In Virginia, a reckless driving violation is not like other traffic violations and a reckless driving arrest is not like most other arrests. This can create a lot of confusion, and it may potentially result in mistakes being made that significantly impact your legal rights and your future.
Our Reckless Driving Lawyers Clear Up the Confusion
We want you to be treated fairly if you have been charged with reckless driving. Accordingly, we want you to know the truth about the following three misconceptions or myths that could harm you:
Myth: A reckless driving summons is the same as a speeding ticket.
Truth: A reckless driving summons is different from a speeding ticket. A reckless driving summons is a promise to appear in court. While the paper that the police officer hands to you may seem to be a ticket, it is a legal summons. Instead of arresting you and taking you to the police station, the officer is charging you with a crime and telling you when and where you are expected to be in court to respond to the criminal charges against you.
Myth: You have not been arrested.
Truth: You have been charged with a crime. You have not been taken into custody. Therefore, you have not been handcuffed or taken to the police station for formal booking. Instead, the summons discussed above serves as notification of your arrest.
Myth: You can represent yourself because the charges against you are not serious.
Truth: You have the right to represent yourself, but make no mistake about it you face serious criminal charges. You can be sentenced to prison time, you can lose your license, and you may have to pay significant fines if you are convicted of reckless driving in Virginia.
Don’t let a misconception prevent you from effectively defending yourself in a reckless driving criminal case. Instead, contact Attorney T. Kevin Wilson today by phone or through this website to learn more about your rights and to protect your future.