Consequences of a Chesterfield County Speeding Conviction
The penalties for a speeding ticket in Virginia can be significant. Class 1 misdemeanor convictions can be punishable by fines, license penalties, or even jail. Other collateral consequences can affect your life for years to come. Penalties can include:
- Fines (including $6 for each mile over the speed limit)
- Court fees and costs
- Suspension or revocation of your Virginia driver’s license
- Moving violation points on your driver’s license (incurring 18 points within 12 months, or 24 points in 24 months, will result in a suspension)
- Significant increases in vehicle insurance rates for years to come, or denial of coverage
- Compulsory driver’s education classes
There are many different types and categories of speeding charges in Virginia, including:
- Speeding on Bridges, Tunnels, and Interstates
- Speeding in a Highway Work Zone
- Speeding in a Highway Safety Corridor
- Exceeding the Speed Limits for Vehicles Under Special Permits
- Exceeding the Speed Limit on Non-surface – Treated Highways
- Exceeding the Speed Limit on Certain Other Highways
- Speeding—Reckless Driving charge
Representation of Out-of-State Clients
We often represent out-of-state residents who are ticketed for speeding in Chesterfield County. Since so many people visit Virginia for leisure or travel through the state along the east coast corridor, local police officers sometimes target out-of-state drivers for expensive speeding citations. In Chesterfield County, areas near Interstate 95 are prime locations for police to pull over out-of-state drivers. If you live outside the state, it can be incredibly inconvenient and expensive to get a ticket in Virginia – especially if it requires you to appear in court. Unfortunately, if you pay the ticket rather than contesting it, you are technically pleading guilty to a low-level offense. This may cause you to face consequences related to your driving privileges in your home state, in addition to the fines and penalties levied by Virginia. For example, North Carolina frequently suspends its residents’ licenses based on Virginia traffic offenses. Retain our experienced attorneys to handle your case, including appearing in court on your behalf, so that you can return home safely.
Experienced Ticket Defense Attorneys
A speeding ticket can seem routine or trivial — it’s not an automatic conviction — but paying it means you are pleading guilty automatically! If you plead guilty by paying the ticket or are found guilty in court, the punishment may not fit the crime. Retaining a lawyer who understands the local laws and procedures is the best way to avoid being saddled with heavy fines or serious long-term consequences.
The experienced attorneys at Leavitt & Martin will defend your rights and help decrease your chance of incurring high fines, serious penalties, and the overwhelming stress and inconvenience of dealing with legal proceedings. We know the laws and the community, and we understand the speed detection methods and techniques used by law enforcement.
Successful Outcomes and Client Satisfaction
In our years of experience defending clients accused of speeding in Chesterfield County, and guiding them through traffic court proceedings, we use many defenses. Some frequent issues that arise could be applicable to your case and may help us get your traffic ticket reduced or dismissed.
Mistakes by the Police Officer (Technicalities)
Virginia law requires police departments to properly calibrate each radar gun every six months. Officers testifying in court about a radar gun reading must present an original or a certified copy of a valid certificate of calibration upon request by a defense attorney or the reading will not be admissible. If the officer is unable to comply (because the certificate is expired, missing, or only a photocopy, for example), the reading can be excluded and the speeding ticket dismissed. We have used this defense many times to obtain favorable client results.
If a ticket has errors, the Court may dismiss it. For example, the ticket may state the wrong date of the alleged offense. Since 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 written on the citation the judge can dismiss the case. Sometimes, a ticket cites the wrong code section number or written description, which would make the charges improper and justify a dismissal.
A court may dismiss your case or reduce your charges to a lesser offense if you can prove you were speeding because of an emergency situation. If you were rushing a passenger to the hospital with a medical emergency, for example, this defense may successfully reduce your penalties or even result in a dismissal of charges.
Improperly Calibrated Speedometer
If you can prove at trial that your car’s speedometer was malfunctioning, it can show that you didn’t intend to speed. Depending on the circumstances, a court may reduce your fines and charges even if it does not fully dismiss the charges. Our lawyers have employed this defense successfully for clients.
Quality Legal Representation
We have reasonable rates and are happy to offer a free consultation. We are honest, skilled, and transparent defense attorneys for all kinds of traffic tickets and have years of experience in Virginia’s courts. If you have been issued a speeding ticket in Chesterfield County, the lawyers at Leavitt & Martin will protect your interests. We will fight for the best possible outcome for your case, whether it’s a reduction or complete dismissal of your charges. Call us directly at 804-873-4004 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.