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Reckless Driving by Speed in Fairfax, VA – Why do I need a reckless driving lawyer in virginia?

Why? Because in Virginia, Reckless Driving by Speed is a Class 1 Misdemeanor. A Class 1 Misdemeanor is a criminal charge. It is in the same class of criminal charges as misdemeanor possession of drugs, DWI, assault and battery, and petit larceny (shoplifting). The Virginia legislature does not appear to be interested in changing this classification. The threshold for a speeding ticket to fall into the Reckless Driving category in Virginia is among the lowest in the entire country. Speeding in excess of 80 mph, regardless of the speed limit, or speeding 20 mph over the speed limit, puts the charge in the Class 1 Misdemeanor category. The maximum penalties for Reckless Driving by Speed are a $2,500 fine, 12 months in jail, and a 6 month driver’s license suspension. In addition, there are court costs, potential insurance premium increases, and the existence of a misdemeanor conviction on any future criminal background check.

What can a lawyer do to help? A lawyer will fight to protect you and your constitutional rights. A lawyer will analyze the evidence against you and determine if the criminal charge can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The Virginia Court of Appeals in the 2016 case, Wells v. Commonwealth, 65 Va. App. 722, stated that the only element at issue for trial in these cases is the speed at which the defendant is driving. In Wells, the Court confirmed that, under Virginia law, there is “no particular method of determining speed”. Therefore, in order to prevent a conviction in Court, the evidence of the speed or the method employed to measure the speed must be attacked. An experienced lawyer knows the best ways to object to evidence, to cast doubt on the speed or method used, and to present your position to the judge in the most favorable manner. An experienced lawyer will also negotiate with the prosecutor assigned to your case to explore the possibility of entering a plea agreement for a lesser charge that is not classified as a criminal misdemeanor. In short, a knowledgeable and skilled lawyer will defend you with the same tenacity as he or she would defend a more serious criminal charge, with the intent of securing the best possible outcome given all of the facts and circumstances relevant to your personal situation.

 

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The law firm of Gross, Romanick, Dean & DeSimone, P.C. provides representation to individuals charged with reckless driving and other traffic-related offenses in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Go to www.grddlaw.com to learn more about us. Call us at 703-273-1400 or send an e-mail to info@grddlaw.com.

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Gross, Romanick, Dean & DeSimone, P.C. is a law firm located in Fairfax, Virginia. Since 1980, our attorneys have dedicated themselves to providing cost efficient legal services to individuals and businesses in Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. We meet our clients’ needs by applying hard work with integrity to find creative and practical legal solutions. Our extensive business litigation experience, and our understanding of the transactional mistakes that often lead to expensive courtroom battles, helps us to advise our clients on business deals and the resolution of commercial disputes. To learn more about our firm, visit: www.grddlaw.com or call us at 703-273-1400