Reckless driving citations are very common in Virginia, and unfortunately, they are NOT a traffic citation or speeding ticket. Reckless driving in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor criminal offense! Drivers convicted of reckless driving in Virginia, including out-of-state drivers, will have a permanent criminal record. The conviction will also be added to a Virginia driving record for 11 years, and six demerit points will be applied.
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What Are the Penalties for Reckless Driving in Virginia?
§ 46.2-868. Reckless driving; penalties.
A. Every person convicted of reckless driving under the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
B. Every person convicted of reckless driving under the provisions of this article who, when he committed the offense, (i) was driving without a valid operator’s license due to a suspension or revocation for a moving violation and, (ii) as the sole and proximate result of his reckless driving, caused the death of another, is guilty of a Class 6 felony.
Punishment for a Class 1 Misdemeanor in Virginia
§ 18.2-11. Punishment for conviction of misdemeanor.
The authorized punishments for conviction of a misdemeanor are:
(a) For Class 1 misdemeanors, confinement in jail for not more than twelve months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.
(b) For Class 2 misdemeanors, confinement in jail for not more than six months and a fine of not more than $1,000, either or both.
(c) For Class 3 misdemeanors, a fine of not more than $500.
(d) For Class 4 misdemeanors, a fine of not more than $250.
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