Quality Legal Representation
Our rates for legal representation are reasonable and transparent, and we offer a free consultation to evaluate your situation. Our honest and friendly defense attorneys are able to help you contest all kinds of Virginia traffic tickets. We have years of experience in many of Virginia’s local courts, including Prince George County, which allows us to confidently protect your interests and help minimize the penalties. If you have been issued a speeding ticket in Prince George County, the lawyers at Leavitt & Martin will work with you to get the best possible outcome. Call us directly at 804-873-4004 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.
Consequences for Prince George County Speeding Ticket Conviction
The penalties for speeding in Virginia can be significant, both financially and practically. In addition to the initial fines and penalties, the secondary effects can negatively affect your life for many years. Many Virginia traffic violations are Class 1 misdemeanors, punishable by fines, penalties against your driving privileges, required continuing drivers’ education classes, and even jail time. These possible penalties include:
- Fines (beginning at $6 for each mile you exceed the speed limit)
- Significant court fees and/or costs
- Suspension or revocation of your Virginia driver’s license
- “Points” on your Virginia driver’s license, which can lead to suspension or revocation (if you accumulate enough points within specified time periods)
- Mandatory driver improvement classes
A traffic conviction can also cause significant increases in your vehicle insurance rates that may last years or result in difficulty obtaining coverage. It could also put other professional licensing or certifications at risk, not only costing initially but damaging your ability to earn a living.
There are a wide variety of different types and categories of Virginia state speeding charges, including:
- Speeding—Reckless Driving
- Speeding on bridges, tunnels, and/or interstates
- Speeding in a highway safety corridor or work zone
- Exceeding the applicable speed limit by 15 mph or more
- Exceeding the speed limit for vehicles under special permits
- Exceeding the speed limit on non-surface treated highways or certain other highways
Experienced Speeding Ticket Defense Attorneys
If you pay a speeding ticket without contesting it in court, whether by phone, mail, or online, you are pleading guilty to the offense as ticketed! This means you give up the right to challenge your citation and defend yourself in court. The speeding ticket itself is not a conviction! You have the right to appear in court and plead your case. Explaining the facts surrounding a ticket may convince the court to reduce the charges or possibly dismiss them entirely. Having skilled, respected legal representation at a hearing increases your chances of obtaining a favorable result (reduced penalties or even a complete dismissal). The best way to avoid getting saddled with high fines, points on your license, and other significant penalties is to retain a lawyer who understands the intricacies of the local laws to advocate on your behalf.
The experienced, knowledgeable traffic ticket attorneys at Leavitt & Martin will help you understand the potential consequences of the charges you’re facing and work with you to pursue the best defensive strategy. We will argue for reduced fines and minimal penalties and help you through the stress and frustration of dealing with the court system. We understand the strategies, methods, and techniques used by law enforcement officers, court officials, and prosecutors and will use our experience to your advantage.
Successful Outcomes & Client Satisfaction
Mistakes by the Ticketing Officer (Technicalities)
- Radar Gun Calibration Issues
Virginia law requires that all police departments properly calibrate each radar gun every six months and be able to present proof thereof. If an officer testifies in court about a radar gun reading, the law requires he or she be able to present an original or certified copy of the current calibration certificate for the instrument. If the officer is unable to comply with this requirement upon request (i.e., if the certificate is invalid, out of date, or an uncertified copy), his or her testimony about the radar gun reading may be excluded. Since most speeding tickets are based on radar gun evidence, its exclusion often results in a dismissal of the charges. We have successfully used this defense many times.
A ticket that has a material error on it may be grounds for dismissal. This is because a mistake can make an officer’s testimony contradictory or confusing. For example, if the ticket has the wrong date, the issuing officer’s testimony about when he or she witnessed the alleged violation would contradict the citation. A ticket that cites the wrong code section number or states the wrong violation description could also make the charges impossible to pursue (e.g., an incorrect code number could refer to a law completely unrelated to traffic codes). Mistakes such as these can also result in a complete dismissal of the charges.
Emergency Situations as Justification
Sometimes, if you can prove your violation was justified by an emergency situation, a court may choose to reduce the charges to a lesser offense or dismiss the case against you entirely. This is very rare, but certain extenuating circumstances can sometimes be a justification for speeding. If you explain to the court that you were rushing a critically injured passenger to the hospital to save his or her life, for example, the court may reduce your charges, issue a lighter sentence, or dismiss the charges.
Improperly Calibrated Speedometer or Defective Equipment
You can be found guilty of speeding if the evidence demonstrates that you were exceeding the applicable limits, regardless of your intentions. However, if you can prove that your car’s speedometer or other equipment was malfunctioning—i.e., that you didn’t mean to speed—the court may take this into account when it determines the appropriate penalties. It may reduce the charges to a lesser offense, lower the penalties, or possibly even dismiss the charges. The experienced traffic ticket lawyers at Leavitt & Martin have successfully used this defense for clients in the past.
Representation of Out-Of-State Clients
Our attorneys frequently represent out-of-state drivers ticketed for speeding in Prince George County. Local sheriff’s deputies and state law enforcement officers have a reputation for targeting drivers with out-of-state plates for speeding citations, especially around Fort Lee. If you reside outside the state or are on active military duty, contesting a speeding ticket in Prince George County can be inconvenient, frustrating, and expensive—if not impossible. Although it can be easier to just pay the ticket, this means you are pleading guilty to the charged offense. You must then accept whatever penalties the court determines are appropriate (which may be high fines, multiple license points, or even jail time), with no opportunity to contest or speak on your own behalf. In addition to Virginia fines and penalties, getting a speeding ticket in Prince George County could cause you to face consequences in your own state. North Carolina, for example, can suspend a resident’s drivers’ license if he or she is convicted of a Virginia traffic offense conviction. The Leavitt & Martin attorneys can appear in Prince George County court on your behalf and protect your interests, allowing you to get on with your life without worrying about the legal proceedings. In many circumstances, you may not have to appear in court at all!