Q: I received a "Reckless Driving" ticket in Northern Virginia in July and have a court hearing this week.
In July of this year i was driving 20mph over the speed limit, unfortunately i did not realize how fast i was driving before it was too late. I was pulled over and as calmly and politely as possible did what the officer asked. All while having a panic attack. This was my first ever offense while driving, i WAS NOT driving "recklessly" just speeding, i was not under any drug or alcohol influence, however in the Commonwealth of Virginia this is considered a Class 1 misdemeaner. Looking into things online, i am only causing myself more anxiety and panic as ive never been in trouble with the law before. I dont know what to do an need help.
A: Yes - Reckless Driving is a class one misdemeanor in VA for going over twenty miles above the posted speed. It carries a penalty of up to twelve months in jail and up to a $2500 fine. Depending on how fast, where you were driving, and road conditions, it could end up in jail time but nowhere near 12 months. You should consult a traffic attorney from your area - check around this site or an easy google - so you can have a better idea of how judges handle this type of charge in your local court. Getting the help of an attorney can give you peace of mind to help calm the anxiety and also help you get the best result you can get under the circumstances. Good luck!
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