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I am very sorry to hear about this situation.
Was your boyfriend's license suspended as part of his sentence?
Was he actually convicted of the reckless driving?
Not as far as I know, no. My understanding is that he received the conviction and a small fine.
Did your boyfriend take the case to trial and was found guilty of reckless driving at trial?
The officer that pulled him over had initially planned to arrest him, however, he did not when he found out that my boyfriend was on his way to Asheville to see myself and his baby girl. We have been separated for many months.
No trial, I do not think... Just general court.
Was your boyfriend represented by a local VA attorney in this case?
Yes, he was.
I just looked at both the reckless driving statute in VA and also in PA and they appear to be extremely similar.
Also PA is in agreement to suspend the driver license of a motorist convicted of reckless driving in any other US state.
So, since both PA and VA are members of the Driver License Compact, I am afraid that your boyfriend would be subject to the mandatory suspension.
However, he will be able to apply for a hardship / restricted license, which would only allow him to travel to and from his employment.
How is that possible when he is convicted of reckless driving? Everything I have read states that since there is a conviction he would be ineligible for a restricted license.
He can apply for a hardship license, but it is granted at the discretion of the DMV
Also, your boyfriend will be able to appeal his suspension in the county's court of common pleas and present any arguments or evidence as to why his license should not be suspended in PA.
Of course, he would want to hire a local experienced traffic defense attorney in PA to help him with that.
Does that make sense?
Will this information be transmitted to PA from the clerk of court in Smyth County, VA or do they wait for an outcome of the appeal? I would just like to know how much time he has.
It is generally transmitted within 30-60 days from the time he was found guilty and if the appeal is successful, then another notification will be send by the court and your boyfriend will be able to apply to get his driver license restored, if it does get suspended in the meantime.
He could travel to and from employment, but he drives the truck daily for work so would the limited license cover that or are we just talking strictly to-from transit?
Your b/f will receive an official notice of his suspension and the start date and the suspension will begin, once he turns in his driver license to the PennDOT
Limited license would not cover your b/f being employed as a truck driver or driving for work.
Will he have to turn in his license before or after he appeals PA's decision to suspend?
It is generally only issued to get to a permanent specific place of employment and back.
He would be able to file an appeal, but will have to surrender the license according to the notice from PennDOT, unless the appeal is heard and decided in his favor before the effective suspension date.
In some very rate instances, the court might neglect to report this conviction or PennDOT might overlook taking a suspension on a motorist, even when notified of the conviction, but this is more of an exception and I would not count on it.
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I see. Okay, thank you so much. Your information has been very helpful! I have a better idea of what to expect now. God, Virginia's traffic laws are a whore.
No, I think that's it. Thank you!
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