Leesburg Reckless Driving Lawyer Thomas Rock has extensive experience defending reckless driving charges throughout the state of Virginia. His extensive knowledge of the law and the science behind radar, lidar and laser speed reading equipment coupled with his ability to advocate strongly for his client’s individual needs make him an excellent reckless driving defense attorney.
Being charged with Reckless Driving, whether in Leesburg, Fairfax, Manassas or any other Virginia jurisdiction can have serious consequences in a client’s personal and professional lives. That is why it is imperative to hire a lawyer who knows the law and has the experience to successfully defend these cases. If you have been charged with reckless driving, contact Thomas Rock today for a free consultation.
Whether you are in Leesburg, Fairfax, Manassas or any other jurisdiction in Virginia, Reckless Driving can take many forms. Below are the most common types of Reckless Driving that are charged in Virginia.
Virginia Code Section 46.2-852(Reckless Driving; General Rule) Known in Virginia Courts as “Reckless Driving Generally”
Virginia Code Section 46.2-852 defines reckless driving as:
“Irrespective of the maximum speeds permitted by law, any person who drives a vehicle on any highway recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person shall be guilty of reckless driving.”
Virginia Code Section 46.2-852 is the broadest of the Virginia Reckless Driving Statutes and it is commonly charged in Leesburg and the surrounding jurisdictions.
Virginia Code Section 46.2-862 (Reckless Driving by Speed)Commonly referred to as “Reckless by Speed” 46.2-862 states:
“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.”
Virginia Code Section 46.2-860 (Failure to Give Proper Signals)
“A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who fails to give adequate and timely signals of intention to turn, partly turn, slow down, or stop”
Whether on a small street in Leesburg or on Interstate 95, many people throughout Virginia are shocked to learn that simply driving twenty miles an hour above the speed limit or in excess of 80 miles per hour is Reckless Driving and is a criminal offense.
In addition to these three forms of Reckless Driving, there are numerous other driving behaviors that are classified in Virginia as Reckless Driving, including but not limited to:
Virginia Code Section 46.2-853 (Driving vehicle not under control; faulty brakes)
Virginia Code Section 46.2-854 (Passing on or at the crest of a grade or curve)
Virginia Code Section 46.2-855 (Driving with driver’s view obstructed or control impaired)
Virginia Code Section 46.2-856 (Passing two vehicles abreast)
Virginia Code Section 46.2-859 (Passing a stopped school bus)
Reckless Driving is a Criminal Offense
As a class 1 misdemeanor, Reckless Driving is a criminal offense, and a conviction for Reckless Driving can have a devastating impact on people’s lives. Upon conviction for Reckless Driving, a client can be sentenced to as much as a $2,500.00 fine and up to 12 months in jail as well the suspension of their driver’s license.
In addition, a conviction for Reckless Driving can have a negative impact on a client’s security clearance, employment and auto insurance rates.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offense in Leesburg, Fairfax, Winchester or any other jurisdiction in Virginia, contact Thomas Rock today for a free consultation.
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Leesburg, Virginia 20176