Thank you for your follow-up. If you took a drving clas 15 years ago, you are still eligible to plea down and request that in lieu of your potential points (or at least some of them). The reason I asked for a time period is because generally using the driving class to lower points and fines is not done with every ticket, just once every 5-7 years depending on jurisdiction.
However in Virginia a reckless driving ticket is very serious. It is considered to be a class 1 misdemeanor. That’s a criminal offense, and it carries, a potential fine of $2,500, up to six points on your license, and even a possible license suspension of up to 6 months and a jail sentence of up to 12 months. This is why retaining counsel in your situation is most wise. While you can offer a plea, doing so via an attorney would be far likelier to be accepted, and consequently far less likely that your license will be suspended or you will be convicted of a criminal offense.
This is the law that governs:
� 46.2-862. Exceeding speed limit.
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth (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.
(Code 1950, �� 46-209, 46-209.1; 1950, p. 880; 1952, c. 671; 1954, cc. 225, 401, 458; 1958, c. 541, � 46.1-190; 1960, c. 510; 1964, c. 266; 1966, c. 694; 1968, c. 575; 1970, c. 521; 1974, cc. 222, 455; 1975, c. 633; 1978, c. 27; 1979, c. 86; 1981, cc. 333, 585; 1985, c. 148; 1989, c. 727; 1992, c. 608; 2006, c. 301.)
It also does not hurt in your situation to enroll in a driver education class even before you go to the hearing. But you may want to seriously consider counsel.