Reckless Driving in Virginia a Criminal Offense?

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Reckless Driving in Virginia a Criminal Offense?

Postby texasfrog » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:28 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm a new resident of TX and I'm getting ready to apply for my LTC. Quick question, I received a "reckless driving" misdemeanor in 2007 in Virginia for speeding 82mph in a 55mph zone. For those that don't know, if you speed more than 20 mph over the limit in Virginia, it's an automatic "reckless driving" misdemeanor (pretty harsh in my opinion). Since I'm military and wasn't stationed in Virginia at the time, I had to pay a lawyer to show up in court for me. I was convicted and had to pay a $242 fee. I received no jail time, no arrest, no probation.

On my LTC application there is a question "Have you ever been arrested or charged with a crime?" Should I put yes? I have never had a problem with this 2007 reckless driving charge, even with a secret clearance with the military. I don't know if my reckless driving charge is considered a "criminal offense."

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Reckless Driving in Virginia a Criminal Offense?

Postby Keith B » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:43 pm

Welcome to the forum. :tiphat:

Reckless driving in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which is equivalent to a Class A in Texas. You will need to list it on your application, and get a certified copy of the disposition of the charge from the county in Virginia in which the offense occurred.

That said, because it was in 2007, it is more than 5 years ago, so you should be OK to go in this case
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Re: Reckless Driving in Virginia a Criminal Offense?

Postby imkopaka » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:44 pm

If Virginia considered it a misdemeanor, I would personally put "yes" and see what happens. Not every crime prevents you from getting a license, but if you put "no" and they consider that misdemeanor sufficient to have marked "yes," they could deny your application for lying on the form. But IANAL.
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Re: Reckless Driving in Virginia a Criminal Offense?

Postby texasfrog » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:01 pm

Keith B wrote:Welcome to the forum. :tiphat:

Reckless driving in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which is equivalent to a Class A in Texas. You will need to list it on your application, and get a certified copy of the disposition of the charge from the county in Virginia in which the offense occurred.

That said, because it was in 2007, it is more than 5 years ago, so you should be OK to go in this case


Ok, thanks for the info. Luckily I still have some copies of the disposition since I've had to list this misdemeanor multiple times for other applications. It's still absurd to me that a speeding ticket in Virginia is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor. I've never remotely been in trouble with the law or the military other than this reckless driving charge. Hope it's good enough for an LTC.

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Re: Reckless Driving in Virginia a Criminal Offense?

Postby spectre » Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:27 pm

texasfrog wrote:
Keith B wrote:Welcome to the forum. :tiphat:

Reckless driving in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which is equivalent to a Class A in Texas. You will need to list it on your application, and get a certified copy of the disposition of the charge from the county in Virginia in which the offense occurred.

That said, because it was in 2007, it is more than 5 years ago, so you should be OK to go in this case


Ok, thanks for the info. Luckily I still have some copies of the disposition since I've had to list this misdemeanor multiple times for other applications. It's still absurd to me that a speeding ticket in Virginia is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor. I've never remotely been in trouble with the law or the military other than this reckless driving charge. Hope it's good enough for an LTC.

It's absurd to me that a LTC carrying concealed while voting is a criminal offense. The same for carrying at a professional sporting event. Both are less dangerous to the public than somebody driving 25 MPH faster than the posted limit.

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Re: Reckless Driving in Virginia a Criminal Offense?

Postby couzin » Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:18 pm

texasfrog wrote: ...It's still absurd to me that a speeding ticket in Virginia is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor.

It is not just a 'speeding' ticket - that kind of behavior gets people killed. You own it!
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