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Traffic Offenses

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The Commonwealth of Virginia continues to aggressively monitor our highways to reduce traffic violations and accidents. If you are charged with a serious traffic offense, failure to proactively defend yourself can cost you in many ways:

  • Increased insurance rates
  • Fines and court fees
  • Limit employment options
  • Driving School
  • Community Service
  • Suspension of your driver’s license
  • Jail Time
  • Probation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Reckless Driving?

Although a misdemeanor offense, reckless driving is considered a more serious crime than many other misdemeanors. It is defined as,”a person who drives a vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving”

Some common examples of reckless driving include:

  • Driving your vehicle at an extremely fast speed and well over the speed limit
  • Cutting off drivers
  • Swerving between lanes
  • Running stop lights or stop signs
  • Failing to stop at pedestrian walkways
  • Driving closely to another vehicle in order to intimidate another driver
  • Tailgating (following too closely)
  • Driving in the opposing lane
  • Driving dangerously fast based on weather or traffic conditions.

Can I be convicted of a DWI driving another vehicle?

Yes, you may get a DWI for driving a boat, a golf cart, or even a riding lawn mower as examples.

Is it possible to get driving privileges if your license is suspended?

Yes, you can apply for an occupational license. An occupational license can be used for going to school, work and other essential household needs. You can drive with the license up to 12 hours a day, with a limit of 60 hours per week.

T. Wayne Williams

Written By T. Wayne Williams

Mr. Williams is a native of the Eastern Shore and a 25-year resident of the Hampton roads area. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and law degree from Regent University.