Dinwiddie Speeding Reckless Driving
Traffic Lawyer

Dinwiddie County is uniquely located on Interstate 85 just south of the Interstate 85 and Interstate 95 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 my clients find themselves in the unfortunate position of missing one sign and unintentionally speeding.  Both Dinwiddie Sherriff’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 an attorney 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, Darvils, Ammon, Sutherland, Carson, Wilsons, Ford, DeWitt, and McKenney.

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 a license suspension, points on your driving record, 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.

As mentioned above, the speed limit on Interstate 85 through the Dinwiddie County ranges from 55 to 70 miles per hour.  According to the statute going as little as 11 miles per hour over a 70 mile per hour speed limit can result in a conviction for reckless driving.  However, in Dinwiddie, I also see a fair number of traditional reckless driving tickets, 20 miles per hour or more over the speed limit, from those traveling in the slower speed zones.  As a class 1 misdemeanor, reckless driving carries very significant penalties including a six month license suspension, $2,500 fine, and 12 months in jail.  There are also several secondary consequences such as:

  • Increased insurance premiums costing you hundreds of dollars!
  • Failed criminal background checks affecting employment and security clearance opportunities!
  • Points on your driving record lead to license suspensions!

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, $2,500 fine, 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. 

Dinwiddie General District Court 

Fortunately, the judge in Dinwiddie is typically good about working with individuals charged with traffic violations, and I am frequently able to negotiate 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 an attorney who is familiar with Dinwiddie and how the judge handles his docket.

It is also important to note that I have 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 Reckless Driving or Speeding charges; however, for more serious offense 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 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 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 a call (804) 451-6033 or email trey@mattoxlawpc.com for addition suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Dinwiddie traffic case.

Speedometer Calibration

Community Service

Driving School

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

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.

Dinwiddie Case Results

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