Section §46.2-859 of the Virginia Code makes it a crime to pass “…any school bus which is stopped on any highway, private road, or school driveway for the purpose of taking on or discharging children, the elderly, or mentally or physically handicapped persons,…” Specifically, Virginia law says that anyone who is guilty of passing a stopped school bus in this way is guilty of reckless driving.
You Need a Reckless Driving Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused of passing a stopped school bus, then you have been accused of a crime and you need a criminal defense lawyer with experience defending drivers who have been accused of reckless driving.
You have not been given a traffic ticket and the penalties you face are not purely financial. In addition to a fine, you may face potential jail time, demerit points on your driver’s license, suspension of your driver’s license, increased insurance premiums, and other serious consequences. If you are convicted then your criminal record may be permanent.
For these reasons, it is important to hire an attorney who has experience with reckless driving criminal defense cases. An attorney who handled your speeding ticket, parking violation, or another civil matter may not be the best choice for handling your criminal case.
For more than two decades, Attorney T. Kevin Wilson has been representing people in criminal traffic-related cases. He knows what questions to ask, what evidence to gather, what arguments to make, and what advice to give each individual client who faces a traffic-related crime.
If you would like to learn more about the charges you face, the potential consequences of these charges, and the steps that you can take to protect your recovery, then please contact The Wilson Law Firm today to schedule your free, confidential, no-obligation consultation with an experienced reckless driving defense lawyer. We would be happy to discuss any potential defenses to the crime of passing a stopped school bus and how best to protect your future.