What is 46.2-862 Reckless Driving in Virginia?

There are many different reckless driving statues in Virginia. The two most common forms of reckless driving cited in Northern Virginia are Va. Code Sections 46.2-862 and 46.2-852.  Virginia Code Section 46.2-862 provides that "A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth: (i) at a speed of twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit or (ii) in excess of eighty miles per hour regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit." Accordingly, driving 75 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone is reckless driving.  This is true regardless of whether you knew you were going 75 and regardless of whether you intended to drive 75 miles per hour or faster.  However, there are several methods an experienced Fairfax reckless driving attorney can use to either defend your case and/or negotiate a resolution with the prosecutor that involve a plea to a non-criminal, non-reckless driving reduced traffic offense.  However, jurisdictions in Virginia vary considerably from county to county.  Therefore, it is critical that you hire a FAIRFAX reckless driving lawyer for your Fairfax case - not a lawyer that claims he will go anywhere in Virginia and simply "moonlights" in Fairfax from time to time.  Contact  a Fairfax reckless driving defense lawyer to discuss your case.

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