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Newport News Speeding and Reckless Driving Attorneys 

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Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a serious offense in Virginia as it is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor under Virginia Code 46.2-868.

If you find yourself holding a ticket for reckless driving, contact Driving Defense Law as you could be facing a criminal record.

Punishment for Reckless Driving in Virginia

For conviction of a class 1 misdemeanor – confinement in jail for up to a year and a fine of up to $2,500. (either or both)

A conviction of reckless driving carries with it 6 demerit points and up to 11 years of staying on your record. See the following:

  • Speeding in excess of 85 mph (11 years)
  • Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit (up to 11 years)
  • Racing (11 years)
  • Passing or overtaking an emergency vehicle (11 years)
  • Passing a school bus (11 years)
  • Passing on the crest of a hill (11 years)
  • Passing at a railroad crossing (11 years)
  • Passing two vehicles abreast (11 years)
  • Driving too fast for conditions (11 years)
  • Failing to give a proper signal (11 years)
  • Faulty brakes/improper control (11 years)
  • Reckless driving in parking lots (11 years)
  • Reckless driving with an obstructed view (11 years)

There are different categories of reckless driving as detailed by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Including:

  1. Speeding more than 85 mph
  2. Speeding 20 mph or more over the limit
  3. Driving too fast for conditions
  4. Racing
  5. Passing or overtaking an ambulance or fire truck
  6. Passing a stopped school bus
  7. Passing on the crest of a hill
  8. Passing at a railroad crossing
  9. Passing two vehicles abreast
  10. Driving two vehicles abreast
  11. Failure to signal
  12. Driving with faulty brakes or improper control
  13. Reckless driving on parking lots
  14. Reckless driving with an obstructed view

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Learn about the definition and consequences of reckless driving in the state of Virginia.


Speeding tickets are no fun. If you find yourself holding a speeding ticket, you may want to simply pay the fine or explore other options. Driving Defense Law will help you navigate these options so that your speeding ticket doesn’t result in a long-term consequence.

Processing Fees/Court Costs of Speeding in Virginia

  • $62.00 for the first charge
  • $11 for each additional charge with the same court date
  • The worst maximum fine is $250 in addition to the $62 processing fee.
  • If the driver does not prepay the speeding ticket and does not appear in court there is an additional $35 fee.

A conviction on a basic speeding ticket normally amounts to a fine and a court fee. The fines are broken down above. However, you should know that a speeding ticket will also get you demerit points on your driving record. The number of points depends on the severity of speeding.


  • Fine of $6 per mile per hour in excess of posted speed limits
  • Fine of $7 per mile per hour in excess of posted speed limits for violation of 46.2-873 (school crossing zone) and 46.2-878.1 (highway work zone)
  • Fine of + $8 per mile per hour in excess of posted speed limits for a violation of 46.2-878.2 (the maximum speed limit in certain residence districts of counties, cities, and towns). The $8 per is an addition to a $200 fine.
  • Any person who drives in excess of 80 miles per hour but less than 86 miles per hour on any highway having a speed limit of 65 miles per hour is subject to an additional $100 fine

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Learn about the definition and consequences of speeding in the state of Virginia.

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What is the difference between a DUI and DWI in Virginia?

In Virginia, there is no legal distinction between the terms DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). Both terms are used interchangeably and refer to the offense of operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other substances. In Virginia, DUI and DWI are essentially the same offense, with no legal distinction between the two in terms of definition, penalties, or enforcement. If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI, contact Driving Defense Law today.

Should I speak to an attorney about a drunk driving charge?

Yes, it is generally a good idea to speak with an attorney if you are facing a drunk driving charge. Here are several reasons why:

Legal Expertise: DUI (Driving Under the Influence) laws can be complex and vary significantly by location. An attorney specializing in DUI cases will know the laws specific to your state.

Case Evaluation: An attorney can evaluate the specifics of your case, including the circumstances of your arrest and the evidence against you. This assessment is crucial for developing a defense strategy.

Protecting Your Rights: An attorney ensures that your rights are protected throughout the legal process. This includes making sure that the law enforcement procedures used in your case are lawful.

Potential for Better Outcomes: With professional legal representation, you may have a better chance of a favorable outcome, such as a dismissal or reduction of charges, lighter penalties, or a not guilty verdict.

Remember, every DUI case is unique, and the benefits of having legal representation can be significant. An experienced drunk driving attorney can provide specific advice about your unique situation.



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Our experienced Virginia traffic attorneys know exactly what is needed to navigate your speeding or reckless driving case to success.

We have experience in Courts throughout Virginia, including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Isle of Wight, Southhampton, Northampton, and Accomack.  The lawyers at Driving Defense Law will create a unique gameplan for your case and execute a vigorous defense.

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