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Many people who have been cited for reckless driving or arrested for drunk driving in Virginia have common questions, and our Manassas DUI defense lawyers developed this section on our website to educate, inform and help you through this difficult time. When you are facing a challenging case, look for your answers here. If you cannot locate the answer to your specific question, please give us a call, and our qualified Northern Virginia criminal defense attorneys will answer your legal questions.

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  • If the Virginia magistrate decides to hold me in jail without bond until my trial date, can that decision be reviewed by a Court?

    Decisions regarding bond conditions made by Virginia magistrates are reviewable by Virginia judges.  Magistrates have access to very little information when making the initial decision whether to hold someone in jail or set conditions of release.  However, at a bond hearing a court will have access to far more information than the magistrate had to consider, so it makes sense that a court can make an independent determination and set conditions of release even though the magistrate held the person without bond.  

    Any Virginia DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer should know how to file the proper motions with the court to get this matter on the court's docket for a Bond Hearing.  During the Bond Hearing your Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer will try to persuade the judge to overrule the magistrate's decision and either allow release on certain conditions (if you were held without bond) or amend the conditions of release so that you can meet them and be released.  The prosecuting attorney is usually present for these bond hearings and will try to persuade the judge to do whatever the prosecuting attorney believes is best.

    Contact An Attoney If You Are Held With No Bond

    If you have questions, call The Wilson Law Firm at 703-361-6100 or 540-347-4944 and a knowledgeable, experienced and successful Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer will be happy to discuss pre-trial confinement, bond hearings and other matters relating to criminal cases in Virginia with you in more detail.   

  • In Virginia, to be released from pre-trial confinement, will I need to use the services of a bail bond agent?

    Whether you will need to utilize the services of a bail bonding company in order to be released from custody while awaiting trial depends upon both the decision made by the magistrate or judge, and your personal financial position. 

    Initially, as discussed in other FAQs, in Virginia the magistrate will decide whether release from pre-trial confinement is an option for you, and if so, under what conditions.  The judge can review and overrule the magistrate's decision after considering evidence and arguments presented at a bond hearing.  After you have gone through the process there are three general results. 

    (1) You could be held in jail without possibility of release (without bond).  If this happens, it means the magistrate and/or judge(s) in Virginia believed that no condition or combination of conditions would reasonably guarantee your return to court and reasonably protect the public.  If you are held without bond you will remain incarcerated in a Virginia jail until your trial.  

    (2) You could be given a secured bond.  If this happens, it means that the Virginia magistrate and/or judge believed that you did not necessarily need to be held in jail until your trial, but that certain conditions were necessary to reasonably guarantee your return to court and to reasonably protect the public.  So, when you have been given a secured bond it means your release has been authorized if you meet certain conditions.  Generally speaking, requiring security for the bond stems from the belief that a person will behave while awaiting trial and return to court for the trial if failing to do so would cause the person to lose a certain sum of money or something of value.  Although property is occasionally used as security, in Virginia the most common term is "cash or corporate surety" - which means money.  For example, a Virginia magistrate or Virginia judge may set bond at "$10,000 secured - cash or corporate surety." 

    This is the situation in which the services of a Virginia bail bond agent may be necessary.  If your financial position is such that you can pay the entire amount of the secured bond then you will not need the assistance of a Virginia bail bonding company.  If you pay the entire bond yourself, and meet all the other conditions while the case is pending, the entire amount will be refunded to you at the conclusion of the case.  

    On the other hand, if you are not able to pay the entire amount of the secured bond, you can enlist the services of a Virgnia bail bond company to help you.  Generally speaking, instread of having to pay the entire amount of the secured bond, you pay a Virginia bail bonding company a non-refundable fee equal to approximately 10% of the secured bond, and the bail bonding company is responsible for making sure you appear in court.   

    (3) You could be released on an unsecured bond.  If this happens it means your situation was such that the Virginia magistrate and/or judge determined that no security was needed to guarantee your return to court and the safety of the public, so you did not have to pay any money and you were released after promising to appear in court for all scheduled court dates.  Sometimes this is called being released "on your own recognizance".    

    If you have questions about pre-trial confinement, bond hearing, the use of bondsmen or any other matter related to Virginia Criminal Defense, call The Wilson Law Firm at 703-361-6100 or 540-347-4944 and a knowledgeable, experienced and successful Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer will be happy to discuss these issues with you in more detail. 

