What is Reckless Driving by Speeding?

Virginia Class 1 Misdemeanor 

Many people are shocked to learn that Virginia has criminalized simple speeding.  What does that mean? In Virginia, if you are traveling at a speed 20 MPH over the limit or above 80, you can be charged with a criminal offense.  Not just any criminal offense, but a Class 1 misdemeanor.  In Virginia, that is the most serious of the 4 levels of misdemeanor offenses.  The next offense level up would be a felony. 

Reckless driving is punishable by up to 1 year in jail, a $2,500 fine, and a 6 month license suspension.  Some people treat this as a glorified speeding ticket and that is a HUGE mistake.

Permanent Criminal Record

If you are convicted, you will have a permanent criminal record with the FBI for the rest of your life.  This is different from a DMV record.  A reckless driving will drop off of you DMV record in Virginia after 11 years BUT it will never come off of your NCIC criminal record.  You will be a convicted criminal.

Get Help from a Fairfax Reckless Driving Defense Lawyer

Learn more about what it means to be charged with reckless driving by speaking with an experienced Fairfax Virginia Reckless Driving Defense Lawyer.  Call 703-556-0004 or use the Contact Us box to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.  Kyle Manikas will analyze your Fairfax case from the perspective of a former Fairfax County prosecutor who has an inside understanding of the Fairfax system you will face.

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