The short answer is “Yes,” a conviction for reckless driving in Virginia will show up on a background check.

Under Virginia law, reckless driving is a crime. It is more than a speeding ticket. If you are pulled over going 20 mph over the speed limit, or above 80 mph regardless of the speed limit, you can be found guilty of a crime – reckless driving – that is considered a Class 1 Misdemeanor. It carriers a penalty of up to twelve (12) months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.

Let’s say you get charged with reckless driving and the court refuses to reduce it. The judge may convict you of the full charge of reckless driving, and find you guilty. As a criminal conviction, there is a likelihood that the reckless driving conviction will show up on a criminal background check if you ever apply for school or a job.

So what can be done? A reckless driving lawyer for a Virginia reckless driving ticket can help you fight your charge. The attorney will review the facts and circumstances and prepare a defense. You may be eligible for a dismissed or reduced charge, such as a speeding ticket, so that reckless driving never shows up on your background check.

If you need help fighting a reckless driving charge in District Court, contact a Virginia lawyer for more information.