The Commonwealth of Virginia is strict when it comes to traffic laws.
What may be considered a civil traffic infraction in the surrounding states could be deemed a reckless driving crime in Fairfax County.
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.
As you can see, there is no requirement that the driver actually endanger anyone or drive in an actual reckless manner. Nor is there any requirement that the driver have knowledge of their speed, or intend to drive at that speed.
It is scary to think that you can be charged with a crime for simple speeding.
Not only will you be considered a criminal if you are found guilty, but you might also have to deal with the following issues:
- Loss of your driver's license;
- Up to $2,500 in fines, plus court costs;
- Incarceration of up to a year in jail;
- A permanent criminal record, even if you have never previously committed a crime in your life;
- An unclean background check;
- Possible problems with your security clearance and/or access to certain Federal buildings for work purposes;
- Increased auto and life insurance rates;
- The embarrassment of being found guilty of the same level of misdemeanor (Class 1) as those that sell drugs or commit theft.
Don't let a reckless driving charge ruin the rest of your life.
Hiring a Fairfax County reckless driving attorney can be one of the best steps you can take to prevent a criminal conviction. But it is important to remember that not all attorneys have the same level of experience in handling these types of cases.
Using a lawyer who used to prosecute reckless driving cases in Fairfax County can make all of the difference in your case. Not only did attorney Kyle G. Manikas gain experience as a Fairfax County prosecutor , but he also is highly experienced in defenses that can be used in reckless driving cases, has established relationships within the Fairfax County court system, and is aware of the ways that the police and current prosecutors will try to prove your guilt.
If you are facing a reckless driving charge in Fairfax County and are anxious about your future, then attorney Manikas will provide you with a FREE consultation and copy of our consumer book, Virginia Reckless Driving-What You Need to Know.
Call to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Kyle G. Manikas. Mr. Manikas will analyze your Fairfax case from the perspective of a former prosecutor who has an inside understanding of the Fairfax system you will face.
Manikas Law LLC
10513 Judicial Drive, Suite 203
Fairfax, VA 22030