Originally Posted by DragoonKongol
I got a Reckless Driving ticket in va and im going to change my tires to throw off the speedometer to get me out of the ticket. does nebody no if i should put bigger or small tires to throw my speedometer off. i was going 78 ina 55 i need it to read as 74 or under. thanx in advanced for your help
This is not a legal advice!
My dear friend, the reckless driving ticket has nothing to do, or very little with the speed. Usually, in this case, speeding is just a "prima facie" evidence. Contributive factor but not determinant. Depending on the state you are in, this can be a "misdemeanor"
Most likely, on the issued ticket, LEO wrote other violations like "Unsafe lane change", "Driving over the sholder", "Following to closely", "Driving after drinking (but not drunk)", "Cutting in and out of traffic", and/or other negligent acts.
In Washington state for instance, a such violation of the provision of the paragraf refering to as "Reckless driving" is punishable by imprisonment of not more than one year and by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars.
In Virginia reckless driving are Virginia Criminal Class 1 Misdemeanor charges carrying the possibility of up to one year imprisonment, fines up to $2500 and/or license suspensions.
With some minor differences, you can check your state's legislation, "Reckless Driving" is defined like this:
"Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. Violation of the provisions of this section is a gross misdemeanor"
If you would be to contest, you will have to prove that, beside driving at a legal speed, you didn't commit the offences stipulated in the ticket.
I would say, and I am talking for my own personal experience, you go to see a lawyer. If you have a good defence, or a good defence strategy, then dispute it, if not, you can always introduce a "guilty plea" for a lesser charge. But, unless you don't have all the evidences from the prosecution you wouldn't know that.
If lawyer is not an option, you can check you local library and look for case files of "Reckless Driving", study the defence arguments and see which one applies in you particular case
As far as I am concerned, 2 (won) out of 5, "Reckless Driving" cases are very complex and difficult to win - but with the proper education and preparation, not impossible.
Hope this helps.
Good luck! ( you'll need it my friend)