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Virginia Reckless Driving Law


In Virginia there are multiple code sections for reckless driving. The most commonly issued summons is for reckless driving by speeding.

What may appear as a simple traffic infraction for speeding may actually be a charge of reckless driving; which is a criminal offense and a class one misdemeanor. In Virginia, a class one misdemeanor is the most serious misdemeanor. The maximum penalty for reckless driving is 12 months jail, a $2,500 fine and a six month license suspension.

A charge of DUI is also a class one misdemeanor.

And, unfortunately for out-of-state residents, not being aware of Virginia's harsh driving laws does not constitute a legal defense. Even motorists who have not endangered life or property, but have been clocked driving at 20 mph over the posted speed limit or over 80 mph in any posted speed limit (including 70 mph zones), may be arrested or issued a summons for reckless driving. In Virginia, speed alone may support a charge of reckless driving.

A motorist traveling in a 70 mph zone on a Virginia interstate at 3:00 a.m., without another motorist within a mile's distance, may be arrested or issued a summons for reckless driving if he is clocked at 81 mph or higher, by a law enforcement officer.

Though a class one misdemeanor requires the defendant's court appearance, some of the policies of the local courts may allow defense counsel to appear in court on behalf of out-of-state defendants or for defendants for other valid reasons. It is important to retain a Virginia traffic court lawyer who knows the law and policies of the traffic courts. It may be possible for Mr. Kuligowski to appear in court on your behalf. That determination can be made after consultation.

A charge of reckless driving is a serious offense which may affect your life for several years. It is therefore important to defend the charge intelligently and exhaustively. In some cases competent traffic court counsel may be able to obtain dismissals or reduction of the misdemeanors to simple traffic infractions. In cases of aggravated speed, a qualified Virginia traffic lawyer may be able to avoid jail time, high fines and license suspensions.

Every reckless driving case has its own unique set of facts and consultation with a competent Virginia traffic court attorney is highly recommended.

Attorney Kuligowski also handles DUI / DWI, license revocation and suspension issues and other misdemeanors and felonies.

You have the right to hire an experienced Virginia traffic lawyer who knows the law and how to protect your legal interests.
Atty. Monte Kuligowski
Atty. Monte Kuligowski is licensed to practice law in all Virginia courts and has been defending clients since 1997. He has won cases at every judicial level of the Commonwealth, including the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Monte's legal writings on Virginia and constitutional law have been published by law journals at the law schools of Duke, Virginia, Richmond, Samford and St. John's. And his article on the Virginia case, Gibson v. Commonwealth was published by the Justice System Journal, a peer-edited journal sponsored by the National Center for State Courts. Click here to read his article, "Rethinking DUI Law in Virginia," in the University of Richmond Law Review, Vol. 42, Issue 2.
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Monte E. Kuligowski, P.C.
3640 S. Plaza Trl., Suite 202
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

Peninsula: 4410 East Claiborne Street
Hampton, Virginia 23666 (by appointment only)

Norfolk: 999 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (by appointment only)

Chesapeake: 1403 Greenbrier Parkway,
Chesapeake, VA  23320 (by appointment only)

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Nothing on this site is to be construed as legal advice. The contents of this site are for informational purposes only. Please contact the above Virginia reckless driving lawyer to schedule a confidential, attorney-client conference from which legal advice will be provided. RULE 7.1 DISCLAIMER: THE OUTCOME OF A CASE DEPENDS ON A NUMBER OF CASE-SPECIFIC FACTORS; ATTORNEY MAKES NO GUARANTEE AS TO THE OUTCOME OF ANY PARTICULAR CASE; CASE RESULTS MAY VARY.


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When searching for Virginia traffic court lawyers be sure to inquire into their actual traffic court experience. General practitioners do not always have the specific training and experience required to effectively handle complex DUI, reckless driving, suspended license and other Virginia traffic law defense cases. It is normally in your best interest to employ a traffic defense attorney who knows the traffic law and is a Virginia traffic court lawyer, experienced with your specific type of case. An experienced Virginia traffic court attorney will know how to best defend a charge of reckless driving, whether by speed or endangerment. The traffic law firm handles cases in Hampton, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Southampton County and across the state of Virginia. The firm offers free phone consultations. Call the law firm today to speak with a Virginia attorney committed to helping you with your traffic court case or appeal to the circuit court.