Dinwiddie County Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Ticket Attorney

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 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 Wilsons, Darvils, Sutherland, Ammon, Ford, McKenney, Church Road, DeWitt, and Carson. 

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. 

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 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 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 all possible legal strategies are pursued.

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 $2,500 fine, 12 months jail sentence, 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.

    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 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 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 email at trey@mattoxlawpc.com or call (804) 451-6033 for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Dinwiddie traffic case.

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    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 email treymattox@gmail.com or phone (804) 451-6033. 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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