Caroline County Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Ticket Attorney

Mattox Law is ready to help guide you through complicated legal process with knowledgeable representation for your Caroline traffic offense.  I handle a variety of traffic related offenses including Driving on a Suspended License, DUI, Reckless Driving, Speeding, and possession of marijuana.  Mattox Law routinely represents clients who are accused of committing traffic crimes and infractions throughout Caroline County including Lake Land'Or, Port Royal, Bowling Green, Lake Caroline, Ruther Glen, and surrounding areas.

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 12 month license suspension, 12 months jail sentence, and $2,500 fine.  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 license suspension, points on your driving record, 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.

Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving is one of the primary offenses I see in Caroline.  The severity of this offense comes as quite a surprise to many of my clients.  The most prevalent reckless driving statute 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.

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 $2500 fine, one year in jail, and 6 month license suspension.  Additionally,  there are many secondary consequences such as increased insurance premiums, points on your driving record, license suspensions due to accumulation of points, and failed criminal background checks.

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.

Expected Outcomes

Each traffic case is unique and carries individual issues leading to a variety of results. The biggest factor effecting the outcome of a case of course is the original allegation. Certainly, we expect far different outcomes for DUI’s offenses as compared to speeding offenses. However, there are many other factors involved with every traffic case. One of the most important factors the court will take into consideration is your demeanor. The judge will be far more lenient to an individual who is polite and cooperative with the officer as opposed to someone who was argumentative or otherwise uncooperative. Another major factor is the number of prior violations on your record. Most judges and prosecutors will not provide a favorable outcome with out viewing your record first. A clean record will allow for much better outcomes than one with multiple violations.

Caroline General District Court

It is vitally important to hire an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in Caroline County.  The judge in Caroline can be particular about the way he or she likes certain things completed and presented to the court.  I often have my client complete some of these items prior to court and it is important to ensure everything is completed properly.  Below please find links to blog articles describing some of the mitigation evidence I use to defend my clients.  Please give me a call at (804)-451-6033 or email at trey@mattoxlawpc.com for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Caroline 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. It is essential to select the right shop with the correct equipment. You will want to take your vehicle to a shop with a dynamometer or “dyno.” In essence a dynamometer is a devise used to test the accuracy of your vehicles speedometer, among other functions. The technician will put your vehicle on the dynamometer and measure what your speedometer is reading as compared to the actual wheel speed of your vehicle in order to determine how accurate your speedometer is. A favorable calibration will demonstrate to the judge that your speedometer was reading lower than your actual speed.  This will help to show that you were unaware that you may have been traveling at that alleged speed.  Many of the judges that I appear before regularly give my clients credit for the calibration and will reduce a charge down further than he or she may have otherwise been willing to do. A true calibration will carry the greatest weight in court.  Many of my clients will take their vehicles to a shop without a dynamometer before they have spoken to me.  Frequently these shops will inform my clients that their speed sensor or speedometer cluster is malfunctioning and offer to replace them.  While this can be helpful to a reckless driving case it does not usually carry the same amount of weight as a true calibration.

  • Driving School Completion 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. You must also be sure that driving school is the correct tool for your case. For high-speed cases I often get my clients to complete a 12-hour aggressive driving course.  The length and subject matter of these courses can show that a client is very concerned about their case and willing to do what it takes to avoid a conviction.  There are two primary sources I use for 12-hour courses.  The first is offered through the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) and is called Reckless/Aggressive Driver Education Program (RADEP).  This is a two-day, in person aggressive driving school.  The other primary source is one of the many 12 hour courses offered online out of Florida.  The state of Florida uses 12-hour driving schools with great frequencies and has many online programs available. Judges can differ significantly when it comes to the value they will place on driving school. Some judges refuse to order defendants to take driving school, some will only use driving school for exceptional cases, and others rely solely on driving school as a means of reducing reckless driving charges. In Virginia, DMV will add five positive points to your driving record if you complete driving school voluntarily and submit the certificate of completion to the DMV. When signing up to take a defensive driving course you should be given the option of court ordered and voluntary for points on your record. It is important to take the court ordered course when completing it prior to your court date to ensure the judge gives you proper credit for completing it.

  • Community Service - Community 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. Judges have differing standards when it comes to community services. Most if not all judges will be satisfied with your community service hours if completed according to the following guidelines. First, the community service must be completed for a non-profit organization. However, many judges adhere to strict prohibitions against doing community services for any school, church, or any other organization you are currently associated with. The second requirement for community services work deals with the reporting of the work.  Many of the judges that I appear before regularly are extremely picky about how the community service should be documented and presented to the court.  Ultimately, you will want to have the supervisor write a letter on a piece of the organizations letterhead describing the dates and hours you worked, a description of the work, and the total number of hours worked.  Some judges even require this letter to be signed by the supervisor in front of a notary.

If you have been pulled over in Caroline 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

Caroline General District Court 15th Judicial District of Virginia

Clerk
Ms Terry M. Southworth

Phone/Fax
Phone: (804) 633-5720
Fax: (804) 633-3033

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

Address
P. O. Box 511
111 Ennis Street
Bowling Green, VA 22427-0511

Judges

  • Hon. Robert Eric Reibach, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge

  • Hon. David B. Caddell Jr.

  • Hon. Hugh S. Campbell

  • Hon. John S. Martin

  • Hon. Richard T. McGrath

  • Hon. J. Bruce Strickland

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