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Reckless Driving

A Virginia reckless driving conviction on your record is no small matter. Along with demerit points and higher insurance rates, you will have to face the reality of having a criminal record—because in Virginia, a reckless driving charge is a class 1 misdemeanor. If you are ticketed for going 20 mph or more over the speed limit, or driving over 80 mph anywhere, and you don’t fight the charge, you will be in the same criminal category as shoplifters, drunk drivers, and domestic abusers. What can you do? Hire an experienced reckless driving defense attorney and turn a bad choice into a better outcome.


Virginia has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the nation—with the consequences to match. If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI in Virginia, you know that it is a serious charge, with penalties including a mandatory fine, driver’s license suspension, possible jail time, and a criminal record. Serious DUI charges require a solid defense strategy, and with over 20 years of experience in criminal defense work, Attorney Van Hardenbergh is perfectly positioned to analyze the specifics of your case, review the available legal defenses, and develop a plan to help you to obtain the best possible resolution to your DUI case.

Drug Offenses

The United States has been fighting to control unlawful drug use and distribution for decades. However, some law enforcement officials have decided to make their careers out of using the law unjustly against minor offenders. Although we understand that police and prosecutors need some discretion in their jobs in order to reduce drug crime rates, they shouldn’t be allowed to unfairly punish first-time offenders or innocent victims of circumstance. Come see how we actively fight against such practices to give our clients the just defense they deserve.

Criminal Offenses

A criminal conviction can cause catastrophic effects on your future. Depending on the charges, you could wind up losing money, respect, and your freedom. Therefore, having a successful and dependable defense attorney isn’t only comforting, but crucial to secure your future. Come see how Attorney Van Hardenbergh's skills, experience, and desire can help you build the strongest defense possible.

Protecting Your Future by Defending You Against DUI, Reckless Driving, and Criminal Charges

Virginia has some of the toughest reckless driving laws in the country—with the penalties to match, including possible jail time, license suspension, a permanent criminal record, and fines and fees in excess of $2,500. Most people are shocked to learn that they can (and will be) charged with reckless driving at speeds above 80 mph. The truth is that many localities in Virginia use traffic tickets to obtain tremendous sums of money from unfortunate drivers. If you've been charged with reckless driving, the best thing you can do is hire an attorney who specializes in traffic offenses. We've seen the whirling blue lights in the rearview mirror and know exactly how you feel. We know speeding tickets are a scam, and we're here to help you fight yours.

Our clients—more than 2,500 of them—know that in the long run hiring a good attorney is a lot cheaper than just paying the fine or representing themselves in court. We can't guarantee you a specific outcome for your case—no lawyer can. But we can guarantee your satisfaction with the results of your trial. If for any reason you are unhappy with the findings or the sentence of the General District Court, Van will represent you in a bench trial on appeal to the Circuit Court—and it won't cost you an additional penny. We call it "Guaranteed Representation."

We’ve Got Your Back

Our success rate is as high as 100% in many courts throughout Virginia. If you've been charged with any of the following, call us today for a free, confidential consultation:

  • Driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated
  • Reckless driving 
  • Having an open container in the passenger area of a vehicle
  • Driving without a license
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Underage possession of alcohol
  • Public intoxication
  • Possession of marijuana and other drugs
  • Assault, breaking and entering, and other criminal offenses

Fighting for the Best Outcome…The Van Hardenbergh Way

In addition to our Guaranteed Representation, here's why our happy clients hired us instead of our competitors:

  • Our past results and the records we have set in courts across Virginia speak for themselves. When you are facing jail time, a permanent criminal record, possible termination of employment, or loss of your security clearance, you need a lawyer with a proven track record.
  • When you hire us, you will be assigned a case manager, one of our trained specialists in DUI and reckless driving case preparation. 
  • Your case manager will guide you through the representation process and help you gather the evidence we need to build a strong defense, evidence such as your driving record, a calibration certificate, and letters of reference. Her job is to make the process as painless as possible for you and your family.
  • Client communication is our top priority. We keep you informed about the status of your case and are always available to address any questions or concerns you might have.
  • Van offers all his clients free copies of his books, including The Secret Truth About Reckless Driving by Speed in Virginia and DUI/DWI Virginia Arrest Survival Guide: The Guilt Myth. Request your copies today!
  • We’re not scared of the “difficult” case. No matter how hopeless your case may seem, we’ve got a plan for success.

Choosing the right lawyer can mean the difference between a permanent criminal record and walking out of court breathing a sigh of relief. We're ready to get started. Call us today at (804) 835-5127 or toll-free at 1.866.VAN.WINS (1.866.826.9467) for a free, no-obligation consultation. Remember: Just because you’re accused, doesn’t mean you will be convicted. Contact us today.

Charles V. Hardenbergh
Charles V. Hardenbergh, Virginia Defense Attorney

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