Representation for Speeding Tickets and Other Traffic Violations in Richmond, Virginia
I am an experienced Virginia Traffic Attorney who practices in Richmond, Virginia. I frequently handle criminal charges and traffic violations including (but not limited to):
- Speeding Tickets
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Reckless Driving Tickets
- No License Charges
- DWI/DUI Charges
Speeding Tickets in the City of Richmond
According to statistics gathered from the Virginia Court Website’s database, nearly half of the tickets written in the City of Richmond in recent months were for speeding.
Every year, the City of Richmond Police Deparment and the Virginia State Police write hundreds of Speeding Tickets under Code of Virginia section 46.2-870 which states:
“§ 46.2-870. Maximum speed limits generally.
Except as otherwise provided in this article, the maximum speed limit shall be 55 miles per hour on interstate highways or other limited access highways with divided roadways, nonlimited access highways having four or more lanes, and all state primary highways.
The maximum speed limit on all other highways shall be 55 miles per hour if the vehicle is a passenger motor vehicle, bus, pickup or panel truck, or a motorcycle…
Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, the maximum speed limit shall be 70 miles per hour where indicated by lawfully placed signs, erected subsequent to a traffic engineering study and analysis of available and appropriate accident and law-enforcement data, on: (i) interstate highways, (ii) multilane, divided, limited access highways, and (iii) high-occupancy vehicle lanes if such lanes are physically separated from regular travel lanes. The maximum speed limit shall be 60 miles per hour where indicated by lawfully placed signs, erected subsequent to a traffic engineering study and analysis of available and appropriate accident and law-enforcement data, on U.S. Route 29, U.S. Route 58, U.S. Route 360, U.S. Route 460…”
Consequences of Prepaying a Speeding Ticket
If you prepay a Speeding Ticket in Virginia, you are pleading guilty and waiving your appearance in court. The consequences of a speeding ticket conviction include:
- Increased insurance rates
- Possible license suspension for out of state conviction (e.g. North Carolina)
- Points on your driving record (3 – 4 in Virginia depending on speed)
- Employment consequences if your job involves driving
Speeding Ticket Representation
I am an experienced traffic attorney who frequently handles speeding tickets. I have been very successful at getting speeding tickets reduced or dismissed in Virginia.
Reduced Speeding Tickets
Depending on your driving record, most judges will reduce your speeding ticket to a lesser charge if you hire a lawyer to fight your ticket. In many cases, speeding tickets are eligible to be amended to a non-moving violation which carries no points on your driving record. In some cases, the judge will only reduce tickets upon completion of driving school.
Getting your ticket dismissed
Dismissals are rare but they do occur. In most cases, a dismissal is the result of an error made by the officer who wrote the ticket or upon completion of driving school.
Examples of an “error by the officer” are: pulling over the wrong car, writing down the wrong offense date or location on the ticket, and having an expired radar calibration.
Speeding ticket fines/costs in Virginia
Unless a speeding ticket is dismissed, the judge will usually assess a fine; there will also be court costs.
Fines can range anywhere from $0-250. Usually, it falls in the middle of that range (i.e. around $125) depending on the speed. If you prepay your ticket, the fine will be $6 for every mph over the speed limit.
Court costs in Richmond General District Court are $61 regardless of whether or not you appear in court.
My fee for representation in Richmond Traffic Court is very reasonable. I offer a free initial consultation. Contact me as soon as possible for more information.
Underage Possession of Alcohol in Richmond at VCU or University of Richmond
We represent college students all the time from VCU and the University of Richmond who get underage possession of alcohol charges. The campus police really enforce rules on campus regarding underage possession of alcohol at VCU and the University of Richmond.
If you are charged with this, it is a class 1 misdemeanor. If convicted, you will have a permanent criminal record. We can help you get this dismissed in most cases. Recently we went to court for two VCU students and we got both charges dismissed.
Call today for a free consultation to see what we may be able to do in your case.
Reckless Driving Tickets in Richmond, Virginia
Penalty for Reckless Driving Tickets in Richmond, Virginia
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 Richmond Traffic Attorney to handle your Reckless Driving Ticket.
Defenses to a Reckless Driving Charge
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.
Contact a Richmond Traffic and Criminal Defense Attorney if you have a pending charge the city of Richmond, VA including:
- Speeding ticket
- Driving on a Suspended license
- Reckless Driving
- Driving w/out a license
- Expired Registration
- Assault and Battery
- Fail to obey a highway sign
contact me as soon as possible. I will give you a free consultation and quote you a reasonable fee for my representation. You can also reach me on my personal cell phone at (804) 873-4004.