Traffic violations can cause major problems for you including the fine associated with the offense, points against your driver’s license, suspension of your driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and even a negative impact on your employment if your job involves commercial driving. Some traffic violations such as reckless driving and hit-and-run can be punishable by jail time.
Reckless driving is defined under Virginia law as driving in a way that endangers yourself, others, or property. Excessive speeding is a common example of reckless driving. If you are driving 20 miles per hour above the speed limit, or above 80 miles per hour regardless of the speed limit, you could be charged with reckless driving by speed.
Reckless driving also includes such offenses as:
- Driving aggressively
- Failing to yield when entering a highway
- Failing to signal properly
- Passing a stopped school bus, racing
- Causing injury or death while racing
Reckless driving is a Class 1 Misdemeanor under Virginia law, and as such can be punished by up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine up to $2,500.00, as well as suspension of your driver’s license for up to six months.
DWI & DUI
DWI (driving while intoxicated) and DUI (driving under the influence) are used interchangeably and there is no legal distinction between them. Virginia law classifies a first offense for DWI/DUI as a Class 1 Misdemeanor. The following are examples of driving while intoxicated:
- Driving a car, boat, or train while having a blood/alcohol content of .08 or above
- Driving a car, boat, or train while under the influence of alcohol
- Driving a car, boat, or train while under the influence of any narcotic drug or any other self-administered intoxicant or drug or combination of such drugs to a degree which impairs the ability to drive any motor vehicle safely
Anyone convicted of DWI/DUI will have an ignition interlock device installed in his or her vehicle for at least six months, even for a first offense. Beyond this, a conviction can mean
- Points against driver’s license
- License suspension
- Having to take a required alcohol and substance abuse program
- Increased insurance premiums or even cancellation of your automobile insurance
- Problems with security clearance
- Mandatory minimum jail sentence if your blood-alcohol concentration was above .15
The state’s case almost always depends on breath and/or blood samples, but those are not always accurate. For example, the police officer may not have followed proper procedures in administering the breath test. Or, the lab that analyzes the breath or blood sample may not have properly maintained its equipment. Or, you may have a medical condition that skews the results of the breath or blood sample.
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