Protecting Your Rights
Fairfax County Reckless Driving Cases are Unique
Fairfax County is unique in how it handles reckless driving tickets. First, you cannot negotiate with a prosecutor or officer in Fairfax County unless you have an attorney. If you don’t have an attorney you must sit in the court until your case is called and then plead guilty, not guilty or no contest (no contest just means guilty in Virginia). You will not have an opportunity to talk to your officer or a prosecutor in Fairfax County, only attorney do that.
Fairfax County does not have any special programs for reckless driving cases. The judge will not ask you if you want to take a driving class to get your case dropped or reduced. There is no such program in Fairfax and the clerks and judges do not have the administrative tool necessary to do it even if they wanted to…and most don’t.
Can I avoid Coming to Fairfax for My reckless Driving Case?
If you do not want to show up to your reckless driving case in Fairfax County, you can avoid coming to court by hiring an attorney and signing a Waiver of Appearance Form if your case is not one where you are likely to go to jail.
Fairfax County Traffic Court is Huge
Fairfax County Traffic Court is huge, diverse and hurried! There are 10 full time General District Court judges in Fairfax, plus there are many substitute judges. These judges vary dramatically in their opinions, punishments and treatment of reckless driving. These judges hear between 1,000-2,000 cases in a typical day in General District Court, and the judges must get through all of those cases before 1:00 if they want to have lunch before the 2:00pm felony docket begins. Do not expect the judges to let you talk for too long, they have a lot of cases to get through.
Among those 1,000-2,000 cases, there are usually about 50-60 reckless driving cases heard each day in Fairfax County.
The Fairfax County Traffic Court Clerk’s office is in Room 106 of the Courthouse and it is open from 8:00am to 4:00pm. If you come to the Fairfax County clerk’s office during the morning traffic docket take a number and expect a significant wait.
Paid Parking is available in the parking garage northwest of the courthouse and security lines can be long. Cell phones are allowed in the courthouse but do not let yours go off in court or you won’t get it back until the afternoon.
Penalties for Reckless Driving in Fairfax County
If you are convicted of reckless driving in Fairfax County the judge has the authority to sentence you to a maximum of twelve months in jail. The judge can also take away your right to drive for up to six months. Reckless driving also comes with up to $2,500 in fines. The Va DMV takes away 6 points for reckless driving. And an adult reckless driving conviction is a criminal offense that stays on your permanent criminal records forever.
However, just because reckless driving has some extremely serious maximum penalties does not mean that these penalties will or will not happen to you. To find out what likely penalties you are facing and whether you are likely to be convicted at all, call an attorney will a lot of experience defending reckless driving cases in Fairfax County.
Call Nichols & Green PLLC for a Free Consultation about Your Fairfax County Reckless Driving Case.
We represent several hundred reckless driving cases every year in Fairfax County. If you would like to know more about your Fairfax county reckless driving case, call us today for a free consultation (703) 215-1114.
During your free consultation our attorney will discuss you case and answer your questions. As part of your free consultation we will discuss likely defenses, give you our opinion regarding the likely outcome of your case, give you the exact flat fee your case, and provide you with a list of things you can do to prepare for your case.
At Nichols & Green PLLC we defend hundreds of Fairfax County reckless Driving Cases
Our offices are across the street from the Fairfax County court complex and we are there almost every day defending drivers accused of criminal offenses. Each year we defend hundreds of drivers accused of reckless driving and we are happy to share our experience with you as part of an in person or over-the-phone free consultation.
Our attorney have made defending reckless driving cases their passion. Luke J. Nichols has been defending reckless driving cases his entire career. Mr. Nichols has written many articles and books on Virginia traffic law and is the author of The Virginia Reckless Driving Handbook (3rd edition).
Mr. Nichols has also been trained in the use of police RADAR, LiDAR and speed enforcement according to the NHTSA standards. Mr. Nichols is passionate about the technical and legal defenses associated with reckless driving law.
Garrett D. Green has been practicing law in Fairfax County for over 25 years. He is deservedly well respected by his colleagues and he has personally represented many hundreds of drivers accused of reckless driving in Fairfax County.
If you would like to talk to Mr. Green and Mr. Nichols about your Fairfax County reckless driving case call today to arrange a free consultation. (703) 215-1114.