  • Do I need a Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer to represent me in my Virginia criminal case?

    If you have been accused of committing a criminal offense in Virginia, the consequences could be life changing.  If you are convicted of a criminal offense in Virginia you will have a permanent criminal record, and depending on the severity of the offense, you could end up in a Virginia jail or state penitentiary.  You could be ordered by a Virginia court to pay a substantial fine.  You could have a Virginia court or the Virginia DMV suspend your license.  You may suffer increased insurance premiums for several years.  You may be forced to take time off from work or away from your family to complete counseling and/or perform community service work.  You may have to report to a Virginia Probation Officer for the next several years, and may have to undergo drug and alcohol testing.  You may be forced to pay restitution to the victim of the alleged offense.  You may experience difficulty getting into schools or finding employment.   

    The list of possible consequences which can flow from a Virginia criminal conviction is seemingly endless.  Therefore, the smart thing to do when you have been accused of a criminal offense in Virginia is to hire the best Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer you can afford to protect your rights, fight for you and help ensure you get the absolute best possible result. 

    If you have been arrested or have questions about Virginia DUI / DWI, Criminal or Traffic Defense, call The Wilson Law Firm and a knowledgeable, experienced and successful Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer will be happy to discuss these matters with you in more detail.

  • Can I get a Public Defender or Court Appointed Attorney to Represent Me on My DUI Case in Virginia?

    Maybe.  Whether the situation is one in which the appoiontment of a Public Defender or Court Appointed Counsel is appropriate depends on the nature of the charge and the person's financial status.  

    Although a person can always hire someone to represent his/her interests, the appointment of a Public Defender or Court Appointed Lawyer is only permitted in cases in which the accused is facing the possibility of a jail sentence.  Therefore, if a jail sentence is not authorized by law, or if the government has agreed not to seek a jail sentence even though the law would allow one to be imposed, the accused is not entitled to the appointment of a Public Defender or Court Appointed Attorney.  

    In addition to the charge itself being one for which the accused is facing jail, only those deemed to be indigent are entitled to have a lawyer appointed to handle the case.  Virginia has strict financial guidelines for determining whether someone is eligible to have a Public Defender or Court Appointed Lawyer and those seeking appointed counsel must fill out a financial questionnaire regarding assets, and do so under oath and penalty of perjury.

    Virginia Public Defenders Have A Large Workload

    Some jurisdictions in Virginia have an Public Defender office and other jurisdictions do not.  Jurisdictions which do not have a Public Defender office have a list of private lawyers who have agreed to be appointed to represent indigent criminal defendants.  So, if you are found to be eligible for appointed counsel in Virginia, you may get a Virginia Public Defender or a private Court Appointed lawyer.  Virginia Public Defender offices are government offices staffed by government employees who are paid by the Commonwealth of Virginia - just like the people working in the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney.  Virginia Public Defenders are paid a salary and have the seemingly imcomprehensible task of handling essentially every case involving an indigent criminal defendant, regardless of workload.  They simply don't have the option to say they are too busy and can't handle another case.  Instead, they have to take on all the cases that come in and do the best they can to provide the best possible representation.

    Incentive To Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer

    On the other hand, private Virginia Court Appointed lawyers are not government employees, but rather lawyers who work in the private sector and have agreed to represent indigent criminal defendants in Virginia for embarrassingly low compensation.  For example, a private Court Appointed Lawyer who handles a Class 1 misdemeanor criminal case in the General District Court will routinely be paid only $120.00.  If you think that's bad - consider this:  a private Court Appointed Lawyer who handles a murder case, for which the client might receive a sentence of imprisonment for life, may be paid as little as $1,235.  (See VA Code 19.2-163)  When the fee for Court Appointed representation on a very serious felony offense such as murder is less than many lawyers charge for a simple, routine misdemeanor offense, one can't help but wonder about the quality of the representaion provided.  As you may have guessed from these figures, Virginia has long been at or near the bottom of the list in terms of compensation for Court Appointed Counsel.     

    If you are accused of an offense in Virginia for which you could be sentenced to jail and you would like to be represented by appointed counsel - whether a Virginia Public Defender or a private Virginia Court Appointed Attorney - you will need to go to the court and provide the necessary financial information to see if you qualify for the appointment of counsel. 

