Reckless driving is a serious misdemeanor offense in Virginia, and you face harsh punishments if convicted of this crime. You could make it harder for an experienced traffic law attorney to defend you if you make mistakes in your case. Here are the top five errors you do not want to make:
#1: Admitting Your Guilt
You should not admit you are guilty of reckless driving when stopped by the police—even if you believe you are guilty. They could use your statements to arrest and convict you.
#2: Arguing With the Police Officer
You should not argue with the law enforcement officer who pulls you over. This could cause the situation to escalate into a dangerous one that could jeopardize your safety. This could lead to other serious charges in addition to reckless driving.
#3: Not Taking the Reckless Driving Charges Seriously
You should not treat a reckless driving charge like a speeding or other traffic citation. You face these punishments if you are convicted:
- Up to 12 months in jail
- Fine of up to $2,500
- Six-month driver’s license suspension
- Six demerit points being placed on your driving record
In addition, you would have a permanent criminal record that could affect your ability to obtain an education, housing, employment, and more.
#4: Assuming You Have to Plead Guilty
Do not make the mistake of thinking you have no choice but to plead guilty to reckless driving. You may have strong defenses to fight the charges you face—even if you committed a reckless driving offense. You might be able to get the charges dismissed or reduced to a less severe charge if you raise your defenses rather than plead guilty.
#5: Not Retaining a Lawyer
One of the biggest mistakes you could make is not to retain a knowledgeable traffic ticket attorney immediately after being charged with reckless driving. You cannot raise your defenses or effectively negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor without the help of a lawyer.
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