Contesting a Speeding Ticket in Amelia County

Virginia has been called one of the worst places in the US to get a speeding ticket. Law enforcement routinely and heavily enforces the commonwealth’s laws across the state, including in Amelia County. Police heavily patrol Highway 360 in particular and issue numerous speeding tickets along its route through the county, especially on stretches where speed limits drop sharply and suddenly.

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Consequences for Amelia County Reckless Driving Conviction

The penalties for speeding tickets in Virginia can be severe. Class 1 misdemeanor convictions can be punishable by jail time, high fines, or other collateral consequences. Penalties can include:

  • Fines (including $6 for each mile over the speed limit)
  • Court fees
  • Suspension of your Virginia driver’s license
  • Moving violation points on your driver’s license that can accumulate and lead to suspension (18 points in 12 months, or 24 in 24 months, will result in a suspension)
  • Increase in vehicle insurance rates
  • Compulsory driver continuing education

There are many different types of speeding charges in Virginia, including:

  • Speeding
  • Speeding on Bridges, Tunnels, and Interstates
  • Speeding in a Highway Work Zone
  • Speeding in a Highway Safety Corridor
  • Exceeding Speed Limits for Vehicles Under Special Permits
  • Exceeding Speed Limit on Non-surface Treated Highways
  • Exceeding Speed Limit on Certain Other Highways
  • Speeding—Reckless Driving charge

Experienced Speeding Ticket Defense Attorneys

Although a speeding ticket can seem routine, it’s not an automatic conviction. Even if you were driving over the speed limit, if you plead guilty either in court or by just paying the ticket the punishment may not fit the crime. To avoid serious long-term consequences, you must have legal representation from a lawyer who understands the local laws and procedures.

Leavitt & Martin will defend your rights and help decrease your chance of getting stuck with maximum license points, high fines, and overwhelming stress. We understand the speed detection methods and techniques used by law enforcement. We have years of experience defending clients accused of speeding in Amelia County and guiding them through traffic court proceedings.

Representation of Out-of-State Clients

We often represent out-of-state residents who receive speeding tickets in Amelia County. Virginia police officers are known to stop out-of-state drivers and issue expensive speeding citations. In Amelia County, Route 288 leads to a State penitentiary and is a prime location for police to pull over out-of-state drivers. If you live outside the state, it can be painfully inconvenient to get a ticket in Virginia – especially if it requires you to appear in court. If you think it’s easier just to pay the ticket rather than contesting it, bear in mind that this means you are technically pleading guilty to a low-level offense. You may even face consequences to your driving privileges in your home state. For example, North Carolina frequently suspends licenses based on Virginia traffic offenses. Trust our skilled attorneys to handle your case, including your court appearance, while you stay comfortably in your home state.

Successful Outcomes and Client Satisfactions

One of these common defenses may be applicable to your traffic case and may help us get your ticket reduced or dismissed:

Mistakes by the Police Officer (Technicalities)

  • Radar Gun Issues

In Virginia, the law requires that police calibrate radar guns every six months. If a radar gun isn’t calibrated regularly and properly, its reading won’t be admissible during trial. Officers testifying in court must present an original or certified copy of a valid certificate of calibration if requested by a defense attorney. If the officer is unable to do so (because the certificate is expired, missing, or only a photocopy, for example), this defense can be successful. We have used this defense many times and obtained favorable client results.

  • Errors on the Ticket

If a ticket has errors in the contents of the summons, the Court may dismiss it. For example, the ticket may have the wrong offense date. During a trial, an officer is required to testify about the date he or she witnessed the alleged wrongdoing; if a defendant can prove that he or she was not present in the specified area during the time of the citation, the judge can dismiss the case. Or, the ticket might cite the wrong code section or description, which would make the charges improper and result in a dismissal.

Emergency Situations

If you can prove you were speeding because of a justified emergency situation, the court could dismiss your case. For example, if you were rushing your pregnant wife to the emergency room, a judge may reduce the charges to a lesser offense or dismiss them completely.

Improperly Calibrated Speedometer

If you can prove at trial that your speedometer was faulty, it can show that you didn’t intend to speed. Depending on the circumstances, this defense can often lead to reduced fines and charges even if it doesn’t result in a full dismissal. We have employed this defense successfully.

Quality Legal Representation

We are transparent, honest, and skilled defense attorneys. If you have been issued a speeding ticket in Amelia County, Leavitt & Martin will protect your interests. We have extensive experience representing clients in Virginia courts, and we will fight for the best possible outcome, whether it’s a reduction or an outright dismissal of your charges. Call us directly at 804-873-4004 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.

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