    A Virginia DUI Attorney Fights For You

    Of course, understanding the seriousness of the situation and the possible life changing consequences, you may decide to do whatever it takes to hire the lawyer of your choosing rather than seeking appointed counsel.Call toll free at (800) DUI - LWYR or (703) 361-6100 and get your legal questions answered. We will fight hard for your rights. Also, download your FREE copy of DUI/DWI Arrest Survival Guide - The Guilt Myth, written by attorney T. Kevin Wilson. 

  • Under Virginia Criminal Law, in what circumstances are law enforcement officers authorized to arrest a suspect without an arrest warrant?

    Virginia Criminal Law and Virginia Criminal Procedure relating to the authority of Virginia law enforcement officers to arrest a suspect in situations where they do not have an arrest warrant is complicated and is not necessarily what one would expect.  Perhaps that is why, in my experience many police officers, prosecuting attorneys and judges do not understand the law in this area.  I've heard officers and prosecutors say, and I've had judges rule, that Virginia law allows officers to arrest (without an arrest warrant) and take into custody any person - for any criminal offense - as long as the officer has probable cause.  This is simply not true.  (See Sections 19.2-74 and 19.2-81 of the Code of Virginia)

    Generally speaking, Virginia law authorizes law enforcement officers to take action and arrest suspects who are believed to have committed misdemeanor criminal offenses in the presence of the officer, and felony criminal offenses whether in the presence of the officer or not.  In Virginia, police officers are generally not authorized to arrest persons suspected of committing misdemeanor criminal offenses outside the presence of the officer, but there are a few important exceptions to that general rule. 

  • In Virginia, if I am suspected of committing a crime, will I be given a ticket (Virginia Uniform Summons) and allowed to go on my way or will I be taken into custody and transported to jail?

    Under Virginia criminal law relating to the method of effecting an arrest, the answer to whether a person will be given a ticket (Virginia Uniform Summons) and released or taken into custody is a complicated one which depends on the specific circumstances.  A few general rules are listed below.

    If you are suspected of committing a crime in Virginia, you most likely will be taken into custody if:   
    - you are suspected of a felony offense in Virginia
    - you refuse to sign a ticket (Virginia Uniform Summons) in Virginia
    - you refuse to stop the illegal behavior in Virginia
    - you are believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Virginia
    - you are suspected of a crime of violence in Virginia
    - you are suspected of a crime in another jurisdiction and Virginia authorities are alerted

    For a more detailed explanation of when Virginia law requires release on a summons, click here.   

  • How are misdemeanor criminal offenses punished under Virginia criminal law?

    Under Virginia criminal law, misdemeanor criminal offenses are categorized, for purposes of punishment and sentencing, into 4 classes:  Class 1 misdemeanor punishments are the most serious and Class 4 misdemeanor punishments are the least serious in Virginia.  

    The punishment for Class 1 and Class 2 misdemeanor offenses in Virginia includes the possibility of a jail sentence, but under Virginia criminal law the punishment for Class 3 and Class 4 misdemeanor offenses does not include the possibility of a jail sentence.

    Specifically, the possible punishments for the different classes of misdemeanor criminal offenses in Virginia include the following:    

    • Class 1 Misdemeanor 

      • Up to 12 months in jail and / or a fine of up to $2,500
    • Class 2 Misdemeanor 

      • Up to 6 months in jail and / or a fine of up to $1,000
    • Class 3 Misdemeanor

      • A fine of up to $500
    • Class 4 Misdemeanor

      • A fine of up to $250


    Any offense designated as a misdemeanor criminal offense under Virginia law and for which no punishment, or no maximum punishment is prescribed, shall be treated as a Class 1 misdemeanor criminal offense.  

    The experienced Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyers at The Wilson Law Firm can discuss this, and other Virginia criminal law matters, with you in more detail.

    For more Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

  • How are felony criminal offenses punished under Virginia criminal law?

    Under Virginia criminal law, felony criminal offenses are categorized, for purposes of punishment and sentencing, into 6 classes:  Class 1 felony punishments are the most serous and Class 6 felony punishments are the least serious in Virginia.  

    Virginia felony offenses are all punishable by incarceration in a state penitentiary / prison for at least one year, and as the severity of the specific felony offense increases, so does the punishment, all the way up to the possibility of being sentenced to death.  

