerous local jurisdictions surrounding the City of Richmond.  These jurisdictions include Brunswick, Emporia. King George, New Kent County, Spotsylvania County, the City of Hopewell, Sussex County, Caroline County, Amelia County, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield County, Prince George County, the City of Colonial Heights, the City of Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Goochland County, Stafford County and Powhatan County.

Weiland Upton: Identifying Defenses, Fighting for Reduced Charges in Reckless Speeding Cases.

Often, there is little distinguishing a reckless driving charge involving speed from a minor speeding ticket. Yet, the difference in penalties can add up to months in jail, months of suspended driving privileges and thousands of dollars in fines.

Reckless Driving and Traffic LawyersOur Virginia reckless driving lawyers teach traffic violation law, advise lawyers from other jurisdictions and have advised the Virginia House of Delegates regarding reckless driving law. We can quickly and accurately evaluate your case, provide an honest assessment and deliver experienced, knowledgeable representation.

Find out More – Frequently Asked Questions About Reckless Driving

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If you face a reckless driving charge in Virginia, contact the law firm of Weiland Upton. We provide free initial consultations, accept credit cards and are conveniently located near I-95 and I-295 in the Richmond area.  Call us at (804) 355-8037 or contact us online.