Court in Arlington County for Reckless Driving & Traffic Offenses
If you have been charged with Traffic Offense (excluding DUI) in Arlington County, here are few things you should know before going to court.
Arlington Prosecutors Do Not Get Involved in Traffic Cases!
In Arlington, the there is no assigned traffic prosecutor. This leaves all decisions up the Judge. When your case is called, be prepared to plead guilty or not guilty or no contest. If you plead guilty, the judge may reduce your offense if you have a good driving record and taken a driver improvement course. If you plead not guilty your case will be tried and the judge will determin the outcome.
Driving School is an NOT Option in Arlington County
Reckless Driving is a Criminal Charge, Six Point Offense, and stays on your DMV Record for 11 years
A conviction of reckless driving in Arlington County will be a criminal conviction and will result in you having a criminal record. If convicted, you are ineligible for an expungement. An Arlington County reckless driving conviction stays on your DMV record for 11 years and carries six (6) points. Judges have no control over points. Points in Virginia are assessed administratively by the DMV based on the conviction.
Bring a Lawyer to Court
In Arlington, like any other jurisdiction in Virginia, having counsel with you on the day of court is always beneficial. Lawyers know the court system and the appropriate way to negotiate your case to optimize a reduction or acquittal of a charge. Many times, if the offense is not serious, a lawyer can save you time, money, and a criminal conviction. For example, many people do not realize that in Arlington, a conviction of the no point offense of failure to pay full time and attention could be determined by some authorities to be a misdemeanor due to the fact that a conviction of this offense could result in a ten day jail sentence. In other jurisdictions, this offense is merely a traffic infraction. Avoiding this offense in Arlington is important.
If you can not afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you if you face the possibility of a jail sentence for your charge. Arlington is very firm imposing jail for high speed reckless driving cases.
Restricted Licenses Are Not Automatic If Your License Gets Suspended
In Arlington, a restricted license must be requested from the Court on a special form provided by the Court. However, just because you are prepared to request one, does not mean the judge will grant it. Restricted licenses are very difficult to get in Arlington when you license is suspended for anything other than a DUI.
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