When a police officer pulls you over to ticket you, the financial penalty in the form of a fine is only one part of the consequences you face. Different traffic offense carries slightly different penalties. There are different fines for speeding depending on the area where you get ticketed and your speed at the time that an officer pulls you over.
There are also a different number of points associated with different Virginia traffic offenses. The more serious an offense is, the more points it will add. Few traffic violations are more serious than reckless driving. After all, reckless driving means intentionally behaving in a way that endangers other people or property.
Not only will you have a criminal record instead of just a ticket to pay after a reckless driving charge, but your license could also be at risk.
Reckless driving will add a high number of points to your license
Every traffic offense in Virginia carries a specific number of points. If you have too many points on your record, the state will suspend your license. Accruing 18 points in 12 months or 24 points in 24 months will lead to the suspension of your license.
A single reckless driving violation will add six points to your license. In other words, just three reckless driving offenses in a year could cost you your license. A reckless driving charge could also be the final offense when you have other tickets on your record, like multiple speeding infractions. Reckless driving allegations will likely also lead to a noticeable increase in your insurance premiums.
Learning about the consequences of reckless driving can help you decide how to handle the consequences of a recent traffic stop.