Loudoun County Virginia Reckless Driving

Loudoun County, VA Reckless Driving Lawyers

Unfortunately, you or a loved one has been charged with Reckless Driving in Loudoun County.

Whether you were driving on the Dulles Toll Road, Route 7, or roads in Ashburn, Sterling, Purcellville, or Landsdowne a reckless driving charge in Loudoun County will require you to go to traffic court in Leesburg.

The Loudoun reckless driving lawyers at The Gordon Law Firm offer a FREE PHONE or OFFICE CONSULTATION so you can speak to a caring, professional and experienced Loudoun County lawyer about your reckless driving charge.

Whether you were ticketed in Ashburn, Dulles, Hamilton, Hillsboro, Lansdowne, Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Oak Grove, Purcellville, Round Hill, South Riding or Sterling, Virginia Alex Gordon and Carlos Wall have helped more than 900 people with charges of reckless driving, all across Loudoun County and Northern Virginia.

A Virginia Reckless Driving charge is serious and can result in:

  • Large monetary fines
  • The suspension of your driver's license
  • Possible jail time
  • A permanent criminal record

We offer a FREE CONSULTATION so that you can fully understand the charges filed against you and learn how The Gordon Law Firm is prepared to fight those charges on your behalf. Get help now at: 703-218-8416.



About Virginia Reckless Driving Charges

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What is Reckless Driving?

Virginia Reckless Driving laws are some of the most severe traffic laws in the United States as the Reckless Driving statutes criminalize the act of speeding in Loudoun County if a person exceeds 20 miles per hour faster than the posted speed limit.

For instance, if you were traveling 83 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone, you may get a plain speeding ticket in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, or North Carolina. For going the same speed in Leesburg or Loudoun County, you could be facing a Class 1 misdemeanor – a criminal record.

Reckless Driving in Loudoun is punishable by up to 12 months in jail, up to a $2,500 fine, and a possible loss of your driving privileges for up to six months. Additionally, you could be arrested for Reckless Driving and have your car impounded at the discretion of the police officer for committing this offense.

Instead, most Loudoun police officers and Virginia State Troopers will just issue a ticket or “summons” requiring you to appear in Loudoun County General District Court which is on Main Street in Leesburg, VA.

After realizing that Reckless Driving charges are serious, many people often go to the internet to find out more about the penalties for reckless driving in Loudoun County. We hope the information contained here is useful to you n understanding your reckless driving change.

The two most common types of Reckless Driving are:

Code Section 46.2-862 of Virginia. Exceeding the speed limit – A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth (i) at a speed of twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit or (ii) in excess of eighty miles per hour regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit.

Code Section 46.2-852 of Virginia. This is another type of Reckless Driving charge often used by Loudoun County police officers and State Troopers. The language of the section is broad and it can be applied in many different circumstances. In cases of general Reckless Driving under Section 46.2-852, the prosecutor must prove that the driver (1) drove at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger life, limb, or property of another; or (2) that the driver disregarded the consequences of his actions and displayed an indifference to the safety of life, limb, or property. The driving behavior must be intentional.

The attorneys of the Gordon Law Firm are available for a FREE TELEPHONE or OFFICE Consultation about your case. Contact us today at 703-218-8416. We can help you get back on track.

Lasting Penalties for Reckless Driving in Loudoun County

A Reckless Driving conviction remains on your Virginia driving record for 11 years and because it is a misdemeanor it can remain on your permanent criminal record for the remainder of your life.

A conviction for reckless driving in Loudoun and Northern Virginia can also cause your auto insurance rates to be increased and may make life and health insurance more expensive to acquire.

Reckless Driving in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor, a crime with penalties similar to a DWI or Assault and Battery conviction.

Reckless Driving is punishable by up to 12 months in jail, up to a $2,500 fine, and a possible loss of your driving privileges for up to six months.

If convicted of Reckless Driving, the Virginia DMV also places six demerit points on your driving record.

How to Handle a Reckless Driving Charge

So what do you do if you are one of the hundreds of people every year in Sterling, Ashburn, Purcelville, and Landsdowne who get charged with Reckless Driving in Loudoun County, Virginia?

Most importantly, do not simply plead guilty to a Reckless Driving charge in Loudoun without first getting advice from a lawyer. There are serious consequences for doing so and you should absolutely have an experienced Loudoun traffic law attorney counsel you concerning all possible defenses to a Reckless Driving ticket.

There are times when people are charged with Reckless Driving in Loudoun when an experienced traffic lawyer like Alex or Carlos can convince the judge or the prosecutor that your driving behavior was only “ improper driving” – a non-criminal traffic offense.

