Emporia Traffic Attorney

Emporia is one of the most notorious “speed traps” in Virginia.  Emporia is located just north of the North Carolina border with Virginia.  There are two primary highways running through Emporia, U.S. Route 58 traveling east and west and Interstate 95 running north and south.  The majority of the traffic violations in Emporia occur along these two highways.

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 95 through the entirety of Emporia 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.  As a class 1 misdemeanor, reckless driving carries very significant penalties including a $2,500 fine, six month license suspension, and 12 months in jail.  There are also several secondary consequences such as: 

o   Increased insurance premiums costing you hundreds of dollars!

o   Points on your driving record lead to license suspensions!

o   Failed criminal background checks affecting employment and security clearance opportunities!

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.

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 month license suspension, 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 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.

Emporia General District Court 

Since the retirement of Judge Burr, Judge Bloom is now the presiding Judge in Emporia.  Fortunately, Judge Bloom is typically good about working with individuals faced with traffic offenses, and I am frequently able to negotiate a reduction.  However, Judge Bloom is very particular with what he requires for a reduction.  It is extremely important to speak with an attorney who is familiar with Emporia and how Judge Bloom handles his docket.

It is also important to retain an attorney who has established a very good working relationship with the Emporia 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 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.

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, Judge Bloom will often have additional requirements before he is willing to reduce your charge.  Judge Bloom requires each of these items to be presented in the proper form.  Failure to follow every requirement often results in a conviction.  When looking for an attorney to represent you please be careful to speak with someone who is knowledgeable of Judge Bloom’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 email at trey@mattoxlawpc.com or call at (804)-451-6033 for addition suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Emporia traffic case.

Driving School

Speedometer Calibration

Community Service

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

Emporia General District Court

Clerk
Ms Sandra Andleton Ligon

Phone/Fax
Phone: (434) 634-5400
Fax: (434) 634-0049

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

Address
315 South Main Street
Emporia, VA 23847

General District Judges

  • Hon. Stephen D. Bloom, Chief Judge
  • Hon. C. Ridley Bain
  • Hon. Bruce A. Clark Jr.
  • Hon. H. Lee Townsend III

Emporia Case Results

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