When Speeding Costs You Time: Virginia Speed Violation Penalties

It is extremely easy to go a few miles above the speed limit without even realizing it. We’ve all done it. You speed up to pass someone and then get comfortable with the adjusted speed. You rest your foot on the gas without realizing that you’re putting more pressure on the pedal. You forget that you have to adjust your speed while going downhill, or you intentionally speed because you want to get somewhere faster.

Unfortunately, no matter what the reason, if you’re caught speeding, you’re in for a ride (and not in a good way).

Speeding more than 20 mph over the speed limit is considered a class 1 misdemeanor criminal charge—the same classification as a DUI. Therefore, a conviction can and will go on your permanent record, potentially affecting insurance costs, job security, license registrations, security clearances, and other sensitive matters affecting government contractors and military or law enforcement personnel.

The police in Virginia are on the lookout for speeders, and they are not known for their forgiving natures. The following reckless driving charges will stay on your DMV recored for 11 years:

  • Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit
  • Speeding in excess of 80 mph
  • Racing
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Passing or overtaking an emergency vehicle
  • Passing at a railroad crossing
  • Passing a school bus
  • Speeding in public places such as parking lots or school areas

Don’t Let a Reckless Driving Charge Jeopardize Your Future

In Virginia, reckless driving by speed is a treated as a serious criminal offense. Being accused of driving just a few miles over the speed limit can be a significant roadblock to your future.

A lot of people panic when they’re accused of reckless driving. They forget that a mere accusation isn’t the same thing as a conviction. All too often, they will accept a plea bargain without getting the essential legal guidance they need from a skilled traffic violation lawyer.

Don’t make the same mistake. Whether you are a vacationer caught by a speed trap while visiting the Lexington area or a long-term Virginia resident, you can rely on legal representation from Charles V. Hardenbergh, PC, to get you the best available result for your reckless driving case. For more information on reckless driving and consequences, contact us today! We’ll be happy to discuss your rights and options if you’re charged.