If you’ve recently been charged with reckless driving in Fairfax City, please be sure that you double check your summons or arrest. Fairfax City and Fairfax County are separate, have different clerks, and different rules and regulations on how matters might proceed in court. Since fighting and defending reckless driving charges differ between the two jurisdictions, there may be some things you should consider.
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Fairfax City allows for a reckless driver improvement course. Whether you’re looking to mitigate some of the consequences of a reckless driving charge or you’ve been ordered by a court to attend, Fairfax City has a 12-hour reckless/aggressive driving education program. This course includes eight (8) hours of driver improvement and four (4) hours of education specific to your offense. If you have not been ordered by the court to attend this class, you can receive up to five (5) safe driving points. Safe driving points offset the impact of demerit driving points on your Virginia driver’s license. However, it’s important to consult an experienced attorney before enrolling in the reckless driver improvement program. In some cases this could hurt you depending on the judge presiding over your case and you could face other penalties as well.
Similarly to Fairfax County, you will not be eligible for a court-appointed attorney or public defender unless your reckless driving charge includes jail time. If the prosecution is pursuing jail time for your reckless driving offense, you might be offered a court-appointed attorney or public defender to handle your case. If you are, you should also consider hiring outside counsel who will diligently defend you. An experienced defense attorney has typically served as a public defender or court-appointed attorney at some point in time. He or she also works in these courts every day and has the knowledge necessary to help you avoid severe consequences of your alleged offense.
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10455 Armstrong Street
City Hall Annex Room 101
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
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Fairfax City General District Court is located south of I-66 in the same building as Fairfax City Hall.
The Fairfax County General District Court’s Clerk is Mr. Kevin W. Bailey. He can be reached at (703) 385-7866. The Commonwealth’s Attorney serving both Fairfax County and Fairfax City is Raymond F. Morrogh.
Reckless driving cases are heard on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Room 100 of City Hall. All cases in general district courts are heard by a judge, not a jury.
If your court date is coming up soon and you have not yet hired your defense attorney or you’re still debating what to do, you should call the court to file a continuance request. This will reassign your court date.
If you are considering pre-paying your fine, please note that reckless driving cannot be pre-paid due to the nature of the offense.