    Specifically, the possible punishments for the different classes of felony criminal offenses in Virginia include the following:    

    • Class 1:  death or imprisonment for life, and a fine of up to $100,000
    • Class 2:  imprisonment for life or any tern not less than 20 years, and a fine of up to $1,000
    • Class 3:  imprisonment for 5 to 20 years, and a fine of up to $100,000
    • Class 4:  imprisonment for 2 to 10 years, and a fine of up to $100,000
    • Class 5:  imprisonment for 1 to 10 years, or up to 12 months in jail and / or a fine of up to $2,500
    • Class 6:  imprisonment for 1 to 5 years, or up to 12 months in jail and / or a fine of up to $2,500

    The experienced Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyers at The Wilson Law Firm can discuss this, and other Virginia criminal law matters, with you in more detail.

    For more Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

  • Whatare the differences between a felony criminal offense, a misdemeanor criminal offense and traffic violation under Virginia criminal law?

    Every jurisdiction has a code of conduct making certain behavior illegal.  The various offenses set forth in any particular set of laws are generally classified as Criminal Offenses or Traffic Violations.  Criminal Offenses are further broken down into either MISDEMEANOR criminal offenses or FELONY criminal offenses, with misdemeanor offenses being less serious offenses which have less severe punishments and felony offenses being more serious offenses which have more severe punishments

    For information about the specific punishment scheme for criminal and traffic offenses in Virginia, click here.   

    For more Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

  • What can happen to me if I am convicted of a Virginia Reckless Driving charge?

    The answer to this question is complicated because there are both direct consequences which flow from Virginia courts and numerous collateral consequences which flow from the Virginia DMV and other sources. 

    Since all Virginia Reckless Driving offenses are misdemeanor criminal offenses, the possible punishments which can be imposed by a Virginia court include the following:

    • a fine of up to $2,500 
    • up to 12 months in jail
    • a license suspension which can be as long as two years  


    However, in addition to these punishments which can be imposed by the Virginia courts, there are numerous other possible collateral consequences which can, and in some cases will, follow a Virginia Reckless Driving conviction.  Some of these include:

    • having a permanent criminal record
    • having the Virginia DMV assess demerit points against your license
    • suffering an increase in your insurance premiums for several years
    • having an additional license suspension imposed by the Virginia DMV in certain circumstances
    • having to pay a reinstatement fee to the Virginia DMV
    • having to rely on friends, family, taxi cabs or public transportation to get to work
    • losing your secutiry clearance
    • losing your job
    • losing your ability to provide for yourself and your family
    • losing your home
    • having a suspended fine and/or jail sentence imposed for violating probation

    Reckless Driving is a serious offense in Virginia and the punishments which can be imposed by a Virginia court can be devastating.  However, the possible consequences of a Virginia Reckless Driving conviction go far beyond the sentence imposed by a Virgnia Court and can include some, or all, of the collateral consequences listed above.  If you have been charged with a Virginia Reckless Driving offense, it is important for you to hire an experienced, skilled and successful Virginia Reckless Driving Defense Lawyer to put yourself in the best position to make the most of this unfortunate situation. 

  • How fast do I have to be going for it to be considered Reckless Driving in Virginia?

    In Virginia, there are several different Reckless Driving laws, each dealing with specific acts which have been defined as Reckless Driving in Virginia.  Although each Virginia Reckless Driving law deals with different specific behavior, all Virginia Reckless Driving offenses are misdemeanor criminal offenses. 

    One of the most commonly cited Virginia Reckless Driving offenses is based simply on speed.  Pursuant to section 46.2-862 of the Virginia Code, Reckless Driving in Virginia is defined as driving at a speed 20 mph or more above the speed limit, or at more than 80 mph regardless of the speed limit.  

    Yes, you read that correctly: Virginia has criminalized Speeding.  In other states, driving in an otherwise safe manner at 85 mph on the interstate in the middle of the night with no other traffic on the road would get you a warning or a simple traffic ticket which you could pay - but in Virginia, for that same behavior you probably would be given a summons accusing you of the misdemeanor criminal offense of Reckless Driving - Speeding (but you might be taken to jail immediately), and if convicted of a Virginia Reckless Driving, in addition to having to pay a fine and court costs, the court could suspend your license and even put you in jail.   

    If you have been accused of a Virginia Reckless Driving offense, Manassas, Virginia Reckless Driving Defense Lawyer, T. Kevin Wilson and The Wilson Law Firm can help you.         

