If you’ve received a reckless driving ticket in Charles City County, Virginia, you may not know what’s going to happen next. You’re surrounded by lawyer advertisements that are telling you you’re going to jail if you don’t call them immediately.
You do not have to call a lawyer. You should, however, educate yourself on the legal procedures that you will face after receiving a ticket. My book will provide you with this needed information. It’s jam-packed full of legal tips and advice that you can actually use in court.
What is Charles City reckless driving?
Generally, people get reckless driving tickets for speeding, though there are other various violations like not stopping for a school bus. More violations can be found in chapter 1 of my book.
Many of these violations don’t seem too severe, but in Virginia, reckless driving is a class 1 misdemeanor. This means that reckless driving is the same type of crime as driving under the influence or possessing marijuana.
What defenses can I use in Charles City?
Reckless driving has many various consequences such as fines and even possible jail time, which I discuss in Chapter 2. Before the Commonwealth can impose any penalties on you, though, it must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of reckless driving. This means you have a chance to defend yourself.
Chapter 3 talks about the various defenses you can use in the courtroom. For example, if you can show that you were not the driver or that you were not driving on a road that falls under reckless driving laws, you could get your charges dropped.
You should be careful with which defenses you use, though. As Chapter 4 will tell you, some, like “I had to use the bathroom,” just won’t hold up in court.
What outcomes might be available for a Charles City reckless driving ticket?
You might want to think about having a free consultation with an experienced traffic attorney at this point. There are several different outcomes that can happen. Some judges, for example, will use community service or driver improvement clinics. There are also ways, discussed in Chapter 5, to get your charges reduced.
If, however, you are unhappy with the outcome of your case, you always have the opportunity to appeal. As Chapter 7 will tell you, an appeal to the Circuit Court will get you a new trial with a different judge.
Do I need to hire a Charles City reckless driving lawyer?
You’ve had the opportunity to learn about the legal procedures you’ll be facing with your reckless driving ticket. Now, you can decide whether or not you need an attorney. The choice is entirely up to you.
If you do decide to hire a lawyer, make sure you read Chapter 8 as well. It will help you in the process of choosing a good attorney by providing questions you should be asking lawyers. These questions go deeper than just “how much do you charge” and ask how well the attorney will work for you.
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