Over the weekend, my brother was busted by the Virginia highway patrol going 77 in a 55. That's 20+ mph over the speed limit, which is considered reckless driving in Virginia, a class 1 misdemeanor.
Virginia Code § 46.2-862: A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth (i) at a speed of 20 miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit or (ii) in excess of 80 miles per hour regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit.
In Virginia, reckless driving is considered a serious criminal offense. As a class 1 misdemeanor, a conviction will leave you with a permanent criminal record. The penalties for reckless driving in Virginia include:
- Court costs and fines up to $2,500
- Jail time
- Driver's license suspension
- A significant increase in insurance rates
The worst part is that he has a top-secret security clearance and works as a contractor for the federal government. If he's convicted, he will lose his security clearance, his job, and any chance of working with the federal government again.
He's lawyering up right now, and I hope he can get through this. Anyone been in a similar situation? I've had my license suspended in VA before (for getting 3 speeding tickets within a year), but fortunately, I was never going more than 15 mph over, and didn't end up with a criminal record.