What is considered aggressive driving?
Aggressive driving is a serious offense in Virginia as it is punishable as a Class 1 or a Class 2 misdemeanor under Virginia Code 46.2-868.1. If you find yourself holding a ticket for aggressive driving, contact Driving Defense Law as soon as possible to ensure your rights remain protected.
Aggressive driving is separate from reckless driving. A person can be charged with aggressive driving if the person violates one or more of the following:
- Driving on the wrong side of a highway
- Failure to observe lanes marked for traffic
- Following too closely
- Does not stop or yield right of way before entering certain highways
- Evasion of traffic control devices
- Passing when overtaking a vehicle
- Stopping on highways
The violation must be hazardous to another person or commits an offense with the intent to harass, intimidate, injure, or obstruct another person.
Penalties of Aggressive Driving in Virginia
Aggressive driving is either a Class 2 or a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Aggressive driving without intent to injure: If you are charged with aggressive driving without intent to injure then you are facing a Class 2 misdemeanor. The penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, and a possible suspension of your license.
Aggressive driving with intent to injure: If you are charged with aggressive driving with intent to injure then you are facing a Class 1 misdemeanor. The penalties include a fine of up to $2,5000, up to 12 months in jail, and possible suspension of your license.