If you are found guilty of “improper driving,” instead of reckless driving in Loudoun County you will not be charged with a misdemeanor, the maximum punishment for the charge is a $500 fine, and only three demerit points can be assessed on your Virginia DMV record.

The attorneys of the Gordon Law Firm are available for a FREE TELEPHONE or OFFICE Consultation about your case. Contact us today at 703-218-8416. We can help you get back on track.

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Are you Really at Risk of Going to Jail?

It depends on the facts of your case. If you have a bad driving record or you were travelling at speeds near or above 90 miles per hour in Loudoun, your chances of being sentenced to jail by a Loudoun County judge and/or losing your driving privileges are dramatically increased.

It is not common that persons speeding 85 miles per hour or less to be sentenced to serve jail time. However, most Loudoun General District Court judges will still find a driver guilty of Reckless Driving, a Class One misdemeanor.

However, if you are accused of speeding more than 90 miles per hour in Loudoun County, several judges have the unwritten policy of assigning 1 day in jail or more for each mile per hour above 90 mph.

This also applies to Loudoun Reckless Driving charges if you are accused of exceeding 35 mph above the speed limit in lower speed zones. For instance, in front of some judges, a Loudoun Reckless Driving conviction for 94 mph in a 55 mph will result in a 4 day jail sentence. If you have a bad driving record, the likelihood of more jail time is possible.

That is the reason why most people hire The Gordon Law Firm for Loudoun reckless driving charges. They want to try to avoid a misdemeanor conviction.

We have helped many government employees concerned about security clearances, Fortune 500 executives that are worried about a potential criminal record, school teachers, and military personnel in their attempt to avoid Reckless Driving convictions in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia. Many of these people have had distinguished careers on Captitol Hill, in the FBI, CIA, or in the private sector.

Judges often take into account many factors presented by your attorney during the sentencing phase of a Reckless Driving trial in Loudoun or other Northern Virginia counties. These factors include:

  • Other charges that were issued along with the reckless driving charge;
  • The speed you were traveling or the dangerousness of the driving behavior;
  • Your DMV record and previous convictions;
  • Whether there were any injuries caused by the reckless driving;
  • Your testimony or actions in court; and
  • Whether you were argumentative or rude to the law enforcement officer.

Of course the demeanor and attitude of the judge or Commonwealth Attorney can affect the sentence. Different judges in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia have different perspectives towards certain types of Reckless Driving cases and these factors could increase or decrease your punishment if you are convicted.

You should expect your traffic and criminal defense attorney to have experience in representing people who have been accused of Reckless Driving in Loudoun and Northern Virginia at these high speeds.

Ask your Reckless Driving lawyer what they will do in order to present the best argument and case they can to the Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney or the court in order to try to lessen the risk of a long jail sentence or license suspension.

The attorneys of the Gordon Law Firm are available for a FREE TELEPHONE or OFFICE Consultation about your case. Contact us today at 703-218-8416. We can help you get back on track.

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Can I Help My Attorney Defend Me Against Virginia Reckless Driving Charges?

After talking to an experienced criminal and traffic defense lawyer, your Reckless Driving attorney may recommend that you take some of the following actions:

Get a copy of your Virginia driving record prior to court date

First, you may be requested to obtain a copy of your current driving record from the state where you are licensed. After reviewing your record, your attorney can provide you with an assessment of what risks you may face in court and what potential difficulties may prevent a successful resolution of your case.

For instance, if you have a prior DUI, Reckless Driving charge, or multiple speeding tickets, resolving you case in Loudoun may be more difficult than if you had a perfect record.

If recommended by your lawyer, have your vehicle’s speedometer calibrated before your Reckless Driving trial.

You should not necessarily do this without talking to an attorney beforehand. If you choose The Gordon Law Firm to be your Virginia reckless driving lawyers, we will direct you to automobile mechanics that have “dynamometers.”

A dynamometer is like a treadmill. A trained mechanic runs the speed of the treadmill from 10 to 65 mph or more and compares the dynamometer reading to what your vehicle’s speedometer is telling the car’s owner.

Sometimes the calibration shows that the speedometer is perfect and other times we have seen even new cars that have a speedometer reading 7 mph lower than the car’s actual speed.

Maybe the tires on the vehicle are not the same size as the tires that were on the car when they left the factory.

Maybe the men and women assembling your vehicle had a bad day at the manufacturing plant.

