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Concerned about the punishment for a Virginia Traffic Code 46.2-862 Charge – Virginia Lawyers

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Greet v. Commonwealth

Facts:

A jury in the Circuit Court of Alexandria County (Virginia) convicted defendant of reckless driving by speed, in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-862. Defendant appealed. Defendant argued that the trial court erred in denying her proposed jury instruction that improper driving, an offense set forth in Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-869, was a lesser-included offense of reckless driving by speed. The appellate court disagreed. Improper driving was not a lesser-included offense of reckless driving by speed. Every commission of reckless driving by speed did not also constitute improper driving. In addition, improper driving was not composed entirely of the elements of reckless driving by speed. Improper driving required an additional finding of slight culpability, an element excluded from § 46.2-862.

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Holdings:

The Virginia Court made the following holding:
  • A reviewing court’s responsibility in reviewing jury instructions is to see that the law has been clearly stated and that the instructions cover all issues which the evidence fairly raises.
  • For a defendant to be found guilty of reckless driving by speed under Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-862, the Commonwealth must prove that the defendant was driving on a highway in the Commonwealth, and was driving (i) at a speed of twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit or (ii) in excess of eighty miles per hour regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit.

Concerned about the punishment for a Virginia Traffic Code 46.2-862 Charge – Attorneys In Virginia

We will do our absolute best to help you get the best result possible based on the facts of your case. Our law firm has the necessary experience to assist you with this matter.

Article written by A Sris
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