A reckless driving charge was not what you had planned. You recognize that you are going to have to defend yourself against this criminal charge, but you have a really good reason for not going to court on the day that your case is currently scheduled.
However, simply failing to respond to your summons by not showing up in court on the appointed day could make the situation worse. As you face jail time, financial fines, and a potentially permanent criminal record, you need to do everything in your power to protect your legal rights.
Delay Your Reckless Driving Court Date If Necessary
The Virginia court system recognizes that you might have a good reason for needing to reschedule your court date. You could, for example, be:
Receiving medical care that makes your attendance in court very difficult.
In the process of hiring a reckless driving defense attorney.
In the military.
In a situation where a key witness for your case is unable to attend the court date for a good reason.
If one of these reasons, or another good reason, exists then you or your attorney may ask the court for a continuance in your Virginia reckless driving case.
A Continuance Won’t Delay Your Reckless Driving Case Forever
Instead, if the court grants your motion to continue then your case will be delayed to a future date when the officer who charged you with reckless driving is scheduled to appear in court. This may delay your case for a few weeks or months depending on the reason for your continuance and the police officer’s court schedule.
As with anything having to do with your reckless driving charge, it is important to consult with an experienced reckless driving lawyer as soon as possible. Let your attorney know the reasons why you are seeking a continuance. Your lawyer will let you know whether you should pursue a continuance. If your lawyer thinks that you should pursue a continuance, then he will draft the motion to continue and present it to the court.
To learn more about this, or about any aspect of your reckless driving case in Virginia, please contact The Wilson Law Firm today via this website or by phone. We would be happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation.