Consequences for Dinwiddie County Speeding Ticket Conviction
The penalties for speeding in Virginia can be significant and their effects can linger for many years. Class 1 misdemeanor traffic convictions may be punishable by imposing fines, penalties against your driving rights, required additional drivers’ education classes, and even jail time. Some of these consequences can continue to affect your life for years. Penalties can include:
- Fines (beginning at $6 for each mile over the speed limit)
- Court fees and costs
- Suspension or even permanent revocation of your Virginia driver’s license
- Moving violation “points” on your driver’s license, which can accumulate and lead to suspension (if you obtain 18 points within 12 months, or 24 points in 24 months)
- Significant increases in auto and other vehicle insurance rates that can last years, or possible outright denial of coverage
- Compulsory continuing/additional driver’s education classes
There are many different types and categories of speeding charges in Virginia, including:
- Speeding in a Highway Safety Corridor or Work Zone
- Speeding on Bridges, Tunnels, and Interstates
- Exceeding the Speed Limits for Vehicles Under Special Permits
- Exceeding the Speed Limit on Nonsurface Treated Highways or Certain Other Highways
- Speeding—Reckless Driving
Representation of Out-of-State Clients
Our attorneys often represent out-of-state drivers ticketed for speeding in Dinwiddie County. Local police officers have a reputation for targeting drivers with out-of-state plates for expensive speeding citations, especially along Interstate 85. If you reside outside the state, it can be inconvenient, frustrating, and expensive to appear in court to fight a Virginia speeding ticket. Unfortunately, paying the ticket means you plead guilty to the charged offense and have no recourse against whatever penalties are levied against you. In addition to Virginia fines and penalties, a speeding ticket in Dinwiddie County could cause you to face consequences to your driving privileges in your home state. If you have a driver’s license in North Carolina, for example, you could face suspension as a result of a Virginia traffic offense conviction. Call the experienced attorneys at Leavitt & Martin to handle your case. We’ll appear in court on your behalf and represent your interests with minimal inconvenience to you.
Experienced Speeding Ticket Defense Attorneys
You may not know that sending in payment for a speeding ticket means you are pleading guilty! If you do, you lose the right to contest your citation or argue your case before the court. The speeding ticket itself is not an automatic conviction! You have the right to appear in court, plead your case, and explain any extenuating circumstances. Appearing to contest a ticket may help reduce your sentence or even dismiss the ticket entirely. If you don’t contest your citation, or if you don’t have quality legal representation, the punishment issued by the court may not fit the crime! The best way to avoid being saddled with heavy fines or suffering other serious long-term consequences as a result of a simple speeding ticket is 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 argue for reduced fines and minimal penalties. We’ll be your advocate through the stress and inconvenience of dealing with legal proceedings and help you understand the process. We are familiar with the methods and techniques used by law enforcement and can help advocate for you in the intimidating court system.
Successful Outcomes and Client Satisfaction
In our many years of experience defending clients facing speeding charges in Dinwiddie County, we have used many defenses to argue that traffic tickets should be reduced or dismissed. Some frequently-occurring issues that could be applicable to your defense include:
Mistakes by the Ticketing Officer:
Virginia law requires that every police department properly calibrate each radar gun every six months. If an officer testifies in court about a radar gun reading, he or she must be able to present, an original, valid calibration certificate or a certified copy thereof. If the officer is unable to comply when asked by a defense attorney (because the certificate is expired, missing, or only a photocopy), the testimony about the radar gun reading can be excluded. Without this evidence, the speeding ticket may be dismissed for lack of evidence. Our attorneys have used this defense frequently to obtain successful results for our clients.
The Court can dismiss a ticket that is incorrectly or improperly issued (for example, one that has the wrong date or statutory citation number/name). A mistaken date or time on the ticket can make an officer’s testimony about the date he or she witnessed the alleged wrongdoing confusing or contradictory. A ticket that cites the wrong code section number or written violation description can make the charges improper or nonsensical. Either of these problems can support a dismissal of the charges.
Emergency Situation as Justification
Sometimes, the court may reduce your charges to a lesser offense or dismiss your case entirely if you can prove justification. One thing that may sometimes be a valid justification for speeding is an emergency situation. If you explain to the Court that you were rushing a critically injured passenger to the hospital, for example, this may result in a reduction of your penalties or even a dismissal of charges.
Improperly Calibrated Speedometer
Technically, a speeding charge doesn’t depend on your intent; that is, even if you don’t mean to speed, you may still be accountable. However, if you can prove at trial that your car’s speedometer was malfunctioning, the court may take this into account when determining your punishment. Depending on the circumstances, the court may reduce the charges or penalties for your ticket even if it does not fully dismiss the case against you. The lawyers at Leavitt & Martin have employed this defense when it is appropriate for clients with good results.
Quality Legal Representation
Our rates are reasonable and we are happy to offer a free consultation to help you evaluate your situation. Our honest, skilled, and personable defense attorneys will help you contest all kinds of traffic tickets. Our years of experience in Virginia’s courts allow us to confidently protect your interests and minimize the penalties. If you have been issued a speeding ticket in Dinwiddie County, the lawyers at Leavitt & Martin will fight for the best possible outcome. Call us directly at 804-873-4004 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.