People may think that reckless driving is a normal charge like speeding and breaking the signal in which you just pay the fine and keep on enjoying your driving privileges and move on. However, in Virginia reckless driving can have a huge negative impact and very serious consequences on your life. It is considered to be a criminal offense and accused can be in for jail time if not properly defended by a professional attorney.
It is mostly seen as a class 1 misdemeanor but under worst circumstances it can act as a class 6 felonies. On the other hand, it frequently ends up with a heavy fine, jail time and even suspension of license.
Jail time can be from 1 to 5 years depending on the number of times you have been caught driving recklessly. Judges are unlikely to give you jail time on your first offense but in some counties, judges have given jail time on the basis of how over the speed limit you were driving.
The maximum fine from reckless driving can be 2500 dollars while in some cases fine has been omitted but is still highly unlikely.
The license can be suspended for 10 days to a maximum of 6 months depending on the offense. You will have to follow the terms laid out by the judge to get your license back. And it will have a six-point demerit on your license which can stay there for 11 years.
Various negative impacts of reckless driving charge:
Most car insurance companies raise their rates if you have a reckless driving charge and some may even revoke it completely.
These charges regardless if its class 1 or class 6 felony, will go on to your criminal record and will make it difficult for you to get accepted for a job or rent a house. Having this record removed is a lengthy and hard process and follows you outside Virginia as well.
If your charge was a felony, it will be very hard for you to get a security clearance in the future and it will also show up in your background checks when applying for anything. Although your agency can help you in getting it, but it will remain a hindrance for a long time.
if you were charged because of an accident, the victim can sue you in civil court and it will be very likely that you’ll have to reimburse them or pay medical and repair costs.
To avoid such serious consequences you should try to always drive safely and remain within the laws of the state. While a good lawyer may help decrease the damage but it still leaves a negative mark on your driving life.