Chesterfield Virginia Reckless Driving Traffic Lawyer

Have you been charged with reckless driving speeding in Chesterfield, Virginia? Contact Chesterfield reckless driving lawyer Trey Mattox for a free consultation, email trey@mattoxlawpc.com or phone (804) 451-6033.

Chesterfield Reckless Driving Speeding Lawyer

Chesterfield County is located just south of Richmond and has three primary highways, Interstate 95, Powhite Parkway, and State Route 288.  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 DUI, speeding, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, and possession of marijuana.  Mattox Law represents clients charged with traffic crimes and infraction throughout Chesterfield including Matoaca, Chester, Brandermill, Midlothian, Bellwood, Manchester, Enon, Bon Air, Robious, Woodlake, Moseley, Ettrick, and Meadowbrook.

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

What is Reckless Driving Speeding in Virginia?

The most common form of reckless driving in Virginia is reckless driving speeding.  If you received a reckless driving speeding ticket in Virginia it was most likely written under this code section.

Virginia Code 46.2-862:
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.

Among the reckless driving code sections, § 46.2-862 is by far the most frequently used.  This statute strictly refers to the speed at which you are driving without any regard to your manner of driving.  This statute defines reckless driving in two ways.  The first section of this statute mandates that you can be convicted of reckless driving for traveling 20 or more miles per hour above the speed limit.  The second section defines reckless driving as driving over 80 miles per hour no matter the posted speed limit.  This section becomes particularly troublesome on highways with 70 mile per hour speed limits.  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.  

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 license suspensions due to accumulation of points, points on your driving record, increased insurance premiums, and failed criminal background checks.

What is Reckless Driving; General Rule

If you have received a Virginia reckless driving ticket and the charge was unrelated to speed it likely will fall under reckless driving; general rule.  This statute allows a police officer to charge you with reckless driving if he believes you were driving in a manner that endangers life or property.  

Virginia Code 46.2-852:
Irrespective of the maximum speeds permitted by law, any person who drives a vehicle on any highway recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person shall be guilty of reckless driving.

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 find links to blog articles describing some of the mitigation evidence I use to defend my clients.  Please give me a call or email for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Chesterfield traffic case.

Community Service

 Speedometer Calibration

Driving School

It is also important to retain an attorney 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 speeding or reckless driving charges; however, for more serious offense such as Driving on a Suspended License, DUI, 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.

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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