Many people faced with reckless driving wonder if it is worth the money to hire an attorney.
For the least serious reckless citations, (reckless by speed / speeding over 80mph), the ticket is probably $500 or less by itself. However, you can also expect points on your license, and possibly several thousand dollars in insurance hikes.
Not to mention the personal cost to you and future impact on your life that admitting to a criminal conviction may have.
And for some reckless driving offenses, there is a real risk of jail time in many counties and courts in Virginia, including Fairfax.
An attorney can, in many cases, get criminal charges dropped to civil penalties. The difference between a misdemeanor reckless charge and a civil improper driving citation and fine could save you thousands. And you may just be able to get your charges completely dismissed.
Another cost savings is that we can often appear in court on your behalf, without you needing to show up, and take time off from work. This is especially a huge consideration for many of our out of state clients who happen to get nabbed while driving through the Commonwealth. And we know that the VSP is a big fan of out of pulling over drivers with out-of-state plates.
Of course every case is different, and no attorney can guarantee you any result. But we will give you an honest assessment of what we think your chances will be in court.
We’ll run the numbers with you, quote exact legal fees, and estimate our chances of successfully fighting your case, and what that could save in your wallet.
After a free consultation, you can decide for yourself if you think having an attorney fight your reckless driving charge is a smart investment.