Do I need a Lawyer for a Reckless Driving Ticket?

There are consequences as a result of a reckless driving conviction that have long term implications which you may not be aware.

Reckless driving is a criminal offense in most states. A conviction can result in multiple DMV points, large fines, a suspended driver’s license and potential jail time. In some states, the conviction stays on your driving record for up to eleven years.  In addition, your auto insurance may be increased significantly. If you drive a vehicle as a profession, you risk possibly losing your job. A reckless driving conviction may interfere with your security clearance if you are in the military or work with the government.

There are several reasons you can receive a ticket for reckless driving. Some of these include:

  • DUI/DWI – If you are ticketed for reckless driving and you are additionally charge with driving while intoxicated/under the influence you may be convicted of both charges.
  • Texting while driving. More state have now categorized texting while driving that is deemed harmful to others as reckless driving.
  • Passing a school bus while it is stopped with the red lights flashing.
  • Excessing speeding – amount varies from state to state
  • Running a stop sign or red light
  • Racing other vehicles
  • Purposely avoiding law enforcement
  • Passing over a double yellow line on a two-lane road

There are several circumstances that a law firm may argue with the judge to lessen or even dismiss the charge of reckless driving.  Discuss with an attorney about situations pertaining to your case.An experienced speeding ticket lawyer Abingdon VA drivers turn to can use their immense knowledge of the circumstances and experience in your specific state’s laws to aid you in establishing a strong case.  A few guidelines are listed below:

  • Your previously good driving record
  • You were speeding because you had a genuine emergency
  • Your speedometer malfunctioned
  • The officer’s radar had calibration issues

You may be asked to provide information to help your case, such as:

  • A copy of your driving record
  • Get your speedometer calibrated
  • If possible take a driver education class
  • See about completing community service

It is important to note that the judge, at his discretion, can reduce the charge from reckless driving to improper driving. Improper driving comes with a fine that may be up to $500 and recorded as a traffic violation. The charge and points are removed from your driving record after three years. In addition, some judges will send drivers to a class for driving improvement and in exchange for completion of the class, the charges will be dismissed.


Thank you to the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for providing insight on the penalties of criminal offenses and driving.