Brunswick County Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Ticket Attorney 

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Brunswick is famous for more than just their fantastic stew; unfortunately, Brunswick County is also rather famous for its incredibly strict enforcement of traffic violations.  If you have received a traffic violation in Brunswick, Virginia it is important to speak with an attorney who is familiar with the judge, officers, and prosecutors in order to properly guide you through the sometimes-complicated legal system.  Brunswick has become notorious for their enforcement of traffic violations along US Route 58 and Interstate 85. 

Interstate 85 runs through Brunswick County just north of the North Carolina border.  Both Brunswick deputies and Virginia State Police officers patrol this section of Interstate 85 heavily.  Alternatively, when traveling route 58 it is likely you will run into one of the town of Lawrenceville’s finest. Mattox Law represents individuals charged with traffic crimes and infraction throughout Brunswick County including Alberta, Gasburg, Lawrenceville, Warfield, Wyche, Brodnax, Ebony, and White Plains.

DUI Representation

A conviction for a DUI in Virginia carries very extreme consequences and can often lead to time in jail.  Similar to reckless driving, a first offense DUI is a class 1 misdemeanor which has a maximum $2,500 fine, 12 month license suspension, and 12 months jail sentence.  Additionally, there are mandatory minimum sentences which must be enforced by the judge upon conviction of an elevated DUI.  A DUI can become elevated due to the defendants blood alcohol content and previous DUI convictions.  There are too many scenarios to list here, but I would invite you to contact me so that we can discuss your case and whether any of these factors would apply to your case.

Trey analyzes each case with extreme care in order to bring to light any possible defenses which can be used in trial.  This careful analysis can become important not only at trail but also during negotiations with the prosecutor.  There are often questionable situations in a DUI case which may not be significant enough to lead to a dismissal but can be used as leverage for a better plea agreement.  It is extremely important to contact an attorney who is willing to spend the time to go over every detail in order to get the best possible result for your case. 

Defending Speeding Cases

Speeding charges in Virginia can vary significantly depending on the nature of the offense.  The most severe cases are often charged as reckless driving by speed, which elevates the offense from a simple traffic infraction to a class 1 misdemeanor.  Although speeding is an infraction rather than a misdemeanor, a conviction can still carry very serious consequences.  A speeding conviction can lead to points on your driving record, license suspension, high fines, and increased insurance rates.

Trey Mattox has represented hundreds of individuals charged with speeding offenses and has an outstanding record of having those charges reduced or dismissed.  Trey regularly saves Mattox Law clients hundreds of dollars in fines and insurance premiums as well as helping to preserve driving privileges.  Trey is intimately familiar with Virginia speeding laws and what is required of the officer ensuring that all possible legal strategies are pursued.

What is Reckless Driving?

There are many varieties of reckless driving  in Virginia, but the most prevalent is Virginia Code § 46.2-862 Exceeding speed limit.  This statute defines reckless driving as:

A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth (i) at a speed of twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit or (ii) in excess of eighty miles per hour regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit.

The speed limit on Interstate 85 through the entirety of Brunswick County is 70 miles per hour.  Therefore, according to the statute going as little as 11 miles per hour over the speed limit can result in a conviction for reckless driving.  However, in I also see a fair number of traditional reckless driving tickets, 20 miles per hour or more over the speed limit, from those traveling on 58. 

The Reckless Driving Statutes

There are 14 different variations of reckless driving in Virginia.  The following is a list of the various reckless driving statutes:

·      § 46.2-852 Reckless driving; general rule

·      § 46.2-853 Driving vehicle which is not under control; faulty brakes.

·      § 46.2-854. Passing on or at the crest of a grade or on a curve.

·      § 46.2-855. Driving with driver's view obstructed or control impaired.

·      § 46.2-856. Passing two vehicles abreast.

·      § 46.2-857. Driving two abreast in a single lane.

·      § 46.2-858. Passing at a railroad grade crossing.

·      § 46.2-859. Passing a stopped school bus; prima facie evidence.

·      § 46.2-860. Failing to give proper signals.

·      § 46.2-861. Driving too fast for highway and traffic conditions.

·      § 46.2-862. Exceeding speed limit.

·      § 46.2-863. Failure to yield right-of-way.

·      § 46.2-864. Reckless driving on parking lots, etc.

·      § 46.2-865. Racing; penalty.

Classification and Penalties

Virginia Code § 46.2-868 dictates that reckless driving is a class 1 misdemeanor and therefore carries extremely serious consequences.  In Virginia, a Class 1 misdemeanor is the most serious category of misdemeanors and falls just one step short of a felony.  Specifically, as a Class 1 misdemeanor, reckless driving carries a maximum one year in jail, $2500 fine, and 6 month license suspension.  Additionally,  there are many secondary consequences such as points on your driving record, license suspensions due to accumulation of points, increased insurance premiums, and failed criminal background checks.

Brunswick General District Court 

Fortunately, the judge in Brunswick is typically good about working with individuals faced with a traffic related charges, and I am frequently able to negotiate a reduction.  However, this judge is very particular with what he requires for a reduction.  It is extremely important to speak with an attorney who is familiar with Brunswick and how the judge handles his docket.

It is also important to retain counsel who has established very good working relationships with the Brunswick Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.  The Commonwealth’s Attorney or prosecutor does not typically get involved in Reckless Driving or Speeding charges; however, for more serious offenses such as Driving on a Suspended LicenseDUI, or Possession of Marijuana, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office plays a prominent role.  It is extremely important to choose an attorney who is very familiar with the Commonwealth’s Attorney prosecuting your case.

There are several tasks that I frequently have my clients complete prior to their scheduled court date in order to ensure the best possible outcome.  Alternatively, the judge in Brunswick will often have additional requirements before he is willing to reduce your charge.   This judge requires each of these items to be presented in the proper form.  Failure to follow every requirement can result in a conviction.  When looking for an attorney to represent you please be careful to speak with someone who is knowledgeable of the judge’s rules.  Below please find links to blog articles describing some of the mitigation evidence I use to defend my clients.  Please give me an email me at trey@mattoxlawpc.com or call at (804)-451-6033 for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Brunswick traffic case.

  • Speedometer Calibration - Speedometer calibrations are often the single most important piece of evidence I present while defending reckless driving cases.  It is extremely important to have your vehicle properly calibrated in order to ensure that it is admissible in court and can be as beneficial as possible to the outcome of your case.
  • Driving SchoolCompletion of a defensive driving course can be very valuable to the defense of a reckless driving charge.  Often completing the course prior to your scheduled court date can be a useful tool to get the best possible outcome for your case.  You must also be careful you choose the correct driving school for your individual case.  Driving courses can range in length from six hours up to twelve hours.
  • Community ServiceCommunity service can be a powerful piece of mitigation evidence used to help get the best possible result in court.  In some cases a judge will order the defendant to complete community service as a requirement for a reduction of the charged offense.  On other occasions, I will advise my clients to complete community service hours proactively in order to present the best case possible.

 If you have been pulled over in Brunswick County please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.  I offer free consultations and am available by phone (804) 451-6033 or email trey@mattoxlawpc.com

Brunswick General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts
6th Judicial District of Virginia

Clerk
Ms Susan Evans Martin

 Phone/Fax
Phone: (434) 848-2315
Fax: (434) 848-2550

Clerk's Office Hours
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Address
Albertis S. Harrison Jr. Courthouse
202 North Main Street
Lawrenceville, VA 23868-1808

General District Judges

  • Hon. C. Ridley Bain, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Stephen D. Bloom, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Bruce A. Clark Jr.
  • Hon. H. Lee Townsend III

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