What are the differences between simple Speeding and Reckless Driving Speeding in Virginia?
Under the Virginia Code, although both Speeding and Reckless Driving are offenses based on speed, there are significant differences between what we call simple Speeding and Reckless Driving Speeding. First, there is a difference in the severity of the offenses: simple Speeding is merely a traffic infraction, but Reckless Driving Speeding is a misdemeanor criminal offense. In addition, since simple Speeding and Reckless Driving Speeding fall into different offense categories, they also carry different punishments: simple Speeding is punishable by only a fine, but Reckless Driving Speeding is punishable by a fine, incarceration and a suspension of your privilege / license to drive in Virginia. Since both simple Speeding and Reckless Driving Speeding are both considered moving violations in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (Virginia DMV) will assess demerit points for conviction of either offense. However, simple Speeding can carry three demerit points, four demerit points or six demerit points depending on the actual speed, but Reckless Driving Speeding always carries six demerit points.
If you have been accused of a Virginia Reckless Driving offense, Manassas, Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer, T. Kevin Wilson and The Wilson Law Firm can help you.