Reckless driving is a criminal offense because the General Assembly has placed this in the Class 1 misdemeanor category. Class 1 misdemeanors include other traditional crimes such as shoplifting, drunk driving, possession of marijuana, and other common criminal offenses.
Virginia is the only state in which an 11 mile per hour speeding offense could result in a criminal charge. But it is a criminal charge, and it will leave somebody with a permanent criminal record, if convicted. Now of course, not every person who is charged with reckless driving winds up being convicted. In many cases, we are able to convince the judge to reduce or even sometimes dismiss the charge based on good mitigation that we present to the court.