Traffic School Is One of Many Solutions Our Manassas Reckless Driving Lawyers Investigate to Help Your Case

If you’re convicted of reckless driving in Virginia, you face serious misdemeanor charges and a permanent criminal record. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to avoid some of the harsher consequences by completing a traffic school course. Traffic school is a program designed to improve drivers' knowledge and safe driving habits. These courses are approximately eight hours and can be taken in person or online. 

Our Manassas reckless driving lawyers at The Wilson Law Firm work hard to defend you and provide advice you can trust as to whether completing a traffic school course will help you achieve a better outcome. Read our testimonials to find out how we have helped other clients facing reckless driving charges.

When Traffic School Can Help Your Virginia Reckless Driving Case

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) keeps a list of approved traffic schools that drivers can attend. The cost of attending one is capped at $100. Completing traffic school can sometimes result in reduced reckless driving charges or lesser penalties in Virginia, but this depends on various factors. You don’t want to waste your time and money by completing a traffic school course that won't help you. traffic-school-class-reckless-driving

You need the help of our attorneys at The Wilson Law. Here are considerations we evaluate that may impact this decision.

Seriousness of the Reckless Driving Offense

The specific circumstances of your reckless driving arrest are an important consideration. A judge may be less inclined to consider traffic school as a mitigating factor if your offense involved: 

  • Causing an accident resulting in the injury of others
  • Excessive speeding, such as over 85 mph or 20 mph over the posted speed limit
  • Aggressive driving

However, if you were charged with a less severe infraction, traffic school might show your commitment to improving your driving habits and avoiding future incidents. 

Your Criminal Record

If you have a clean driving history and no prior offenses, the court may view traffic school more favorably. Conversely, a history of traffic violations, a previous reckless driving conviction, or other criminal convictions lessens the impact of attending traffic school on your current charges. 

Your Judge

As mentioned, Judges have discretion in deciding whether traffic school influences your case outcome. Some judges are more lenient and willing to reduce charges or penalties if you voluntarily attend traffic school, while others may not be as receptive. At the Wilson Law Firm, we’ll use our knowledge of different judges’ rulings to provide the insight you need and determine if this is a favorable option. 

Your Lawyer

Having an attorney who handles many reckless driving cases can significantly affect the success of using traffic school to reduce your potential sentence. At The Wilson Law Firm, we advocate for you in many ways to promote the best possible result.  

In Virginia, reckless driving is often charged as a misdemeanor, but a conviction can result in large fines, loss of driving privileges, and even jail time. If traffic school is in your best interests, we may negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor, offering a reduced penalty based on your attendance. Don’t trust the outcome of your case to just anyone—we’ve helped thousands of good people, and we can help you, too.