Everyone who is accused of a crime in the Commonwealth of Virginia has the right to be represented by an attorney. You always have the right to hire your own lawyer. If you are indigent and you face possible jail time, then you have the right to be represented by a court-appointed attorney.
Before you decide whether or not to accept representation from a court-appointed lawyer, there are several things to consider including:
- The charges against you. Reckless driving is a crime in Virginia. You did not get a speeding ticket. Instead, you may face potential jail time, license suspension, and significant fines. You need to take these charges seriously because a reckless driving conviction could impact you for a long time to come.
- Who you want representing you. Many court-appointed lawyers and public defenders are good attorneys. However, they are not paid well for their work. The pay that they do receive is a government salary. Clients do not hire court-appointed lawyers based on their reputation, past legal successes, or experience. A private lawyer’s income, however, is based on the clients who choose to hire that attorney. That provides attorneys in private practice with an incentive to do their very best work and to fight hard for each and every client.
You have a lot at stake and choosing a reckless driving attorney may have a significant impact on the outcome of your case and on your future.
Don’t Let the Cost of a Reckless Driving Lawyer Stop You From Getting the Representation You Deserve
Attorneys’ fees are just one potential cost in a reckless driving case. If you are convicted of reckless driving in Virginia, then you may also need to pay expensive fines, you may need alternate transportation if your license is suspended, and you may go to prison where you can’t work or help your family. These legal penalties can add up very quickly.
The Wilson Law Firm would be pleased to provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation. Come meet with us and learn how we can help you and what we charge for our services so that you can make an informed decision about your legal representation. After our meeting, you can still decide to use a court-appointed lawyer if that is the right decision for you, or you can choose to hire us. Call us or fill out our online contact form now for more information, free of charge.