Dinwiddie County Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Ticket Attorney

Dinwiddie County is uniquely located on Interstate 85 just south of the Interstate 95 and Interstate 85 interchange.   This section of Interstate 85 proves to be especially tricky to motorists unfamiliar with the area.  The speed limit on Interstate 85 through Dinwiddie ranges from 55 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour.  Many of our clients find themselves in the unfortunate position of missing one sign and unintentionally speeding.  Both Dinwiddie Sheriff’s deputies and Virginia State Troopers patrol this section of Interstate 85 heavily and routinely issue tickets to individuals in this situation.   Fortunately, the judge in Dinwiddie will take into consideration the direction of travel and whether the speed limit was climbing or falling.  If the individual was traveling north and thus through progressively slower speed zones, this judge will often give a little bit of a better break.  Therefore, it is very important to pick a lawyer who is very familiar with Dinwiddie and the judge’s peculiarities.  Mattox Law represents clients charged with traffic crimes and infractions throughout Dinwiddie County including Church Road, Ford, Sutherland, Wilsons, DeWitt, Ammon, Darvils, McKenney, and Carson. 

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 months jail sentence, $2,500 fine, and 12 month license suspension.  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 trial 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.

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, Trey Mattox also sees 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.

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, high fines, license suspension, 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 all possible legal strategies are pursued.

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.

Dinwiddie General District Court 

Fortunately, the judge in Dinwiddie is typically good about working with individuals charged with traffic violations, and Trey is frequently able to secure a reduction.  However, this judge, like most judges, has certain peculiarities that are important to be aware of in order to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. It is extremely important to speak with a lawyer who is familiar with Dinwiddie and how the judge handles his docket.

It is also important to note that Trey Mattox has established a very good working relationships with the Dinwiddie Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.  The Commonwealth’s Attorney or prosecutor does not typically get involved in Speeding or Reckless Driving charges; however, for more serious offense such as DUI, Driving on a Suspended License, or Possession of Marijuana, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office plays a prominent role.  It is extremely important to choose a lawyer who is very familiar with the Commonwealth’s Attorney prosecuting your case.

There are several tasks that Trey Mattox frequently has his clients complete prior to their scheduled court date in order to ensure the best possible outcome.  Alternatively, the judge in Dinwiddie 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 a lawyer to represent you please be careful to speak with someone who is knowledgeable of the judge’s rules.  Please feel free to call (804) 451-6033 or email at trey@mattoxlawpc.com for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Dinwiddie traffic case.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

If you have been pulled over in Dinwiddie County please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.  Trey Mattox offer free consultations and is available by phone (804) 451-6033 or email treymattox@gmail.com. Alternatively, you may submit your information using the boxes on the right hand side. 

Dinwiddie General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts 

Clerk
Ms Lisa G. Christopher

 Phone/Fax
Phone: (804) 469-4533
Fax: (804) 469-5383

Clerk's Office Hours
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Address
P. O. Box 280
Dinwiddie Courthouse
Dinwiddie, VA 23841-0280

General District Judges

  • Hon. Mayo K. Gravatt, Chief Judge

  • Hon. Robert Beman Beasley Jr.

  • Hon. Ray P. Lupold III

Continuance Policy
Continuances granted by Judge on motion.

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