The five-day Thanksgiving weekend holiday period which begins on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and ends on the Sunday after Thanksgiving is often a busy travel time. The Virginia State Police and local police departments are often out in force helping those who have been in crashes and ticketing drivers whom they believe broke the law.
Virginia State Police Ticket Thousands of Drivers for Reckless Driving
Over the past two Thanksgiving holiday weekends, the Virginia State Police issued:
2,465 reckless driving tickets over the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
2,157 reckless driving tickets over the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Other tickets were written for things like speeding, drunk driving, and violating seat belt and child safety seat laws.
A Reckless Driving Ticket Is a Summons
If you were one of the more than 2,000 people to receive a reckless driving ticket in Virginia over Thanksgiving weekend, then it is important to know that you did not receive a traffic ticket. Instead, your reckless driving ticket is a legal summons—you have been charged with a crime.
When you signed the ticket given to you by the officer, you promised to appear in court to address the criminal charge of reckless driving. However, you have not pleaded guilty to the crime.
If you are convicted of reckless driving, then you may face substantial fines, jail time, and other penalties. Therefore, it is important to take this charge seriously and to consult with an experienced reckless driving criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. A reckless driving defense lawyer can make sure that you are treated fairly in court, your legal rights are protected, and any applicable defenses are raised.
To schedule your free, no-obligation consultation about your rights, please contact Attorney T. Kevin Wilson today via this website or by phone. Start the New Year off right by making sure that you are treated fairly and that you are not held accountable for a crime that you did not commit.