Emporia VA Reckless Driving Tickets

Virginia has one of the strictest reckless driving laws in the U.S., and in Emporia, VA these laws are routinely and heavily enforced. Interstate 95 and Route 58 run through Emporia, making it a prime patrol area for law enforcement agencies from the city of Emporia, Greensville County, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Emporia has been known for its speed traps on I-95 and Route 58 for at least a decade. In Virginia, drivers can be convicted of reckless driving for (a) going 20 mph or more over the limit, or (b) going over 80 miles per hour regardless of the speed limit. On I-95 in Emporia, the posted speed limit is 70 mph, meaning that you could be charged with reckless driving for going only 11 miles per hour over the speed limit. In addition, out of state drivers frequently face an automatic license suspension.

Don’t Let a Reckless Driving or Speeding Ticket Impact You

Emporia VA reckless driving

Emporia VA speeding ticket

Emporia VA reckless driving is a misdemeanor and results in a permanent criminal record if you get convicted. It can impact your insurance (they can drop you from coverage, or double or triple your rates), it can impact your job (security clearance, background check), it can impact your life in ways you could not expect even years later.

Speeding tickets can also have a serious impact on insurance. You don’t have to get convicted of reckless driving or speeding in Emporia. Call Leavitt & Martin today for a free consultation.

Steps to Solve Your Reckless Driving Problem

First you need to know what you are looking at. This means considering the following:

  • did you get your ticket in Emporia, or Greensville
    • two different judges
  • what speed did they say you were going
  • how many tickets will show up on your driving record
    • are the tickets recent
    • are the tickets serious
      • even some non moving violations will be treated as prior speeding tickets
    • how many tickets are there
  • were you polite with the officer
  • are there any other considerations such as
    • you are a student
    • military/security clearance, etc.

Second, once you know the nature of the case you need to come up with a plan to position the case the best way it can be BEFORE court. It is better to be proactive for several reasons:

  1. the judges appreciate someone who treats the case seriously
  2. being proactive saves administrative work for the clerks and the court
  3. it sends the right message, you only get one chance to make a first impression

At Leavitt & Martin, we can go over your case with you to determine the best way to proceed. We can answer all of your questions about your Emporia, VA reckless driving charge.

Emporia, VA Reckless Driving Cost

Attorney fees vary greatly. At Leavitt & Martin, we provide specialized traffic representation. In addition, we personally handle our cases in court. We try to provide rates based on the expected amount of time your case will take. We charge flat rate fees, so we never bill you more. Call today for a free consultation. We can consult with you about your case, and provide you with the cost for representation in Emporia, VA.

Recent Results Emporia Speeding and Reckless Driving



Featured Review

This guy is the real deal! Unfortunately I've had my fair share of speeding tickets over the years. I've ALWAYS gotten an attorney instead of just pleading guilty. I've never had an interaction like the one I had with Dan. He contacted me back from my original request for information within minutes, on a Saturday night of all times. He told me what I could expect (which was more than satisfactory) and before the end of the night I had already lined him up to represent me. He did exactly what he said he would do, got the result he said he expected to get and I couldn't be any happier. Getting a good lawyer is one thing, but getting a good lawyer that won't make you communicate through the firm's paralegal is just a rarity anymore. My 80/70 was reduced to a non-moving violation. Extremely pleased!!!
Published: 10/02/2018
Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Consequences For Emporia VA Reckless Driving Convictions

Reckless driving in Emporia Virginia is a Class 1 criminal misdemeanor. Penalties are severe and can include the following.

    Emporia VA reckless driving lawyer

  • Jail time of up to one year
  • Fine of up to $2,500
  • License suspension
  • Six moving violation points on your license for up to 11 years
  • Insurance rate increase, insurance premiums go up
  • Employment consequences
  • Permanent criminal record that never goes away and can never be expunged

There are many types of reckless driving charges in Virginia. We are Emporia VA reckless driving attorneys. We are experienced Virginia traffic lawyers. Seek representation for your ticket in Emporia from experienced Emporia traffic lawyers. If you are charged with reckless driving, or if your ticket has “RD” written on it.