  • If I am convicted of a Virginia Reckless Driving, will my insurance rates increase?

    Maybe.  Whether your insurance company decides to increase your insurance premium after a Virginia Reckless Driving conviction will depend, I suspect, on the specific policies and practices of your particular insurance company and to some degree on your driving history and the facts and circumstances of the specific violation.  For example, your insurance company might handle an alcohol-related Virginia Reckless Driving conviction (a Virginia DUI allegation which was reduced to a Virginia Reckless Driving offense) differently than a Reckless Driving conviction based purely on speeding.  This is something you will need to discuss with your particular insurance company.  A good place to start is to sit down and read your insurance policy.  I know, it isn't fun, but you may find some helpful information. 

    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.
     

  • Do I need to hire a Virginia lawyer if I have been accused of Reckless Driving in Virginia?

    As a Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer, the obvious response from me is going to be:  not only do you need to hire a lawyer, you need to hire Manassas, Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer, T. Kevin Wilson and The Wilson Law Firm!  However, vested interest aside, in my opinion everyone accused of a Virginia Reckless Driving offense should hire an experienced, successful and reputable Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer - if for no other reason than because the consequences of failing to do so can be potentially life changing.

    The offense of Reckless Driving in Virginia is a wolf in sheep's clothing.  Most people simply do not understand how serious a Virginia Reckless Driving offense is.  Perhaps it's because people are generally just given a ticket and allowed to go on their way; or perhaps it's because people have heard about others coming to court, pleading guilty and simply having a fine imposed.  Whatever the reason, people don't seem to understand that a Virginia Reckless Driving is a misdemeanor criminal offense which falls in the same category as DUI, Assault and Battery and Petit Larceny - and is punished more severely than Possession of Marijuana.

    Being convicted of a Virginia Reckless Driving will result in a permanent criminal record and can result in the offender paying a fine, suffering a license suspension, being sentenced to jail, having insurance rates increased, having demerit points assessed by the Virginia DMV, losing a security clearance, losing a job and even a home.  

    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.  

  • What can a Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer do for me?

    The short answer to this question is - what a lawyer can do for you depends on the lawyer you choose.  Face it, just like with any other profession or endeavor, there are good, effective, honest lawyers, and there are bad, ineffective, dishonest lawyers.  Some lawyers will diligently work on your case and can do a tremendous amount for you, perhaps even save you from being convicted of a Virginia Reckless Driving offense.  Other lawyers will do little, if anything, to fight for you or actually benefit you.  Sometimes the lack of advocacy for the client may be because the lawyer is just a bad lawyer.  Other times, it may be because the lawyer has adequate skill, but is lazy.  Still other times, it may be because the lawyer means well, but simply lacks the experience necessary to be most effective.  Of course, as the client, it doesn't matter to you why a lawyer is ineffective, and I recommend you avoid the bad lawyer, the lazy lawyer and the inexperienced lawyer.   

    However, experienced, successful and reputable Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyers like those at The Wilson Law Firm will protect your rights and ensure you receive the full benefit of all the statutory and constitutional protections to which you are entitled, including the requirement that the government prove the allegation against you beyond a reasonable doubt. 

    There are countless things a Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer can do to protect your rights - and those specific tactics and techniques are the product of many years of experience handling thousands of similar cases.  As in sports, veterans just generally know more than rookies, and the benefit of all those years of experience is part of what you pay for when you hire a lawyer who has "been there" and "seen it all" before.  You wouldn't want a rookie surgeon, and you don't want a rookie lawyer.  After all, you don't want to be the client who helps the inexperienced lawyer learn the lesson that the wiley veteran lawyer learned many years ago.

    Manassas, Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer T. Kevin Wilson has successfully handled thousands of Reckless Driving cases, including getting a not guilty verdict in a tragic Reckless Driving case which involved two fatalities. 

    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.          

  • What can a Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer do for me?

