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Protecting Your Driving Privileges After You Receive A Traffic Violation

At MacDowell Law Group, P.C., we strive to minimize the impact a traffic violation has on your driving privileges. Our attorneys assist Northern Virginia drivers who have been charged with reckless driving or driving with a suspended license.

Reckless Driving

In Virginia, speeding may be charged as either reckless or nonreckless driving. A reckless driving conviction will remain on your record for 11 years, while a nonreckless conviction will remain on your record for five years. This distinction can be important.

There are over a dozen types of reckless driving statutes in Virginia: reckless speed, reckless general, reckless control and reckless racing are the more commonly charged types. Reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia, meaning a conviction is a criminal conviction, and the judge may impose up to 12 months jail, and/or a $2,500 fine. And, you may lose your license for six months or more.

Driving With A Suspended Or Revoked License

A conviction for driving on a suspended or revoked license will result in serious mandatory penalties. That is why it is critical to have experienced legal counsel in your corner. At the law firm of MacDowell Law Group, P.C., our Fairfax suspended license defense attorneys know how to provide effective defenses against these types of charges.

Pre-Paying A Traffic Infraction Is An Automatic Conviction For A Moving Violation

If you choose to merely pay your fine, you will be admitting guilt, which is reflected on your record. The court must report the moving violation to the DMV. Subsequent tickets will make the judge and prosecution be less lenient in any future charges you may face. That is why getting legal help from the Fairfax County reckless driving defense attorneys at MacDowell Law Group, P.C., is so important.

Taking Aggressive Action To Limit DMV Points

Traffic tickets, drunk driving convictions or any other type of moving violation can all add points to your driving record and may eventually result in a driver’s license suspension. Various traffic offense convictions will result in an assignment of -6, -4 or -3 points to your driving record. Our lawyers will gladly review with you DMV’s administrative demerit points program and bring us your DMV record (driving history), and our traffic lawyers can more precisely answer your questions and concerns.

Insurance companies may use this information to determine how high your insurance rates will be, and the accumulation of too many points can cause you to lose your license altogether. Our attorneys can help you avoid license suspension through a positive result in court.

Representing Yourself In Court Is Risky. Contact Our Lawyers For Advice.

Whether you need help applying for a restricted driver’s license or want to challenge a speeding ticket in court, we are ready and qualified to advocate for you. Reach our Fairfax office online or over the phone at 571-748-5647. We offer FREE initial consultations in traffic violation cases.