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Old 03-12-2013, 09:18 PM
 
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Hi there, I got pulled over in Virginia for reckless driving(84/55) in 2010. Cop gave me a ticket mentioning that I don't need to appear in the court. However I paid that ticket off. Checked my NY license record couple of time after that incident, its clear till now. The ticket has Code Section : A.46.2-862 Case Type :Misdemeanor. After some research came to know that this code carries six points and criminal record. Funny thing is now I have moved to Virginia due to my consulting work for some company. If I change my license from NY to VA. Does this appear on my record, if yes who can I reduce this?

Appreciate your response.

-neal
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:20 PM
 
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I would consult a lawyer.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Williamsburg Va.
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Reckless is a CRIMINAL offense not traffic, and will remain on your record FOREVER!
DMV points last 2 years, however, they, the cops, your auto insurance, your employer,
any state licensing agency,(contractor,business,reality), Canada, or the courts
may use your conviction against you.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:40 PM
 
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Virginia has the toughest set of driving laws in the USA, or at least one of the toughest. Yes, reckless driving is a misdemeanor aka criminal offense. This is not the case in other states, so that's perhaps why you're confused. Obviously it's not assault or theft or anything outrageous, and it was 3 years ago, so I don't think it would affect you too much outside of car insurance. Just be sure to answer "yes" when asked if you've been convicted of a criminal charge, and explain. Most people know Virginia is tough on traffic laws.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Yorktown, VA
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Default Reckless driving in Va

While technically correct, the officer shouldn't be offering legal advice. I-64 from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach is a very lucrative speed trap with quickly changing speed limits and a population that believes you'll never get pulled if you are "going with the flow". Not true, as my son has found out several times. Favorite target is young men in sharp looking sedans. They just pull in behind the target and light 'em up, while everyone else in the pack breathes a sigh of relief. Back to the officer though - IMHO, a Virginia reckless driving or DUI should always be handled by a lawyer. The penalties in Va are so severe that you will usually come out the other side being very glad you spent the money on the lawyer. And no, I am not a lawyer. Just a Dad who unfortunately has seen the system at work.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:49 AM
 
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Over 80mph stays on your record for 11 years.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:25 PM
 
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Thanks guys! I've transferred my lic from NY to VA. Now it says I have zero "safe driving points". What does this mean? I found that -ve pts are not good,while +ve pts are good.

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Old 03-17-2013, 08:56 PM
 
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You earn 1 good point every year without an infraction. Basically they shield you if you get a ticket. You can earn up to plus 5, so if you have plus 5 and lose 3 to a ticket you're still good. After you lose a certain amount they require an SR-22 or suspend your license depending on other factors.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Williamsburg Va.
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You earn 1 good point every year without an infraction. Basically they shield you if you get a ticket. You can earn up to plus 5, so if you have plus 5 and lose 3 to a ticket you're still good. After you lose a certain amount they require an SR-22 or suspend your license depending on other factors.
To be clear, an SR-22, SR-26, and a FR-44 (Insurance financial responsibility report), is only required after
a license suspension, or revocation. Can you get your license revoked by points alone? Sure, but you would have be one of the states worst drivers, I believe it's around 16 points in a 2 year period.

"DMV demerit points remain on your record for two years from the date that you commit the offense.
The dates that demerit points are removed from your driving record are not related to the dates
that convictions are removed from your record."

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

"DMV has reviewed and approved the computer-based programs. Upon successful completion of the on-line course, you may be eligible to receive up to five safe driving points. Although the course can be
taken on-line, the final exam must be taken at a centralized test site. A list of test sites is
located on the web site of each course provider."
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