Petersburg Criminal Defense Lawyer

Representation for Criminal Offenses and Traffic Tickets in Petersburg, VA

When clients who have pending charges in the City of Petersburg, Virginia come to me looking for legal help or criminal defense representation, I thoroughly look at every detail of their case. I give honest answers regarding my clients’ cases, and then I am there to walk my clients through every step of the process.



I represent clients in Petersburg, Virginia for criminal defense matters including:

Petersburg County Reckless Driving Tickets

The City of Petersburg Police Department utilize various speed traps throughout the two major roadways in the county limits: I-95 and I-85. According to the Code of Virginia 46.2-862, driving either 20 mph over the speed limit, or over 80 mph is considered Reckless Driving in Virginia.

Penalty for Reckless Driving Tickets in Petersburg

Reckless Driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia which can carry up to a year in jail and/or $2500 fine. Realistically, it is very rare for someone to receive that amount of jail time or fine. However, if you are caught going over 90 mph or in excess of 30 mph over the speed limit, you could be facing a short time behind bars.

There are other consequences, besides jail, that can come with a reckless driving conviction: 6 points to your driving record, employment consequences, and increased insurance rates.

With that in mind, it is very important to hire an experienced Petersburg Traffic Attorney to handle your Reckless Driving Ticket.

Defenses to a Reckless Driving Charge

Many people assume that they can easily get their reckless driving dismissed by showing up to court and/or hiring an attorney. Unfortunately, dismissals typically occur in the event of a mistake by the officer writing the ticket or after the completion of driving school when ordered by the judge.

When I am hired to represent a client charged with reckless driving, my first goal is to try for a dismissal. In the event that a dismissal can not be obtained, I can often get the ticket reduced to a lesser charge. A reckless driving charge can usually get reduced to a speeding ticket, which carries less points on your driving record and gets rid of the misdemeanor, or a non-moving violation such as “defective speedometer” which is a non-moving violation carrying no points.

Results are dependent upon my client’s driving history and certain facts of the case such as: the speed they were going and the road conditions.

Reckless Driving Fees

Fees for reckless driving representation can vary depending on the speed you were ticketed for going. The higher the speed, the more work your case will require to get a desirable outcome. My fees are reasonable and I offer a free initial consultation; contact me today for a quote.

The fines/costs that you may receive from Petersburg General District Court is the judge’s decision and also depends on the speed you were going in most cases.

Speeding Tickets and Other Traffic Violations:

Don’t go in to the Petersburg City Courthouse unrepresented! Contact me today to discuss your traffic violation, I can provide you with information pertaining to your charge and discuss possible defenses. I have been successful in Petersburg at getting Speeding Tickets as well as Reckless Driving Tickets reduced to avoid increases in insurance rates.

Virginia Ticket 2Speeding Tickets in Petersburg

Speeding tickets can give you points on your driving record and result in increased insurance rates. Additionally, some states will suspend your driver’s license if you were driving fifteen or more miles over the speed limit. If you hire me to represent you, you may not need to show up in court.

Recently I represented three clients who received a speeding ticket in Virginia. All three charges were either dismissed with traffic school or reduced to a non-moving violation called defective equipment. Defective equipment has no demerit points in Virginia. Please note that case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in your case.

Petersburg Criminal Defense Lawyer

As a Petersburg, Virginia criminal defense attorney, I know the importance of my work to my clients. I will give you the personalized attention that your case deserves. Whether you are charged with Assault and Battery, Possession of Marijuana, Underage Possession of Alcohol, or any other misdemeanors or felonies within the City of Petersburg, I will ensure that you are represented to my fullest capacity.

Affordable Representation

My rates are very reasonable and I offer a free consultation. Contact me today to discuss your options.

Case Results in Petersburg, VA:

Contact a Petersburg Criminal Defense Attorney – 804-873-4004

I offer free initial consultations. Because clients have access to my business cellphone I am available 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Even when I am in court I can answer e-mails and texts. From my office, I take in-person appointments from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. I also take evening and weekend appointments by request. If you need someone on your side to help fight against criminal charges in Petersburg, Virginia, call me at 804-873-4004 or contact my office online to schedule a free initial consultation.

Petersburg General District Court Information

Clerk: Ms. Dana Helm Shannon

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

Phone/Fax: Phone: (804) 733-2374 | Fax: (804) 733-2375

Address: 35 East Tabb Street, Petersburg, Virginia 23803

Judges: Hon. Mayo K. Gravatt, Chief Judge, Hon. Robert Beman Beasley Jr., Hon. Ray P. Lupold III

Continuance Policy: Continuances granted by Judge & Clerk.

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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.



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