Roanoke, Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer
People make the mistake of thinking that they are dealing with “just another ticket” when they face reckless driving charges. The fact of the matter, however, is that reckless driving is a class one misdemeanor under Virginia law and one may face potential jail time. Other potential penalties for this offense include fines, possible community service, a criminal record, jail and potential disqualification from employment. If you have been arrested or charged, then it is important that you retain a criminal defense attorney to assist you with the situation. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke lawyer handling reckless driving cases. She prides herself on providing quality representation and we are ready to assist you. Our firm also assists those with charges in Salem and other southwest Virginia areas.
Lawyer assisting Roanoke and Salem residents charged with misdemeanor or felony reckless driving
Reckless driving occurs under fourteen different criminal law codes in the state of Virginia. One of the reckless driving charges most often charged is when one “operates a vehicle at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person.” The other reckless driving charge often cited is driving 80 and over or 20 mph over the speed limit. Charges are automatically brought if one gets into an accident or engages in certain forms of conduct spelled out under Virginia law. Some types of conduct include, but is not limited to, driving without “proper control” of a vehicle, unsafe passing on a curve, or driving with an excessive number of people in the front seat. A first offense reckless driving charge is charged as a class one misdemeanor. The penalties for this offense can include up to twelve months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. These penalties may be elevated for subsequent offenses and for cases which involve property damage or injury to others.
Reckless driving cases are typically heard by the General District Court. Often the entry of a “not guilty” plea is on the same day as the trial date. In all reckless driving cases an experience criminal defense lawyer will dispute as to whether the accused’s conduct actually constitutes operation of a vehicle in a reckless or wanton manner. There may also be a dispute over statements which law enforcement gained from a defendant in violation of their Miranda rights and whether such statements should be admissible in court. The Judge is the final decider as to whether the accused’s behavior was truly “reckless” and whether statements or additional evidence was illegally obtained. If there are not sufficient grounds to fight the charges, then an attorney may still be able to gain a more favorable resolution than would otherwise by obtained through the plea bargain process.
Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke lawyer assisting those who face reckless driving charges. She will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of how you were charged or arrested and to help you understand what to expect as your case moves forward. She will quickly obtain all available evidence and begin formulating a plan for your defense. If she believes that your rights were violated, then Cerid will file all appropriate Motions with the court. She will also determine whether there is a legal basis to dispute the claim that your driving was “reckless.” If a dismissal is not possible, then she will take the steps necessary to gain the best possible result. We understand the impact that this type of charge can have on your future. Our firm is ready to assist you.
We also serve the southwest Virginia cities of Cave Spring, Salem, the Botetourt County city of Hollins, the Bedford County cities of Bedford and Forest, the Franklin County city of Rocky Mount, and the Montgomery County cities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford.
Lawyer helping Roanoke, Virginia residents deal with reckless driving charges
Dealing with reckless driving charges can be intimidating. It is important that you retain a lawyer who will be in contact with you throughout the process. Cerid makes attorney-client communication a top priority. She will quickly respond to your messages and ensures to answer any questions you may have. We strive to provide the highest level of service to those with charges in Roanoke and other Southwest Virginia areas. This is our promise in each and every case we handle.