  • Failure to maintain control resulting in a car wreck or accident
  • Passing on a grade or on a curve
  • View obstructed / control impaired
  • Passing two vehicles abreast
  • Driving two abreast in a single lane
  • Passing at a railroad grade crossing
  • Failing to give proper signals
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Failure to yield
  • Racing; aiders or abettors; seizure of motor vehicle
  • Aggressive driving

High Rates of Success and Client Satisfaction for Emporia VA Reckless Driving

We obtain successful results for clients. Recently, we were able to reduce charges and penalties for a client accused of reckless driving in Emporia for going 97 mph in a 70 mph zone. A conviction for driving at this speed usually means a short stint in jail or license suspension, depending on certain factors. We were able to help our client avoid jail time and license suspension, in addition to getting the charge lowered from a Class 1 misdemeanor to an improper driving infraction, which is not a misdemeanor and carries less driving record points than a reckless driving conviction.

Experienced Reckless Driving Defense

Prepaying a reckless driving ticket is pleading guilty to a criminal offense. Criminal charges like Virginia reckless driving are not traffic tickets. To avoid serious consequences, you will need local legal help. Leavitt & Martin will help defend your rights and decrease your chances of maximum points, high fines, and overwhelming stress.
We have significant experience with reckless driving charges in Emporia, and are familiar with the ins-and-outs of local traffic courts. For instance, if you’re charged with reckless driving, you will not need to show up in court if you were driving less than 90 mph in most cases once you retain us. This is one example of a local practice that only an experienced, local firm like Leavitt & Martin would know.

Greensville County Virginia and Emporia share the same court building, but there are two different judges. If you have a speeding charge while driving in Emporia VA you need to contact experienced Emporia traffic attorneys. It can be confusing to determine if your traffic offense was in Greensville County Virginia or Emporia VA since they SHARE the same building. As experienced Emporia traffic lawyers we can tell you what court your case is in and guide you through the process.

We Represent Out of State Clients

We often take cases for out-of-state residents charged with reckless driving in Emporia. Consequences for out-of-state residents for reckless driving are often more severe. We have represented numerous out-of-state residents who prepaid reckless driving charges thinking it was a simple speeding ticket. Then when their home state suspended their license (many states automatically suspend the license for any conviction of reckless driving) they contact us. At that point it may be too late to help, and even if we can help fees tend to be higher as representation is more complicated.

Even in states that do not suspend the license automatically for reckless driving (and we have seen that happen in Connecticut, Georgia, D.C, Michigan, and other states) a conviction for reckless driving leaves you with a permanent criminal record that never goes away and can never be expunged. We understand the severity of the charges and will do everything possible to help you get the best outcome possible.

Quality Representation

Our rates are reasonable and we offer a free consultation. We are transparent, honest, and skilled defenders. If you have been charged with reckless driving in Emporia, we are here to help you find the best possible outcome. Call us directly at 804-873-4004 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.


See All Results
  • 94 in a 70 Reckless Driving Ticket Reduced to a non moving violation, no points, in Emporia, Virginia

    We successfully got our client's reckless driving charge reduced to a non moving violation that has no points in Emporia.

    Read More
  • 80 in a 55 Reckless Driving Reduced to defective equipment, no points, in Emporia, Virginia traffic court.

    Leavitt & Martin successfully represented over 12 clients in traffic court in Emporia.

    Read More
  • 78 mph in 55 Speeding Reckless Driving Reduced with No Points in Emporia, Virginia traffic court.

    Our client walked away with no points, and no insurance issues or employment issues as a result of our successful representation.

    Read More

Emporia General District Court Information:

Clerk: Ms. Sandra Andleton Ligon

Clerks Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Phone/Fax: Phone: (434) 634-5400 Fax: (434) 634-0049

Address: 315 South Main Street Emporia, Virginia 23847

Judges: Hon. Stephen D. Bloom, Chief Judge, Hon. C. Ridley Bain, Hon. Bruce A. Clark Jr., Hon. H. Lee Townsend III

Continuance Policy: First continuance granted by Clerk; subsequent continuances granted by Judge.

Contact Us

Contact Leavitt & Martin, PLLC. • Free Initial Consultations

Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but you can call anytime, 24 hours a day, and we can often make weekend and evening appointments available.



116-B Walton Park Ln.
Midlothian, VA 23114


312 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Call for an Appointment

Connect with Us