Street racing has been part of popular culture for decades. From local clubs that organize late-night races in big cities to frequent depictions in popular movies, street racing remains a visible part of American life. However, it is highly illegal.
Many people who race might think that the worst penalty would be a speeding ticket if they get caught. However, under Virginia law, you could actually face a criminal charge instead.
Reckless driving is a misdemeanor offense
Unlike speeding tickets, which are civil infractions, reckless driving is a misdemeanor crime. It will give you a criminal record if you plead guilty in addition to adding points to your license. A reckless driving charge on your record could also increase your car insurance premiums substantially.
Racing on the public streets is one of several definitions that Virginia uses for reckless driving. If a police officer suspects you of racing, they could arrest you and charge you with a reckless driving offense. Thankfully, there are often ways to defend against reckless driving charges related to alleged street racing.
How do you fight allegations of racing?
There are many possible defenses available, from providing an alibi to challenging an officer’s interpretation of events. If there isn’t conclusive proof that you intended to race, you could challenge the allegation that you intended to race. Sometimes, people simply turn onto the wrong street at the wrong time. Other times, police officers make assumptions based on the kind of vehicle they drive or the way they decorate that vehicle.
Fighting back against reckless driving charges can help you protect your license and avoid a criminal record.