This is especially true if you are accused of speeding above 81 mph and is definitely recommended if you are accused of Reckless Driving in Loudoun County or Northern Virginia by exceeding speeds of 90 mph.

If recommended by your Reckless Driving attorney, take a driver improvement course.

Again, a reckless driving lawyer may not recommend a driver improvement course unless you have driving record that has prior tickets upon it. Each client’s situation is different. The Commonwealth of Virginia’s point system for violations of Virginia traffic law is very different from most other states.

For instance, all traffic violations in Loudoun, Leesburg, and Manassas result in either 3, 4, or 6 demerit points being placed by the Virginia DMV upon your driving record unless it is a non-moving infraction. Those point values are much higher than those assessed in all of the states surrounding Virginia.

Virginia offsets these high negative point values with the opportunity to earn positive points for good driving behavior or for taking a driver improvement program. Each year you drive your car without getting a traffic violation, one positive point is added to your Virginia DMV record. The maximum amount of positive points you can achieve is +5, the best driving record in Virginia.

You may also take an approved driver improvement program voluntarily and add five points to your driving record. These classes are even offered online. However, you can only take the driver improvement program once every 2 years and you cannot exceed a +5 score on your DMV record.

If you are accused of driving at extremely high speeds, or if you have a terrible driving record, our Reckless Driving lawyers may recommend that you complete an advanced driver improvement course through the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program.

Again talk to an experienced Loudoun Reckless Driving lawyer first. The attorneys of The Gordon Law Firm will tell you how to maximize the benefit of completing a driver improvement course either before your Reckless Driving case in Loudoun County or to improve your driving record in the long run.

If you have a driver’s license from another state, much of the above information may not apply to your state’s DMV records. Again, our lawyers will advise you how to best proceed to try to increase your chances for a positive result for your Reckless Driving case in a Virginia court.

The attorneys of the Gordon Law Firm are available for a FREE TELEPHONE or OFFICE Consultation about your case. Contact us today at 703-218-8416. We can help you get back on track.

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How Did the Officer Determine Your Speed?

The attorneys of the Gordon Law Firm have helped clients charged with speeding and Reckless Driving throughout Northern Virginia. Part of our law firm’s success has been dependent upon learning about the equipment used by law enforcement when they issue citations for Speeding and Reckless Driving in Virginia.

In the Commonwealth of Virginia more than 200,000 speeding tickets and Reckless Driving charges are issued each year by local police and State Troopers. There are three main methods law enforcement officers in Loudoun County use determine the speed of our cars and trucks. These methods are Radar, LIDAR (or laser), and/or by pacing the speeding vehicle.

RADAR

The word “Radar” is an abbreviation for “Radio Detection and Ranging” which is the name the NAVY adopted for the technology in the early 1940s. Radar is uses radio waves to determine the various properties of moving objects, such as range, altitude, direction, or speed. Radar detection has been used since the 1940s by law enforcement to monitor vehicle speed. Use expanded rapidly with the development of the interested highway system in the 1960s.

How Radar Guns Work

The typical police radar gun uses radio waves and the Doppler Effect to determine the speed of a moving car. The Doppler Effect states that the measured frequency of a wave is relative to the motion between the source and the observer.

When a radar signal hits the object that is moving toward the police vehicle, the returning frequency will be higher than the original. When the signal hits a car that is moving away from the police vehicle, the returning frequency will be lower than the original frequency. The frequency change is used to determine the speed of the target vehicle.

For instance, when a radar gun is used by Loudoun police on the Dulles Toll Road, the radar sends radio waves of specific frequencies in a chosen direction. The waves then bounce off all objects, including vehicles, and return to the radar gun’s receiving station in the squad car.

When the waves reflect off a moving vehicle, a measurable frequency shift, called the Doppler Shift, occurs. The radar gun computer then uses the frequency shift to calculate the speed of the moving vehicle. The Loudoun police officer or State Trooper hears the squelch of the frequency change that alerts him to the speeding vehicle.

There are five types of radar guns that are regularly used in Loudoun County and other Northern Virginia jurisdictions: the Kustom Pro-1000, the KR-12, the Talon, the Stalker, and the Golden Eagle.

The Golden Eagle, made by Kustom electronics, is used in most State Trooper vehicles in Northern Virginia for speeding and reckless driving tickets. Because many of our clients have been stopped by Troopers using this device, the Gordon Law Firm purchased its own Golden Eagle radar.

We have used the Golden Eagle and its operations manual to learn how the radar is properly used, the requirements for calibration and testing. and to be able to present to the court demonstrative evidence of how the device can produce inaccurate results through computer or operator error.

