Protecting Your Rights
If a driver under the age of 18 gets a reckless driving case they do not go to traffic court, they go to Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (JDR). Juvenile court is very different from adult court. Here are some differences:
- At least one parent or guardian must accompany the juvenile defendant to court.
- The judge has much more flexibility and power regarding how to punish a juvenile and whether to use various probationary programs.
- Juveniles can lose their licenses and be placed on driving probation much easier and much more frequently than an adult.
- JDR court is closed to the public so records and court information is harder to get.
- JDR court takes a lot more time, so prepare to sit in court and wait for a while.
- The JDR judges handle ONLY JDR cases.
More than any other demographic, Juveniles are the most likely to show up to court for a reckless driving charge unprepared. This is because the parents of juvenile drivers do not understand that reckless driving is a criminal offense and because they think they can handle it themselves.
If your son or daughter is charged with reckless driving contact one of our juvenile reckless driving attorney and get a free consultation (703) 215-1114. We can explain possible defenses, likely outcomes, and what you can do to get the best outcome possible.
How Long Does a Reckless Driving Conviction Stay on My Juvenile Record?
If a minor get convicted of reckless driving then they have been convicted of a criminal offense. A reckless driving criminal conviction goes on a juveniles criminal record until they are both 19 years old and more than 5 years has passed since the conviction.
Once the 5 years/19 year-old time limit has passed the juvenile criminal record is destroyed. However, this presents a problem. Even though the record of the reckless driving conviction has been destroyed the actual conviction is not undone.
So if a person gets a reckless driving conviction while they are 17 and twenty years later that same person applies for security clearance and is asked if they have ever been convicted of crime, that 37 year old person still has to answer “Yes” on their application. Destruction of a juvenile record does not change the fact that they were convicted of reckless driving. They still have a legal obligation to be truthful on their application even if some of the records of their conviction have been destroyed.
Talk to a Juvenile Court Reckless Driving Lawyer.
If you or your child have been charged with reckless driving in Juvenile Court call Nichols & Green PLLC to get a free consultation (703) 215-1114. We will be happy to talk to you over the phone or in person and discuss your case in detail. We defend hundreds of reckless driving cases each year and we will be happy to share our experience with you and your child over the phone or in person. Call today for a free consultation (703) 215-1114.