I wanted to write this book because Reckless Driving cases are very common and most people do not understand the seriousness of the charge. People need to be educated on the severity of a Reckless Driving ticket and what can be done to avoid a criminal conviction. This book is for anyone charged with a Reckless Driving ticket in Virginia.
People from all walks of life get charged with Reckless Driving. However, a lot of people are unaware that a Reckless Driving ticket is essentially a traffic ticket on steroids. It is not a minor traffic infraction. It is actually a criminal offense - a class 1 misdemeanor in fact. That is the most severe type of misdemeanor. A conviction of a class 1 misdemeanor carries with it a permanent criminal record, a potential jail sentence of a maximum of 12 months, and a potential fine of a maximum of $2,500. That puts the crime of Reckless Driving in the same boat as the crimes of Assault and Battery, Larceny, DUI, or Intentional Destruction of Property, etc., all of which are also class 1 misdemeanors.
In addition, a conviction of Reckless Driving carries with it a potential suspension of your driver’s license for a maximum of 6 months, demerit points on your driving record, and increased car insurance rates. If you have a commercial driver’s license (“CDL”), it could be impacted or revoked due to a conviction of Reckless Driving. This could, in turn, cause you to lose your job or prevent you from obtaining a job that requires a CDL.
Even if you are not a resident of Virginia, the criminal conviction would still follow you on your criminal record. And, as of the date of this book, there is no provision under Virginia law that will allow you to hide, expunge, seal, or have that criminal conviction removed from your criminal record.
Consequently, if an employer were to utilize a federal government system to conduct a criminal background check on you, it would show that you have been convicted of a class 1 misdemeanor for Reckless Driving. You would have to disclose that conviction on job applications, various license applications, and security clearance applications if the application asks if you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor.
I have also written this book because I do not want people to be misled or scared by online blogs and attorneys that use scare tactics to lure people into hiring them. Since there is a variance in information about these charges online and in the real world, it can be misleading and confusing for anyone. You cannot always trust what you read online, even if it is from an attorney because you do not know anything about that attorney. Is that attorney licensed to practice law in Virginia? Does that attorney work in the particular court in which you are charged? Does that attorney know your particular judge? Does that attorney handle these types of cases? Does that attorney know what he or she is doing? Does that attorney know all of the technical defenses to a Reckless Driving ticket? There are a lot of unknowns. Therefore, I have decided to write this book as a means to provide completely accurate and precise information about Reckless Driving tickets as opposed to what people may read online or hear from another attorney.