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Reckless Driving

In Virginia, any speeds over 80 mph or in excess of 20 mph over the speed limit are automatically classified as “Reckless Driving.” Reckless Driving is not an ordinary speeding ticket which is merely an infraction, but it is a criminal charge. Just how serious a criminal charge? It is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, the most serious crime possible without being a felony. Other examples of Class 1 Misdemeanors include shoplifting up to $200, animal cruelty, and drunk driving.  In theory, persons charged with Reckless Driving face a fine of up to $2,500, jail for up to 1 year, and a lengthy suspension of your driving privileges. Now, don’t be scared when you hear that, because almost no one gets the maximum sentence just for driving too fast. However, this does illustrate that the charge itself is not to be taken lightly. If you are charged with Reckless Driving, you should hire an experienced traffic attorney who knows the best way to get the charge reduced or dropped.