It is imperative that police officers who use radar guns are well-trained and have a good working knowledge of how radar works.

LIDAR

How LIDAR Works

LIDAR (Laser Radar, Ladar) is an acronym for Light Detection And Ranging. The Lidar laser beam shoots 280 pulses per second and at 1,000 feet the beam is 3 feet square. The Laser Radar Beam travels 186,282 miles per second and that is 1 foot per billionth of a second.

The beam is usually aimed at the front of the car or rear license plate of a suspected speeding car. The LIDAR cannot be effectively operated from a moving police vehicle. Unlike RADAR, the LIDAR can target specific vehicles to determine the speed.

Judges believe that the Lidar is more accurate and we at the Gordon law Firm have been working hard to dispel that myth.

Because the LIDAR is a precision instrument the testing, calibration, and operation in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications is very important. This is especially true when a person can be convicted of a Class One Misdemeanor for Reckless Driving by simply speeding.

The Pro-Laser III, made by Kustom electronics, is used in many police vehicles in Northern Virginia to issue speeding and reckless driving tickets. Because many of our clients have been stopped by law enforcement using this device, The Gordon Law Firm purchased its own laser speed measuring device, the last generation Pro-Laser II.

We have used the Pro-Laser II as demonstrative evidence at trial and we have reviewed and the operations manual of its newer cousin, the Pro-Laser III, to learn how it is properly used.

We are also very familiar with the requirements for calibration and testing of the Pro-Laser III. This is important in order to be able to present effective arguments in court concerning how the device can produce inaccurate results through computer or operator error.

We hope that the following information assists you in understanding how the officer came to believe that you were exceeding the speed limit in Loudoun County. Our criminal defense firm uses this information to attempt to successfully challenge Reckless Driving and Speeding charges at trial or obtain a favorable resolution of the case prior to trial.

The attorneys of the Gordon Law Firm are available for a FREE TELEPHONE or OFFICE Consultation about your case. Contact us today at 703-218-8416. We can help you get back on track.

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How Much are Attorney’s Fees?

Call or email The Gordon Law Firm for a free consultation about your Loudoun County reckless driving charge. After listening to you and finding out the circumstances of your Reckless Driving ticket in Loudoun we will often quote a fee during the initial phone or office consultation.

The fee depends on the facts of your case. If you or a loved one have a bad driving record or you were travelling at a high speed on the Dulles Toll Road in Loudoun County, your fee will be higher than someone with a good record who was travelling at 81 miles per hour.

Loudoun County lawyers Carlos Wall and Alex Gordon also charge flat fees, which mean that the fee does not increase if the matter takes multiple court appearances in General District Court. We believe that clients should not be charged every time they want to communicate with their attorney.

The Gordon Law Firm also accepts payment by credit card and we may set payment schedules if circumstances warrant.

The attorneys of the Gordon Law Firm are available for a FREE TELEPHONE or OFFICE Consultation about your case. Contact us today at 703-218-8416. We can help you get back on track.

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Can I Appeal if I am Found Guilty of Reckless Driving in Loudoun or Northern Virginia?

Yes. You must file an appeal within 10 days from the date you were found guilty of Reckless Driving in Loudoun by a General District Court judge. You should proceed with caution because the results of an appeal can have serious consequences because it is a trial de novo.

That means the results of your first trial are erased and you start from scratch in the Loudoun County Circuit Court. The Loudoun prosecuting attorney may or may not be the same one who prosecuted you in General District Court. You will have a different judge for your second Reckless Driving trial. Either you or the Commonwealth Attorney may request a trial by a jury.

At the trial in a Virginia Circuit Court, the Commonwealth Attorney must (again) attempt to prove to a judge or a jury that you were driving recklessly. The evidence and testimony may or may not change, but the Loudoun prosecutor must still prove that you were “Reckless Driving” beyond a reasonable doubt.

You must also be aware that the punishment also may change for the better or for the worse. Carlos Wall and Alex Gordon, your Loudoun Reckless Driving lawyers, can explain the risks and benefits of an appeal or a jury trial.

The attorneys of the Gordon Law Firm are available for a FREE TELEPHONE or OFFICE Consultation about your case. Contact us today at 703-218-8416. We can help you get back on track.

The criminal defense lawyers of The Gordon Law Firm have helped more than 1,500 people charged with Reckless Driving and other traffic related charges in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia. Our Reckless Driving attorneys in Loudoun and Northern Virginia will be happy to answer any questions you may have about Reckless Driving.

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