Dinwiddie County, Virginia — Reckless Driving Criminal Defense Attorney Case Result

Driver was involved in an accident that was not his fault and caused no injury or damage to other vehicles, but the driver was convicted by the General District Court of class 1 misdemeanor Reckless Driving for driving too fast for road conditions.  On appeal to the Circuit Court, the driver’s charge was REDUCED to Defective Equipment.  Unlike Reckless Driving, which is a misdemeanor that carries 6 points on a driver’s record for 11 years, Defective Equipment is a traffic infraction and a non-moving violation that carries no (0) demerit points on a driving record.  The driver’s record was important in this case, as the driver drove for a living, and the driver’s career and livelihood would have been impacted if convicted of a moving violation.


Read more about Reckless Driving for driving too fast for road conditions under the Virginia Code here: § 46.2-853. Driving vehicle which is not under control; faulty brakes (virginia.gov).

Read more about Virginia DMV Six Point Violations here: Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.


Read more about the Defective Equipment Statute under the Virginia Code here: § 46.2-1003. Illegal use of defective and unsafe equipment (virginia.gov).