Brunswick County – Background on Speeding Tickets

Virginia is one of the worst places in the US to get a speeding ticket. The commonwealth’s laws are routinely and heavily enforced statewide, including Brunswick County, and because Interstate 85 and Route 58 run through the county, police heavily patrol the area and routinely issue speeding tickets.

Experienced Speeding Ticket Defense

If a police officer issues you a speeding ticket, it doesn’t mean you’re guilty. And even if you were driving over the speed limit, the punishment may not fit the crime. To avoid serious consequences, you must have legal representation locally.

Leavitt & Martin will help you defend your rights and decrease your chances of maximum points, high fines, and overwhelming stress. We have deep expertise defending clients accused of speeding in Brunswick County, guiding them through traffic court proceedings, and we understand speed detection.



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We recently engaged the services for Dan Leavitt when my son received a speeding ticket in Brunswick County. Since in the Commonwealth of Virginia, any speeding charge over 80 mph is classified as a misdemeanor reckless driving charge, we thought it would be wise to hire legal counsel to guide us through the process. Mr. Leavitt was extremely responsive and explained how the legal proceedings would work from beginning to end. After our court date, he also took time to explain the outcome and also made sure he answered any questions we had. We were very satisfied with the outcome and would not hesitate to recommend him or use him in the future.
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Potential Consequences for Brunswick County Speeding Ticket Conviction

Speeding tickets in Virginia can be serious, with convictions for Class 1 misdemeanors, jail time, and high fines. Penalties are severe and can include the following:

  • Fines up to $500 and court fees
  • Possible license suspension
  • Moving violation points on your Virginia or out of state license (accruing points in a short period of time frequently results in a license suspension)
  • Insurance rate increase
  • Mandatory driver training (in some cases)
  • Employment Consequences

There are many types of speeding ticket charges in Virginia. You should seek representation if charged with any of these variations:

  • Speeding (Reckless Driving charge)
  • Speeding
  • Speeding on Bridges, Tunnels, and Interstates
  • Speeding in a Highway Work Zone(hit and run)
  • Speeding within Highway Safety Corridor
  • Exceeding Speed Limits for Vehicles Under Special Permits
  • Exceeding Speed Limit on Nonsurface Treated Highways
  • Exceeding Speed Limit on Certain Other Highways

Representation of Out-of-State Clients

We often take cases for out-of-state residents who have received speeding tickets in Brunswick County. Virginia officers are known for stopping out-of-state drivers and issuing expensive speeding citations. Getting a ticket in Virginia when you live anywhere else is painfully inconvenient. In some cases, the ticket may require you to appear in court. You may even face consequences in your home state. For example, North Carolina frequently suspends licenses based on Virginia traffic offenses. If you think it’s easier just to pay the ticket and be done, remember you are technically pleading guilty to a low-level offense. In many cases we can represent you in your absence so you do not need to appear in court. You can often contest your ticket from the comfort of your home state.

Quality Representation

We have reasonable rates for the level of service we provide, and we are pleased to offer a free consultation. We are transparent, honest, and skilled defenders. If you have been issued a speeding ticket in Brunswick County, Leavitt & Martin will look after your best interests. We have extensive experience representing clients in Virginia courts, and whether it’s a reduction or an outright dismissal, we will fight for the best possible outcome. Call us directly at 804-873-4004 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.

Successful Outcomes & Client Satisfaction

Here are three examples of defenses we use to try to obtain successful outcomes

  • Mistakes by the Police Officer (Technicalities)
  • Radar Gun Issues

    In Virginia, police are required to calibrate radar guns every six months. If a radar gun isn’t calibrated properly, then its reading won’t be admissible during trial, at which the officer must also present an original or a true copy of the certificate of calibration if requested by the defense attorney. So, if at trial, an officer has an expired calibration certificate, or only a photocopy, or simply doesn’t have the certificate, this defense can be successful. Some attorneys do not know how to successfully argue this defense, but we have used it many times for favorable client results.

    Erorrs on the Ticket

    Tickets have been dismissed due to errors in the content of the summons. For example, a wrong offense date on the ticket can result in a dismissal, or officers sometimes write the wrong code section or description, both of which can result in dismissal because an improper charge cannot be tried. During a trial, an officer is required to testify about the time he witnessed the alleged reckless driving, and if a defendant can prove that she was not present in the specified area during the time or at the place on the citation, the judge can dismiss the case.

  • Emergency Situations

    If it is possible to prove you were speeding as a direct result of an emergency situation, you may be able to have your case dismissed. For example, if you were rushing someone to the hospital when an officer pulled you over, your charge may be dropped.

  • Improperly Calibrated Speedometer

    Though this defense does not always result in a full dismissal, it can often lead to reduced fines or charges. If you can prove at trial that your speedometer was faulty, it shows the speeding was unintentional. We have employed this defense successfully.


See All Results

    Reckless driving ticket (88 in a 70) reduced to speeding.

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    Leavitt & Martin gets ticket reduced from a reckless driving charge to a non-moving violation.

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Clerk: Ms. Susan Evans Martin

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

Phone: (434) 848-2315 Fax: (434) 848-2550

Address: Albertis S. Harrison Jr. Courthouse 202 North Main Street Lawrenceville, VA 23868-1808

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

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

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