While this may seem like the easy way out, simply paying your fine and hoping for the best isn't the smart way to approach your ticket for reckless driving by speed. When you pay your fine with no objections, you're automatically admitting guilt. Don't forget that 100 percent of the people who plead guilty and pay the fine are convicted.
Having a conviction for reckless driving by speed is a serious matter. In most cases, a conviction stays on your record for 11 years. Your conviction can also result in massive insurance increases and license suspension. If your job requires a valid driver's license, this means you might even find yourself unemployed.
Protect Yourself by Appearing in Court
It might seem like fighting the charge is a waste of time and effort, but those who take the time to appear in court to contest a reckless driving ticket are often able to get it dropped. While you can't claim ignorance of the law or argue that your conduct didn't hurt anyone, there are strategies you can use. You may cite an error in the officer's approach or argue that the officer confused your vehicle with another similar looking car in the heavy traffic. Both are plausible defenses. Remember that you're innocent until proven guilty, so it's in your best interests to make the court work to prove its case.
Don't Let Virginia Balance Its Budget Using Your Bank Account
Fines from reckless driving by speed tickets are a highly profitable revenue stream for Virginia's courts. The state is one of the most expensive in the nation in which to receive a ticket. Don't volunteer your own funds to help balance the state's budget. Retaining a skilled attorney to advocate for your interests can result in your reckless driving charge being dropped or overturned.
Attorney Charles V. Hardenbergh is committed to helping Virginia residents avoid the hefty fines and negatives consequences of a reckless driving ticket. Call (804) 835-5127, or complete our online contact form to learn more.