I'm an international student studying in the U.S. What will happen to me if I'm convicted of reckless driving?

Published: 01/14/2020

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As an international student, it's important to be very aware of the consequences of a reckless driving conviction. Although a reckless driving charge is a serious matter for any young person, it can present special immigration concerns for international students.

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Penalties for Reckless Driving

In Virginia, reckless driving is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor criminal offense. Penalties include:
  •     Maximum fine of up to $2,500
  •     Potential jail time of up to 12 months
  •     Driver's license suspension of 10 days to six months.
  •     Six demerit points added to your driving record

Implications for International Students

If you are studying in the U.S. on an F-1 or M-1 student visa, you must maintain compliance with the conditions under which your visa was issued in order to legally remain in the country. Other potential issues of concern include:
  •     You may not be allowed to leave the country until your case is resolved, which could complicate travel plans to visit friends and family.
  •     Your arrest will be entered into NCIC (National Crime Information Center) database. This might cause delays in your ability to reenter the country if you return home for a visit, leaving you to potentially miss important class time. 
  •     If your reckless driving charge involves other offenses that result in you being expelled from school, you're automatically in violation of your visa.
  •     You will be required to acknowledge your arrest record when you apply for renewal of your visa or a green card.
  •     If you are nearing graduation and wish to work in the U.S., your arrest may make it more difficult to pass a pre-employment background check.

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