Common Reckless Driving Mistakes and Defenses

If you have been accused of reckless driving in Virginia, the following are the mistakes you should avoid according to Virginia reckless driving lawyer Matthew Crowley. To discuss your case call today and schedule a free consultation.

What Are Some Of The Most Common Mistakes You See Individuals Make In Reckless Driving Cases?

The most common mistake that individuals make in reckless driving cases is speaking to the police and answering questions about what happened. The police are trained in investigative techniques in order to assist them in determining what has happened in a particular case. For example, in a typical reckless speeding case, an officer will ask how fast do you think you were going, or why you think they stopped you, or why you were in such a hurry. This in turn is when individuals often give incriminating answers to these questions.

Similarly in a reckless accident case, frequently the police will ask how the accident occurred or whether they were distracted in the moment’s leading up to the accident. Again, individuals often give answers to these questions that are incriminating. What people should keep in mind is that in these scenarios they do not have an obligation to answer any of the police’s questions beyond identifying themselves and providing a proper ID.

What Are Some Of The Most Common Defense Strategies You Use In Fighting Reckless Driving Cases?

Some of the most common defense strategies used in defending a reckless speeding case will involve determining the factual situation under which the speed reading was taken from the radar device. In other words, is it possible that the police are mistaken as to which vehicle they hit with their radar beam? I’m always looking to determine whether the radar equipment was properly calibrated as required by law and whether the proper certificates are brought to court as required by law. In the absence of a good defense, there are a number of specific steps which can be taken to help the charge be reduced.

When it comes to a general reckless driving case, often involving an accident, I’m looking to see if there are any statements that have been made by the defendant at the time of the charge or subsequently. In addition, I’m looking to see whether there is any physical evidence surrounding the accident itself on the roadway as well as the conditions of that day. Finally, I’m also looking to see if there are any statements that have been made by witnesses.

What Are The Top Three Things You Offer To Clients Facing Reckless Driving Charges in Culpeper County?

The top three things that I offer to clients facing reckless driving charges in Culpeper County are number one, experience. I have been doing criminal charges in Culpeper County for my entire career and there simply is no substitute for experience.

The second thing that I offer to clients in Culpeper County is individual focus and individual attention to the client. The case that they are faced with is the most important and most serious thing perhaps that they have faced in their life. And I treat every case just as though it’s that important to me as well. I spend my waking hours and sometimes my sleeping hours worrying about exactly these kinds of cases.

And then, the final thing that I offer to individuals in Culpeper County reckless driving cases is competitive pricing and the willingness to work with individuals. I like practicing in Culpeper County, I like helping individuals with their reckless driving charges, and I am always willing to work with folks so that I can help them and they can have the benefit of my services.