Protecting Your Rights
Arlington County is notoriously tough on crime including reckless driving. Many drivers charged with reckless driving in Arlington have gotten into serious trouble because the assumed that Arlington would be a lot like their traffic court experiences in other counties. Arlington is different, and a lot tougher.
Arlington County Reckless Driving Cases are Different from Other Jurisdictions:
One of the things that Arlington County does differently is that they have their own unique driving improvement program in Arlington. The driving improvement program in Arlington is longer and more expensive than the normal DMV programs. It costs well over $100 and can only be done in person, not online.
The director of the program is a gentleman by the name of Art Von Herbulis. Unlike many of the typical DMV programs, Mr. Herbulis’ program is a serious driving safety program. If you are offered a deal that requires you taking the class make sure you show up and take it seriously or the judges may find out.
Another thing unique about Arlington County is there local laws. There are state driving laws and there are Arlington County driving laws that apply only in Arlington County. In Arlington County, “Failure to Maintain Proper Control”, “Failure to Give Full Time and Attention” and speeding are all technically criminal offenses. Under the county laws, these offenses can come with small amount of jail time. Because these offenses come with the possibility of jail time they are technically criminal offenses.
If you have a security clearance or TPS immigration status or a similar situation and you cannot afford a criminal conviction, be careful in Arlington County. I have seen people go into court with a minor traffic ticket and walk out with a criminal conviction because the prosecutor or judge amended their charge to a local criminal offense without telling them. Most people do not realize what happened until it is too late.
Penalties for Reckless Driving in Arlington County:
If you are convicted of Reckless Driving in Arlington County you will have a criminal conviction on your permanent criminal record. No amount of time will erase a conviction for reckless driving from your criminal record. Being convicted for reckless driving in Arlington can affect your security clearance, job applications or even immigration status. So please be careful and consult with an attorney before going to court.
Being convicted of reckless driving in Arlington or anywhere else in Virginia can result in up to $2,500 in fines, a 6 month loss of driving privileges and up to 12 months in jail. Of course, not everyone who is convicted of reckless driving end up with these punishments but some do so please talk to a reckless driving attorney before going to court.
If you would like to get a free consultation about your Arlington reckless driving case, call Nichols & Green PLLC for a free consultation with an attorney either by phone or in person. Call (703) 215-1114 today.