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Fairfax Reckless Driving Attorney
In Virginia, reckless driving is a criminal misdemeanor that results from a traffic violation that jeopardizes the safety of yourself or others on the road. If you have been charged with reckless driving in Fairfax or the surrounding areas, contact Karin Riley Porter Attorney at Law to speak with a Fairfax reckless driving attorney. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to thoroughly evaluate your case and will fight to protect your rights and maintain your driving privileges. A well-qualified defense lawyer will have experience defending a variety of charges, including those that stem from a traffic violations. That can include, but is not necessarily limited to:
- Speeding in excess of 20 mph over the posted limit
- Traveling at 80 mph or more, regardless of the posted limit
- Failing to yield to an emergency vehicle
- Failing to properly signal
- Passing a vehicle on a curve
Fairfax Crash Statistics
Law Enforcement and prosecutors aggressively pursues reckless driving offenses in an effort to make the region safer for its residents and visitors. According the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Fairfax County has ranked within the top three counties for the highest number of fatal crashes from 2008 through 2012 (you can view a pdf copy of the statistical report here). It is therefore understandable that authorities are pushing to lower those numbers in the hopes of saving lives.
Unfortunately, some law enforcement officials can become over-zealous in their efforts. You may have made a fairly innocent mistake, and are now facing the possibility of a criminal charge on your record, which can affect your employment status, ability to pass background checks, negatively impact your credit rating, and cause you extreme embarrassment among your family and colleagues. Aside from those negative consequences you are also facing the very real possibility of jail time if you do not secure a strong defense attorney. When your freedom is on the line, you want to have confidence in your choice of attorney. You want someone who will work tirelessly on your case and who will give it the attention it deserves. While reckless driving charges can be somewhat common in the Commonwealth of Virginia, this doesn’t lessen the impact they can have on your life.
How Did My Speeding Ticket Become a Criminal Offense?
Under Virginia law, reckless driving is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor. See § 46.2-868(A). This means you could serve up to one year in jail, pay up to $2,500 in fines, and lose your license for up to six months if you are found guilty of the charge. Whether through negotiating a favorable plea agreement, or motioning the court to dismiss all charges, the legal team with Karin Riley Porter Attorney at Law will exhaust all possible options in your defense. If you need help defending yourself against other criminal offenses in Fairfax County, Ms. Porter and the team of attorneys that she leads can also help you.
Fairfax Traffic Laws
Traffic offenses are committed daily in Fairfax County. While some people may assume they don’t need the assistance of a dedicated traffic attorney, there are many situations in which an attorney can help you protect your rights and maintain your driving privileges. Whether you need to fight a Fairfax speeding ticket because you can’t afford more points against your license, or you have been charged with a serious traffic violation and misdemeanor offense and are therefore facing exorbitant fines, driving restrictions, jail time, and other issues, Karin Riley Porter Attorney at Law has experienced traffic lawyers who will know how best to assist you. The attorneys have represented numerous clients accused of a variety of offenses, including driving with a suspended license, driving with a revoked license, and reckless driving.
Call a Fairfax Reckless Driving Attorney
If you have been charged with a traffic violation in Fairfax, Reston, or elsewhere in Fairfax County, you may think your best option, or only option, is to plead guilty. However, serious traffic offenses in Virginia can result in severe penalties that can impact your future, including the accrual of a criminal record. Before you enter a plea, or appear before the court, contact a Fairfax reckless driving attorney for a free, initial legal consultation at (703) 278-2800.