Reckless Driving Has Serious Consequences; You Need a Good Lawyer


There are numerous instances that can lead to a reckless driving ticket. Whatever the reasons are, you might find yourself in a whole lot of trouble once you’ve been caught speeding or performing other acts of reckless driving.

What are the potential consequences?

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, a conviction of a traffic citation violation can result in several actions:

  • A negative report on your driving record
  • A certain number of demerit points, assigned according to the severity of the charges
  • Possible order of license suspension or revocation
  • An order to participate in drivers’ safety courses
  • Notification to your insurance company

The Virginia DMV groups violations into three different demerit point groups: three, four, and six point violations.  One example of a three point violation is driving five miles over the speed limit. These demerit points might stay on your record for five years. An example of a six point violation involving reckless driving includes passing a school bus which will remain on your record for eleven years.

Things to look for when Searching for a Good Lawyer

Once you have gathered up a short list of potential lawyers, you’ll want to carefully evaluate your different choices. Naturally, you should choose a lawyer with a solid reputation and plenty of experience. If you can’t find any background on a lawyer, then you should probably just move on.

Take time to visit with each lawyer whom you are considering. Get answers to the following questions:

  • Does the lawyer handle cases similar to yours? How often has the lawyer been successful with those cases?
  • How often has the lawyer represented clients in court? Has the lawyer worked in the courtroom where your case will be tried before? Does the lawyer have experience with the judge and the prosecuting attorney?
  • Will other professionals be working on your case? How much of your case will they be handling?

What to Expect from the Lawyer

You should be able to expect respectful and highly qualified representation from the lawyer you have chosen. Before your case makes it to trial, your lawyer will be working closely with many law enforcement officers, the prosecutors, and other court officials. Look for a lawyer with good relationships with these professionals. Your lawyer should also be willing to go through their intended strategy with you and keep you up-to-date with any developments in the case.

Following the case, you’ll want your lawyer to follow up with post-conviction assistance. Look for a lawyer who will help you to understand the details of you conviction, including any restrictions which you will be under and any obligations you will have as a result of the conviction. It is important that your lawyer help you after a conviction so that you are able to regain your driving privileges as quickly as possible.

The consequences you’ll face after a reckless driving conviction are serious. You need to know that the lawyer you’ve hired will provide you with the best representation possible.

Lawyer - Weiland Upton

At the Richmond, Virginia, criminal and serious traffic charges defense law firm of Weiland Upton, our attorney team has years of experience representing persons charged with DUI and other serious traffic offenses.

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