If you are charged with reckless driving in Fairfax County or another Virginia jurisdiction, your first court date will likely be in the General District Court. Virginia courts are organized into several levels.
The General District Court is the initial court for most misdemeanor offenses in Virginia, including reckless driving cases. The General District Court is often called a “court of no record” because there are typically no court reporters present to document the proceedings. Trials in the General District Court are all “bench” trials, which means the case is heard and decided by a single judge. Jury trials are not available in the General District Court.
If you are not happy with the result of your reckless driving case in the Fairfax County General District Court, you have the automatic right to appeal that case the the Circuit Court. An appeal to the Circuit court is “de novo,” which means the case starts over as if the previous trial had never happened. You have the opportunity to try your case to a judge or to a jury at this stage. The results in the Circuit Court can typcially only be appealed if there were legal errors during the trial.
If you have already had your court date in the Fairfax County General District Court and you are not satisfied with the results, it is imperative to consult with a Fairfax reckless driving lawyer as soon as possible about an appeal to the Circuit Court.Google+