An Reckless Driving Attorney can Help You Avoid Jail Time & Fines

Reckless driving can have unexpected consequences. There are over fifteen statutes in the Virginia Code that cover reckless driving, the violation of any of those statutes is a Class 1 Misdemeanor. Depending on the circumstances, this can entail fines up of to $2,500 or even jail time for offenders in Virginia Beach, VA. David A. Cardon has practiced criminal defense law over two decades and can assist you in preparing your case. As your attorney, he can evaluate the specifics of your violation and determine the best plan of action. Contact us online or call us at (757) 306-9060 to schedule a free consultation. 

What is Reckless Driving? 

Reckless driving is defined as driving recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person.

What Offenses can be Considered Reckless Driving? 

The following offenses can also be considered reckless driving:

Faulty Brakes
Driving a vehicle which is not under proper control or which has inadequate or improperly adjusted brakes.
Driver's View Obstructed
Driving a vehicle that is so loaded or when there are so many people in the front seat that the driver's view of the road to the front or sides of the vehicle is obstructed.
Failing to Give Proper Signals
Failing to give adequate and timely signals of intention to turn, partly turn, slow down or stop.
Driving Too Fast for Highway and Traffic Conditions
Exceeding a reasonable speed under the circumstances and traffic conditions existing at the time, regardless of any posted speed limit.
Exceeding Speed Limit
Driving (1) twenty miles over the speed limit when the speed limit is thirty miles per hour or less, (2) sixty miles per hour or more when the speed limit is thirty-five miles per hour, (3) twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the speed limit, when the limit is forty-five miles or more, or (4) eighty miles per hour regardless of the maximum speed limit.
David A. Cardon has helped clients avoid large fines and even receive a complete dismissal of their offense.

Factors That May Affect the Outcome of Your Case

The following are some of the factors that might affect whether or not you receive a jail sentence for reckless driving:

Driving Record
What is your driving record? Do you have positive points with the DMV? If the judge looks at your driving record and finds you have multiple convictions for speeding, reckless driving, or driving under the influence, the judge might think jail time is needed to teach you a lesson.
Injured Victims
If your reckless driving offense caused an accident, were any people injured? If there were people injured by an accident caused by your recklessness, the judge is more likely to give you a stiff punishment.
Attitude When Arrested
Where you a jerk to the police officer? Whether or not you receive jail time correlates directly with your attitude with the police officer when arrested. If you are uncooperative or argumentative with the officer, the officer is going to tell the judge at your trial. Judges routinely send those people to jail.
Attitude/Appearance in Court
Are you dressed like a bum in court? I can not stress enough how important it is to have a good attitude/appearance in court. When in court, make sure you are dressed appropriately. Come to court well groomed and dressed nicely. Do not wear shorts, jeans, cut-off or tank top shirts, or clothing with rips or tears. Justice might be blind, but it is a judge who can see that decides whether or not you go to jail.
Speed When Arrested
How fast were you going? If you were caught going 80 mph in a 55 mph zone, chances are you will not receive active jail time, unless the circumstances were aggravated. For example, you were uncooperative, you injured someone, or you have a bad driving record. If you were caught going 90 mph in a 55 mph zone, chances are you will receive jail time. If you were going over 100 mph, you can count on spending time in jail.

Professional, Reliable Counsel at Cardon Law 

Our team defends the rights of clients with traffic offenses. We can review the details of your case and determine how to best proceed with your reckless driving violation. David A. Cardon has helped clients avoid large fines and even receive a complete dismissal of their offense. Contact us online or by phone at (757) 306-9060 so we can provide you with immediate counsel. 

David A. Cardon

Cardon Law

David A. Cardon is an attorney practicing traffic, criminal, and personal injury law for over 20 years. He is a member of:

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association

Mr. Cardon is regularly featured on the news as a commentator for local cases. To experience The Cardon Difference firsthand, call us at (757) 620-3283 or request your free consultation online.

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