Types of Virginia Reckless Driving Offenses Penalties

Reckless driving is typically a catch-all term that refers to many types of traffic infringements which are viewed as endangering to oneself, others and/or property. In Virginia State, reckless driving is a class 1 misdemeanor, carrying a wide variety of possible penalties as well as significant long-term consequences. What is the penalty for reckless driving in VA?

The maximum punishment for the conviction of reckless driving in Virginia State are:

  • $2500 fine
  • Six (6) DMV points
  • Driver’s license suspension for six months
  • Jail time for twelve months

Reckless driving by speed is the most common type of both traffic violation as well as reckless driving, which implies that one was traveling over eighty miles per hour or twenty or more miles per over the defined speed limit. Penalty for reckless driving in VA is quite severe as mentioned above. Therefore, the person accused of reckless driving must retain a well-versed attorney to defend rights as well as get the best possible outcome declared.

The Regulation of Traffic Code defines the Virginia reckless driving statute as § 46.2-862. Exceeding speed limit

“An individual shall be guilty of the reckless driving offense who drives an auto vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth of Virginia

at a speed of 20 mph or more than the applicable highest speed limit or more than 80 mph irrespective of the applicable highest speed limit.”

Considering the penalty for reckless driving in VA, how long charges of reckless driving (misdemeanor or felony) remain active on one’s DMV record:

In Virginia State, reckless driving, as mentioned earlier, is a 6-point traffic infringement and the number of years such conviction remains on one’s DMV record is in absolute parentheses with each violation mentioned as follows:

You must remember that demerit points will also be added to one’s traffic convictions’ record happened in other states.

  1. Eleven years for speeding in excess of EIGHTY mph
  2. Eleven years for Speeding TWENTY mph or more above the defined speed limit
  3. Eleven years for speeding racing
  4. Eleven years for overtaking an emergency vehicle or speeding passing
  5. Eleven years for speeding passing a school bus
  6. Eleven years for speeding passing on the crest of a hill
  7. Eleven years for speeding passing at a railroad crossing
  8. Eleven years for speeding passing 2 vehicles abreast
  9. Eleven years for speeding driving 2 vehicles abreast
  10. Eleven years for speeding driving too fast for conditions
  11. Eleven years for speeding failing to give an appropriate signal
  12. Eleven years for speeding improver control/faulty brakes
  13. Eleven years for speeding on parking lots, etc.
  14. Eleven years for speeding with an obstructed view
  15. Eleven years for speeding generally
  16. Five years for speeding TWENTY miles per hour or more above the defined speed limit

Taking into account the severe penalty for reckless driving in VA, if you have been charged with such felony or misdemeanor, it is imperative for you to retain a well-versed defense lawyer to help you mitigate the punishment and get the best possible outcome.