2nd Jun 2012
A Virginia Reckless Driving ticket can be reduced to a lower non criminal offense (traffic infraction). At the conclusion of a trial, based on all the evidence a judge can decide to reduce the charge, or a Prosecutor, Trooper or Officer may be willing to plea deal and reduce the charge. A reckless driving charge based on speed can be reduced to regular speeding, improper driving or defective equipment and which are all non-criminal traffic offenses (traffic infractions). Reckless Driving, general, 46.2-852; and other Reckless Drivng charges not necessary involving speed can be reduced to improper drivng or other traffic infractions.
The best reduction would be to defective equipment which is a non-moving traffic infraction and there are no points assigned, however, judges tend to be reluctant to reduce a reckless driving to such a minor infraction and a client’s best chances for a reduction to defective equipment requires a calibration showing a substantial defect.