Jump to Navigation

Reckless Driving

Effective Defense Against Reckless Driving Charges

Fairfax Virginia Traffic Violation Lawyer

At the Law office of Robert T. Dearborn, in Fairfax, Virginia, we have great experience defending clients charged with criminal traffic offenses.

Strict Penalties

Frequently Asked Questions About Traffic Violations

Q: How will a traffic ticket affect my insurance rates?

A: Depending on the type of violation, the number of violations, your state's traffic laws and your insurance company's policies, a traffic violation might result in increased insurance premiums. In general, receiving only one moving violation (such as a speeding ticket or a citation for running a stoplight) in a given time frame (typically three to five years) will not result in an increased insurance premium. However, more than one moving violation or a car accident in which you were at fault in a given time frame may result in an increased insurance premium.

Q: What does it mean that a traffic violation is a strict liability offense?

A: A strict liability offense is an offense for which proof of "criminal intent" is not necessary for conviction. Stated differently, proof that a traffic violation occurred is typically sufficient to convict the violator. Thus, a driver may be fined for turning into the wrong lane even if he or she did so accidentally, parking next to fire hydrant even if he or she did not see the hydrant, or for an expired parking meter even if he or she did not intend let the meter expire.

Among the most common tickets in Virginia are reckless driving and speeding (20 mph over the limit). Reckless driving is a class 1 misdemeanor, which can carry substantial penalties. A conviction on reckless driving charges can mean the suspension of your driver's license, increased insurance rates, jail time and a fine of up to $2,500.

If you're stopped and charged with a serious traffic violation in Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, Arlington and Loudoun counties), engaging a traffic violations attorney who knows the law and the courts is an essential first step to mounting an effective defense. Robert T. Dearborn, based in Fairfax, Virginia, is such a lawyer.

Whether you're a first-time offender or have been arrested before for a serious traffic violation, the help of a skilled traffic violations attorney who knows the law and the courts can make a difference in how you proceed and in the ultimate outcome. Contact the Law Office of Robert T. Dearborn. Phone us at 703-350-4804 or E-mail for free initial half-hour consultation to discuss the specifics of your case.

Out-of-State Drivers

If you are an out-of-state driver who has received a ticket for reckless driving, call attorney Dearborn today. We can discuss your options, including whether to file a Motion to Waive your Appearance, saving you time, money and a trip back to the Northern Virginia area.

Traffic Violations - An Overview

Convictions for traffic offenses can and do result in large fines, loss of driver's license and even jail time. In most states, no particular criminal intent is required in order to convict for minor traffic offenses. This concept is sometimes referred to as "strict liability." The only proof needed is that the person actually committed the prohibited act.

Although an offense may not independently be classified as a misdemeanor or felony, almost every traffic violation becomes a misdemeanor or a felony if it involves injury to a person or to property. Even careful drivers may someday face traffic violation charges. If you or someone you know has been charged with breaking a traffic law, a criminal defense attorney with experience handling traffic violations can explain the procedures and potential penalties to you. The Law Office of Robert T. Dearborn in Fairfax, Virginia, will work with you and fight for the best possible outcome.

Practice Areas
Office Location

Robert T. Dearborn Law Office
10523A West Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Fairfax Law Office Map

Review Us