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Leesburg Reckless Driving Charges

If you are charged with reckless driving in Leesburg, your case will be heard in the Loudoun County General District Court located at 18 East Market Street in Leesburg, Virginia. Prosecutors and judges in the state of Virginia take these charges very seriously.

For more information about how you can defend yourself against such a charge, speak to a Leesburg reckless driving lawyer and discuss your course of action.

Top Things to Know About Reckless Driving Charges in Leesburg

If you are charged with a reckless driving offense in Leesburg the top three things that you should be aware of are – (1) the judge and the prosecutor will take the case very seriously. They are not simply going to reduce or dismiss the charge because you come in court and ask them to.

(2) You should expect that an experienced reckless driving attorney will assist you and that they will require your assistance to help yourself. This may include gathering your Virginia or out of state driving records, having your speedometer calibrated, or providing them with certain mitigating documentations about your background such as your resume, past community service and proof of safe driving behavior, such as completion of a voluntary driving course.

In addition, (3) you should expect that you choose to go with an experienced Leesburg criminal defense attorney has an established relationship with the local prosecutors, law enforcement officials, and judges. You should also expect that we will work tirelessly on your behalf to achieve the best results possible, and that you will remain informed during the entire process.

Appearing in Court for Leesburg Reckless Driving Charges

Reckless driving cases when heard in the Loudoun County General District Court are always heard by a judge and never by a jury. If you are convicted by a judge in the General District Court and choose to appeal that decision, you may elect to have your case heard by a judge or a jury at the Loudoun County Circuit Court. At the General District Court level, people do not have the right to a jury trial.

If you are charged with reckless driving, you are given a Virginia Uniform Summons indicating that your appearance is required in court. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, including the offense for which you are charged and level of severity of your alleged offense, you may not have to appear in court at all.

You want to contact your Virginia reckless driving attorney to discuss whether or not they can appear on your behalf. Typically, if your appearance is required on the Virginia Uniform Summons you do need to appear. One of the worst things you can do in this kind of situation is just to mail in the ticket and hope that it goes away.

In addition, Virginia reckless driving offenses are not pre-payable offenses. This means you must appear in the court or the judge may find you guilty in your absence. In other circumstances the judge may issue a bench warrant for your arrest for ‘Failing to Appear.’

Traffic Offenses v. Reckless Driving Offenses

Traffic tickets on the other hand are generally pre-payable. Commonly issued traffic tickets include simple speeding, failing to obey a highway sign or failure to obey a traffic signal. These tickets are governed by the Virginia Uniform Fine System and will have a fine based upon the applicable code section.

In addition, you may receive Virginia DMV points for traffic infractions depending on the severity of the offense.

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