Reckless driving is a serious misdemeanor crime in Virginia that can be punished by a jail sentence, large fine, and driver’s license suspension. In addition, you would have a permanent criminal record that could have long-term consequences in your life if you are convicted.
You need to mount a strong defense to fight the charges you face and avoid the ramifications of a conviction. Hiring an expert witness could be a powerful tool in your defense strategy.
Four Types of Expert Witnesses That Can Help Beat Reckless Driving Charges
Every reckless driving criminal case is different, and the expert witnesses who could help you will depend on the facts surrounding your arrest. If you want to achieve the best possible outcome in your case, you need the help of an experienced reckless driving lawyer to identify the defenses that would be most effective in your criminal case and the expert witnesses who could help in your defense. Here are types of expert witnesses they may recommend that you hire:
- Radar or LIDAR expert. An expert who is qualified in the use of radar or LIDAR equipment could help you prove that the equipment was not calibrated or working properly. They can also testify to the officer’s lack of training in the use of this equipment or their failure to use it properly.
- Accident reconstruction expert. If you were involved in an auto collision at the time you were arrested for reckless driving, you may need to hire an accident reconstruction expert. They can reenact how the crash occurred and who was at fault in causing it. They may also be able to determine how fast you were driving or whether you were engaged in other reckless driving.
- Private investigator. You may want to hire a private investigator depending on the facts of your case. For example, if the police relied on witnesses in charging you, a private investigator could find facts about them to discredit their testimony.
- Calibration expert. If you are raising the defense that your speedometer was broken and you did not realize you were speeding, you should have your speedometer calibrated. You may want to use the individual who calibrated it as an expert witness to explain how the speedometer malfunctioned.
Were you charged with reckless driving in Virginia? Our skilled reckless driving legal team will mount a strong defense strategy for you that may result in the charges being dismissed or reduced to a less serious offense—even if you are guilty. To learn how we can defend you, call our Manassas office or start a live chat to schedule your free consultation today.