As a reckless driving defense attorney representing clients in Smyth County for more than 20 years, I am ready to put my extensive knowledge and experience to use every time I take on a case.
Reckless driving is one of the more serious driving charges you can face in Virginia. It is considered a class 1 misdemeanor and can result in a fine of up to $2,500, up to 12 months in jail and a suspension of your license. A conviction can also impact your life in other ways as well, including possible increased insurance premiums, points on your driving record, and a permanent criminal record, among other things.
There are many possible ways you can be charged with reckless driving, including excessive speed more than 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, aggressive and unsafe driving, dangerous passing, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, drag racing, and several others. Because reckless driving encompasses so many potential scenarios, every case that I work on is going to be different from the last one. With so many variables in play, it makes my wide-ranging experience with this type of case even more valuable for my clients. That’s because a broad range of circumstances means that I have developed a broad range of defenses as well.
I will examine all the facts of every case, looking for every possible advantage. In certain instances, I may challenge an officer’s radar gun calibration, or argue other aspects involving speed limits. An officer may also attempt to charge a person with reckless driving simply because they were at fault for an accident. Since the burden of proof rests with the state, I can argue that the client did not drive in a way that endangered life, limb or property. Other times, I can find fault with various procedural shortfalls in a case, which can raise a reasonable doubt as to the validity of the charge as well.
My goal is to do everything I can to have reckless driving charges dismissed. In those cases, where that’s not possible, I am ready to work with my clients and with the courts to get charges reduced. This lessens their impact so that my clients can move forward with their lives with as little disruption as possible.
The Fleenor Law Office proudly serves the Smyth County cities of Chilhowie, Marion and nearby communities.FREE CONSULTATION - CALL (276) 466 3502 NOW!