    The short answer to this question is - what a lawyer can do for you depends on the lawyer you choose.  Face it, just like with any other profession or endeavor, there are good, effective, honest lawyers, and there are bad, ineffective, dishonest lawyers.  Some lawyers will diligently work on your case and can do a tremendous amount for you, perhaps even save you from being convicted of a Virginia Reckless Driving offense.  Other lawyers will do little, if anything, to fight for you or actually benefit you.  Sometimes the lack of advocacy for the client may be because the lawyer is just a bad lawyer.  Other times, it may be because the lawyer has adequate skill, but is lazy.  Still other times, it may be because the lawyer means well, but simply lacks the experience necessary to be most effective.  Of course, as the client, it doesn't matter to you why a lawyer is ineffective, and I recommend you avoid the bad lawyer, the lazy lawyer and the inexperienced lawyer.   

    However, experienced, successful and reputable Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyers like those at The Wilson Law Firm will protect your rights and ensure you receive the full benefit of all the statutory and constitutional protections to which you are entitled, including the requirement that the government prove the allegation against you beyond a reasonable doubt. 

    There are countless things a Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer can do to protect your rights - and those specific tactics and techniques are the product of many years of experience handling thousands of similar cases.  As in sports, veterans just generally know more than rookies, and the benefit of all those years of experience is part of what you pay for when you hire a lawyer who has "been there" and "seen it all" before.  You wouldn't want a rookie surgeon, and you don't want a rookie lawyer.  After all, you don't want to be the client who helps the inexperienced lawyer learn the lesson that the wiley veteran lawyer learned many years ago.

    Manassas, Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer T. Kevin Wilson has successfully handled thousands of Reckless Driving cases, including getting a not guilty verdict in a tragic Reckless Driving case which involved two fatalities. 

    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.          

  • How much does it cost to hire The Wilson Law Firm tohandle a Virginia case involvingReckless Drivingor some other serious traffic offense?

    Fees and Payment Policies of The Wilson Law Firm:  Reckless Driving and Serious Traffic Defense

    When shopping for a vehicle, if basic transportation is all you need, perhaps you won’t insist on the benefits, security and service of a more expensive luxury vehicle. On the other hand, if you need - or want - the benefits, security and service of a luxury vehicle you won’t even consider the numerous less expensive basic transportation options.  The same holds true when searching for a Virginia lawyer to handle a case involving Reckless Driving or some other serious traffic offense in Virginia.   

    Our fees will not be the lowest you will find, so if all you want is a "basic transportation" lawyer, The Wilson Law Firm,located in Manassas, Virginia, is not the firm for you.  However, if the outcome of your case is important and you understand the need for the benefits, security and service of something more than a "basic trasportation", run-of-the-mill lawyer, The Wilson Law Firm may be just the firm you’re looking for.  The lawyers of The Wilson Law Firm have appeared in the various courts all across Virginia and have successfully represented thousands of clients accused of Reckless Driving and other serious traffic offenses including DUI / DWI, Racing, Aggressive Driving, Failing to Stop at the Scene of an Accident (commonly referred to as Hit and Run), Driving Without a Valid License, Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License, Eluding or Attempting to Elude Law EnforcementDriving Outside Parameters of a Restricted License and Driving After Being Declared an Habitual Offender.   

    Of course, the amount of the to hire The Wilson Law Firm for a particular case will depend on the facts and circumstances of the case, but the fee will always a reasonable flat rate fee so our clients know exactly what the fee will be at the outset.  After we learn a bit more about the facts and circumstances of your case, we will be in a better position to tell you about the fee for us to handle your case. In any case, the initial consultation is free, so there is no risk on your part.  After that initial discussion, if you are not convinced The Wilson Law Firm is the best firm for the job, you can simply elect not to hire us and you won’t owe us a thing.  On the other hand, if you decide The Wilson Law Firm is the firm you want and need, we will be happy to assist you and add you to our ever growing list of satisfied clients. 

    Of course, we accept payments via cash, check and money order, but since we understand the cost of hiring a Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer is a sudden and unexpected expense, we also accept credit card payments - which may help with budgeting.

    What are you waiting for? We have helped thousands of clients all across Virginia - and we can help you, too.

    Call now and put The Wilson Law Firm to work for you.

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  • If I am convicted of Reckless Driving in Virginia, how long will it stay on my record?

    Convictions don't just disappear after a certain amount of time in Virginia.  They will always be there if someone looks in the right place.  However, generally speaking, when people ask this question they want to know how long the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will report the conviction on the driving record.  The Virginia DMV will report different convictions for different periods of time, depending on the severity of the offense.  According to the Virginia DMV, most Reckless Driving offenses will be reported on a driving record for 11 years

  • If I am convicted of Reckless Driving in Virginia, will points be assessed against my license? If so, how long will the points count against me?

