When pulled over for speeding, the last thing we expect is to be charged with reckless driving, but that is exactly what can happen to a driver in Fairfax, Virginia. Learn more about the case and how to defend yourself if you are ever charged with this crime.


Reckless Driving


One of the questions that we often get is whether speeding is the same as reckless driving because the traffic laws in Virginia are very strict, and mean that if you are speeding, the police officer has the option of giving you a ticket for speeding as an infraction or he can give you a ticket for reckless driving, which is a misdemeanor. 


This charge is so serious that it is punishable by drunk driving. It carries a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine, as well as a driver’s license suspension for up to six months.


The reckless driving charge may be given for:

  • Driving 20 miles over the speed limit.
  • Driving 85 miles and over the speed limit.
  • Driving in a manner that endangers your property or physical safety.


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What to do if you get a ticket for reckless driving? Reckless driving is a serious charge and can result in fines, loss of license, or even jail time. At Right Path Law Group, we have over 15 years of experience in these types of cases. If you are facing reckless driving charges, call us today at 703-637-9999 for a free consultation. We will help you understand your rights and build the best possible defense for your case.