If you're charged with a reckless driving in Virginia, you are probably wondering whether or not you should take a driver improvement course prior to trial. And the answer depends on your particular case and your driving record.
If you are facing a reckless driving charge that involves serious allegations of high-speed or immediate danger to property life or property, then you should consider taking a driver improvement course before court. Often times these courses teach valuable skills and can demonstrate to the prosecutor and the court that you are taking your charge seriously.
Additionally, if you have a bad driving record, you may want to consider taking a driver improvement course prior to trial. In Virginia, the best driving record that you can have is +5 points. When taking a driver improvement course, you are awarded five (5) points on your driving record. Therefore if prior to court your record is either zero (0) or in the negative points, it is you in your best interest to take a driver improvement course. That way, you will demonstrate to the court that you're taking your charge seriously and not burn points by taking the course if you have positive points.
Keep in mind, taking a driver improvement course does not absolving you from the charge. However it is one of many efforts that you can take prior to court to show how seriously you are treating your charge.
For more information about driver improvement courses in Virginia, or additional steps you can take prior to your court date for reckless driving, feel free to call James Abrenio for your free consultation.