Defending Reckless Driving Cases in Richmond, Virginia

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As you approach the capital of Virginia from any of the highways surrounding the city, the speed limit invariably drops to 60 or 55 miles per hour. For that reason, many of the reckless driving cases I see in Richmond, involve either individuals traveling 20 miles per hour or more above the speed limit or accident cases. Fortunately, it is often possible to have a case dismissed even when traveling greater than 20 miles per hour above the speed limit. 

The judges and commonwealth's attorneys understand that the speed limit drops as you enter the city limits and are generally pretty good about working with us to have these charges dismissed or at least reduced. The judges sitting in Richmond like to use driving school as a means to have your case dismissed. However, driving school is restricted to those who are within about 22 miles per hour over the speed limit and no previous trips to driving school over the last 5 years. As long as you qualify, it is often possible to have your case completely dismissed upon the completion of the 8-hour in-person defensive driving course and payment of court costs. Additionally, if you do not qualify for the ordinary 8-hour course, the prosecutors in Richmond will frequently allow you to complete a 12-hour Reckless Aggressive Driver Education Program(RADEP) offered through VASAP(Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program) in order to have your case dismissed. Finally, if your case does not qualify for either driving school I can usually convince the court to reduce the charge to a lesser offense so that at the very least we can reduce the number of potential points going on your driving record and for reckless driving cases avoid the class 1 misdemeanor

While the Richmond General District Court is typically very good to work with regarding these traffic cases, there are a few negatives to the Richmond court system. First, if you are local to Richmond most likely you will be required to appear in court. In many other local courts, it would not pose a problem for me to appear for my clients without them having to appear even if they are local. Unfortunately, Richmond is a little more strict in this regard and would typically require the defendant to appear. 

The other negative issue with Richmond is their requirement for in person driving school. As opposed to most other courts, I appear in, Richmond does not allow for online driving school. This can be problematic for out of state residents who may not have an appropriate course available to them in their home state. Of course, I will always have this in mind when representing out of state individuals in Richmond so that we can try to at least have the offense reduced without having to complete driving school. If you have received a traffic violation in Richmond please call myself or another attorney familiar with Richmond before you pay your ticket. I can be reached by email at trey@mattoxlawpc.com or phone at 804-451-6033.