Chesterfield County Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Attorney

Chesterfield County is located just south of Richmond and has three primary highways, State Route 288, Interstate 95, and Powhite Parkway.  These three highways account for a significant portion of the traffic related offenses in Chesterfield.  Mattox Law is ready to help guide you through complicated legal process with knowledgeable representation.  I handle a variety of traffic related offenses including SpeedingReckless DrivingDriving on a Suspended LicenseDUI, and possession of marijuana.  Mattox Law represents clients charged with traffic crimes and infraction throughout Chesterfiled including Bon Air, Brandermill, Manchester, Bon Air, Moseley, Matoaca, Chester, Enon, Matoaca, Bellwood, Robious, Midlothian, Woodlake, Meadowbrook, and Ettrick.

Chesterfield General District Court consists of four different courtrooms.  This means there are four different judges with four different personalities.  There are a number of different commonwealth’s attorneys or prosecutors who handle traffic cases in Chesterfield.  It is important to retain an lawyer who is familiar with the different personalities present in the Chesterfield court system.

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 defendant's 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 high fines, license suspensionpoints 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 Chesterfield.  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 points on your driving record, license suspensions due to accumulation of points, increased insurance premiums, 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.

Defending Your Case

    To ensure you don’t suffer from the above mentioned consequences please be careful to hire an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in Chesterfield County.  Each judge can be particular about the way he or she like certain things completed and presented to the court.  I often have my client complete these items prior to court and it is important to ensure everything is completed properly.  Below please some links to blog articles answering some of my clients frequently asked questions.  Please send me a call at (804)-451-6033 or email me at trey@mattoxlawpc.com for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Chesterfield traffic case. Alternatively, you can submit and inquiry online by filling out the boxes on the right hand side.

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    It is also important to retain an lawyer who has a very good working relationship with the Chesterfield Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.  The Commonwealth’s Attorney or prosecutor play a minimal role in standard Reckless Driving or Speeding charges; however, for more serious offense such as DUIDriving on a Suspended License, 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.

    If you have been pulled over in Chesterfield 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. Alternatively, you can submit and inquiry online by filling out the boxes on the right hand side.

    Chesterfield General District Court 12th Judicial District of Virginia

    Clerk
    Mrs Linda J. Moore

     Phone/Fax
    Phone: (804) 748-1231
    Fax: (804) 748-1757

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

    Address
    P. O. Box 144
    Chesterfield Courthouse
    9500 Courthouse Road
    Chesterfield, VA 23832-0144

    General District Judges

    • Hon. Pamela O'Berry, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
    • Hon. Keith Nelson Hurley, Presiding Judge
    • Hon. Matthew Donald Nelson, Presiding Judge
    • Hon. James J. O'Connell III, Presiding Judge
    • Hon. Thomas L. Vaughn, Presiding Judge

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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