    Yes, demerit points are assigned for all moving violations in Virginia.  The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles classifies moving violations as either three point violations, four point violations or six point violations.  According to the Virginia DMV, most Reckless Driving offenses are six point violations, although one type of Reckless Driving in Virginia is only a four point violation

    According to the Virginia DMV, demerit points remain on your record for two years from the date the offense was committed

    People often confuse the date on which demerit points are removed from a Virginia DMV record with the date on which the convictions are removed from a Virginia DMV record (depends on the severity of the offense.  Demerit points will be removed from the Virginia DMV record 2 years from the date of the offense, but the length of time convictions will remain on the record depends on the severity of the offense - and some may be on the Virginia DMV record permanently.

  • How much does it cost to hire The Wilson Law Firm to handle a Virginia DUI / DWI?

    Fees and Payment Policies of The Wilson Law Firm:  DUI / DWI Defense

    When shopping for a vehicle, if basic transportation is all you need, perhaps you won’t insist on the benefits, security and service of a more expensive luxury vehicle. On the other hand, if you need - or want - the benefits, security and service of a luxury vehicle you won’t even consider the numerous less expensive basic transportation options.  The same holds true when searching for a Virginia DUI / DWI Lawyer.   

    Our fees will not be the lowest you will find, so if all you want is a "basic transportation" lawyer, The Wilson Law Firm is not the firm for you.  However, if the outcome of your case is important and you understand the need for the benefits, security and service of something more than a "basic trasportation", run-of-the-mill lawyer, The Wilson Law Firm may be just the firm you’re looking for.  Effectively defending DUI / DWI cases in Virginia requires knowledge of, and familiarity with, the intricacies and complexities of law, science, medicine, toxicology and physiology. The lawyers of The Wilson Law Firm have a unique combination of extensive education, specialized training and vast experience dealing with these complex areas specific to the field of DUI / DWI defense in Virginia which sets them apart from other lawyers, and is presumably why clients have to come from all across Virginia seeking the assistance of The Wilson Law Firm.

    The fee to hire The Wilson Law Firm is always a reasonable flat rate fee so our clients know exactly what the fee will be at the outset. The specific fee for a particular case will vary significantly depending on the facts and circumstances of the case and the lawyer who handles the case. After we learn a bit more about the facts and circumstances of your case, we will be in a better position to tell you about the fee for us to handle your case. In any case, the initial consultation is free, so there is no risk on your part.  After that initial discussion, if you are not convinced The Wilson Law Firm is the best firm for the job, you can simply elect not to hire us and you won’t owe us a thing.  On the other hand, if you decide The Wilson Law Firm is the firm you want and need, we will be happy to assist you and add you to our ever growing list of satisfied clients. 

    Of course, we accept payments via cash, check and money order, but since we understand the cost of hiring a DUI / DWI defense lawyer is a sudden and unexpected expense, we also accept credit card payments - which may help with budgeting.

    DUI Defense Attorney Fees Are Cheaper Than A Conviction In The Long Run

    What are you waiting for? We have helped thousands of clients all across Virginia - and we can help you, too.

    Call now and put The Wilson Law Firm to work for you, (703) 361-6100.

  • My next court date is an arraignment. What happens at an arraignment?

    In Virginia, the term "arraignment" is generally used to refer to the first appearance before the Court.  If you are held in jail, the arraignment should happen the following morning, and if you are released from custody (either after posting a bond or on your own recognizance) it typically happens a few days later.  Substantively, the arraignment is a brief administrative hearing at which the Court will typically do the following: 

    • inform you of the charge against you and make sure you understand it
    • inform you of your right to be represented by an attorney
    • inquire whether you plan to hire a lawyer, ask the court to appoint a lawyer or represent yourself
    • inform you of your next court date

  • Why was I charged with reckless driving in Virginia when all I was doing was driving above the speed limit?

    The simple answer is Virginia has criminalized speeding, so what is simply a speeding ticket in other states is reckless driving in Virginia.  More specifically, driving at a speed 20 mph over the posted speed limit in Virginia, or driving at more than 80 mph (regardless of the posted speed limit) is defined as reckless driving.  Since there are several different variations of reckless driving in Virginia, since this type is based on speed, some people refer to this charge as reckless driving speeding.  

    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.       

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