New Reckless Law|Reckless Speeding|Reckless General| and Many other Types of Reckless Driving under Virginia Law
2020 New Virginia Reckless Driving law raises speed limit to 85 MPH for reckless driving.
Previously, this was "anything over 80 mph is reckless" in addition to anything 20 MPH above the limit. This new law still charges anything 20 over, so the change mostly only matters in zones of 65 mph and higher. However, it does tend to have an overall effect on the way that these speeds have to be viewed.
- Did you know that the Virginia speeding ticket you were issued could be a reckless driving citation? Fairfax County traffic violations carry serious consequences. Some major traffic offenses are considered to be criminal acts and could result in a jail sentence, not to mention a significant fine. If you have been accused of reckless driving, whether by speeding, an accident case or other types of recklessness, you are going to need expert legal representation from someone who is familiar with the Fairfax County traffic court. For cases of racing, aggressive driving or operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, there are numerous defenses that can only best be raised by an experienced Fairfax County traffic attorney.
- Every day, law enforcement officers write as many as 1,000 traffic tickets to drivers in Fairfax County. There are only 6 major highways in Fairfax County:
- Interstate 66 (I-66),
- Interstate 95 (I-95),
- Interstate 495 (I-495),
- Fairfax County Parkway (Route 7100),
- the Dulles Toll Road/Access Road (Route 267) and
- Interstate 395 (I-395).
Police write an average of 1,000 or more tickets every day in Fairfax County.
The Virginia State Police are more likely to patrol the highways mentioned above, but we also have many tickets written by the Fairfax County Police, Airport Police, Metro Police, Campus Police, and other agencies. Some of the hot spots for tickets on smaller highways are Route 7, Route 1, Route 50, Route 236, Braddock Road, and Route 123.
Virginia traffic fines can cost anywhere from $250 max for minor offenses to $2,500 max for more serious charges such as Reckless or Driving on a Suspended License. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will post the conviction to your record and, for moving violations, assign demerit points based on the offense. For example, a violation for Reckless Driving by Speeding in excess of 80 mph will carry six demerit points and remain on your driving record for 11 years. If the citation goes unchallenged, you may end up with a criminal record, depending on the charge.
Paul McGlone is an experienced Fairfax County traffic lawyer and he will work hard to get your charges reduced, if not dropped. Contact McGlone Law Firm, P.C. at (703) 273-2750 or toll-free at (888) 273-2750 for legal advice regarding your Fairfax County traffic case.
McGlone Law Firm, P.C. is located in Fairfax, Virginia and represents major traffic violation cases. Fairfax Attorney Paul McGlone limits his new clients to those with cases within Fairfax County. He is at the Fairfax County Court almost every day that they are open, and is very familiar with the way cases are handled by the judges and prosecution. There are myriad defenses available for Virginia traffic cases and the sooner you contact a lawyer, the better your chances of having a successful outcome.
Certain evidence will need to be gathered to build a strong defense, such as a an accuracy test of your speedometer and a copy of your driving record. There are also timelines as to when actions need to be taken. Paul McGlone has over 20 years of experience defending clients and will be able to advise you on what needs to be done. Contact McGlone Law Firm, P.C., immediately at (888) 273-2750 or (703) 273-2750, if you have been cited with a major traffic violation in Fairfax County.