Consequences for Colonial Heights County Speeding Ticket Convictions
The penalties that attach to a speeding ticket in Virginia can be significant. Class 1 misdemeanor traffic convictions can be punishable by fines, penalties against your driver’s license, required continuing drivers’ education classes, and even jail. Other indirect consequences can continue to affect your life for years to come. Penalties can include:
- Fines (beginning at $6 for each mile over the speed limit) and fees
- Court costs
- Suspension or revocation of your Virginia driver’s license
- Moving violation “points” on your driver’s license (accumulating 18 points within 12 months, or 24 points in 24 months, will result in your license being suspended)
- Significant increases in vehicle insurance rates that can last years, or outright 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 Safety Corridor or Work Zone
- Exceeding the Speed Limits for Vehicles Under Special Permits
- Exceeding the Speed Limit on Nonsurface-Treated Highways or Certain Other Highways
- Speeding—Reckless Driving charge
Representation of Out-of-State Clients
We often represent out-of-state drivers who are ticketed for speeding in Colonial Heights County. Many people visit Virginia for leisure or travel through the state for work or school. Local police officers sometimes target drivers with out-of-state plates for expensive speeding citations, especially along Interstate 95 and on the way to Virginia State University. If you reside outside the state, it can be incredibly inconvenient and expensive to get a Virginia speeding ticket or to appear in court to fight it. Unfortunately, if you just pay the ticket, you are technically pleading guilty to the charged offense. In addition to the fines and penalties levied by Virginia, you could face consequences related to your driving privileges in your home state. North Carolina, for example, often suspends its residents’ licenses as a result of Virginia traffic offense convictions. The experienced attorneys at Leavitt & Martin can handle your case on your behalf with minimal inconvenience to you. We’ll even appear in court on your behalf.
Experienced Ticket Defense Attorneys
Did you know that paying a speeding ticket means you are pleading guilty? If you do so, you will lose the right to contest your conviction or the punishment that is issued by the court. A speeding ticket is not an automatic conviction; you have the right to plead your case before the court and explain your circumstances. If you don’t contest your guilt, or if you don’t have quality legal representation, your punishment may not fit the crime. The best way to avoid being burdened with heavy fines or suffering serious long-term consequences it to retain a lawyer who understands the local laws and procedures and will fight for justice.
The experienced traffic ticket attorneys at Leavitt & Martin will defend your rights and help decrease your chance of incurring high fines and other serious penalties. We’ll also help reduce the overwhelming stress and inconvenience of dealing with legal proceedings. We understand the methods and techniques used by law enforcement and can help you protect yourself.
Successful Outcomes and Client Satisfaction
In our many years of experience defending clients accused of speeding in Colonial Heights County, we use many defenses to attempt to get your traffic ticket reduced or dismissed. Some frequently-occurring issues that could be applicable to your case include:
Mistakes by the Issuing Officer (Technicalities)
In Virginia, the law requires that every police department properly calibrate each radar gun every six months. Officers testifying in court about a radar gun reading must be able to present an original, valid calibration certificate, or a certified copy thereof, when asked by a defense attorney. If the officer is unable to comply (because the certificate is missing, expired, or only a photocopy, for example), the testimony can be excluded. Without this evidence, the speeding ticket may be dismissed. Our attorneys have used this defense many times to obtain successful results for our clients.
The Court can dismiss a ticket that is incorrectly or improperly issued (e.g., bearing the wrong date or statutory citation). An incorrectly written date or time can make an officer’s testimony about the date he or she witnessed the alleged wrongdoing confusing or contradictory, supporting a dismissal of charges. A ticket that cites the wrong code section number or written description can make charges improper or nonsensical.
Sometimes, a court may dismiss your case or reduce your charges to a lesser offense if you can prove justification. An emergency situation is sometimes a valid justification for speeding. Explaining to the Court that you were rushing a critically injured passenger to the hospital, for example, may result in a reduction of penalties or even a dismissal of charges.
Improperly Calibrated Speedometer
Although a speeding charge doesn’t depend on your intent, if you can prove at trial that your car’s speedometer was malfunctioning, a court may take it into account when determining your punishment. Depending on the circumstances, a court may reduce the charges or penalties even if it does not fully dismiss the case against you. Our lawyers have employed this defense many times for clients with good results.
Quality Legal Representation
We have reasonable rates for our representation and are happy to offer a free consultation. Our honest, skilled, and easy to talk to defense attorneys will help you contest all kinds of traffic tickets. You can rely on our years of experience in Virginia’s courts to help protect your interests and minimize the penalties. If you have been issued a speeding ticket in Colonial Heights County, the lawyers at Leavitt & Martin will fight for the best possible outcome for your case. Call us directly at 804-873-4004 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.