Can I really go to jail for a year for a reckless driving conviction?

If you're not from Virginia, you'll likely be surprised to learn that reckless driving is a Class I Misdemeanor with a potential year in jail. However, keep in mind, that the year in jail is a MAXIMUM potential sentence. For most cases (at least in my practice) reckless driving convictions do not include active jail sentences. However, if you’re reckless driving is particularly aggravated then you must prepare for the penitential jail.

Aggravated cases include very high-speed or driving behavior that is particularly dangerous. While there is no hard and fast rule, when you exceed 90 miles an hour then the prosecutor may be looking to put you in jail. Again this is not a hard and fast rule and jail could be possible at lower speed. But this is a good starting point.

Additionally in cases where life or property were in immediate danger, the prosecutor may seek to put a person in jail for punishment.  “Road rage,” cases are also particularly concerning for prosecutors.

Should you your family or friends be facing a reckless driving charge in Virginia, is necessary to consult with attorney to discuss the facts of your case. Feel free to give James Abrenio a call for more information and your FREE CONSULTATION.

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