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Reckless driving is a moving traffic violation that, if convicted, will generally result in a misdemeanor charge. However, in some states such as Virginia, driving reckless is a felony charge.

What Is Recklessness?

Recklessness involves:

  • The defendant’s intent to commit the criminal act
  • The defendant’s knowing that such acts would cause a risk of harm to others and property
  • A risk of harm that can be proven as unreasonable and more than a negligent action
  • The defendant having reason to know or actually knows other people are in harm’s way

For instance, a driver decides to drag race a friend. At the time of the race, there are people walking around. The driver knows that drag racing could cause harm to property or people. He knows he is being negligent because road rules do not permit drivers to drag race. However, he does it anyway. This shows a disregard for human life. 

What Is Reckless Driving?

Driving recklessly involves operating a vehicle without regard for property or life. Types of reckless driving include:

  • Speeding
  • Driving in a reckless manner during terrible weather conditions
  • Illegal passing
  • Ignoring traffic signals and signs
  • Racing other cars
  • Trick riding
  • Fleeing from police
  • Tailgating

How Does Reckless Driving Charge Increase to a Felony?

In some states, a reckless driving charge increases to a felony when a person’s reckless driving causes serious injury or death to another person. In Virginia, the reckless driving charge becomes a felony if a driver does not have a valid driving license at the time of his arrest.

What Is Aggressive Driving vs. Reckless Driving?

Aggressive driving involves operating a motor vehicle in a way that will likely put property or people in danger. Driving recklessly is operating a motor vehicle in a way that will property and people in danger.

Should I Contact an Attorney about My Felony Reckless Driving Charge?

A felony reckless driving charge may result in more than a year in prison and a fine. It is highly recommended that you contact a criminal attorney to discuss your reckless driving charge. Your attorney will help you determine how to proceed with your case.

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Last Modified: 10-28-2015 10:19 AM PDT

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