Essex Virginia Traffic Lawyer

Essex, virginia reckless driving speeding traffic court attorney

Essex county is located on Virginia's Middle Peninsula, just outside of the Washington D.C to Norfolk urban crescent.  The county's main town is Tappahannock.  The speed limit in Essex is generally maxes out at about 60 miles per hour, and there are two major highways that run through Essex County, U.S. Route 360 and U.S. Route 17.  In addition to Tappahannock, Mattox Law represents clients who receive traffic infractions and crimes throughout Essex County including Caret, Butylo, Wares Wharf, Blandfield, Dunnsville, Laneview, Bowler's Wharf, Dunbrooke, Champlain, Supply, Loretto, Center Cross, Passing, Brays Fork, Hustle, Center Cross, and Miller's Tavern to name a few of the towns located in Essex, Virginia.

What is Reckless Driving?

There are several 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 Route 360 and Route 17 through Essex County is 60 miles per hour.  Therefore, the majority of of the reckless driving charges I see in Essex are the variety at twenty miles per hour or more above the speed limit.  As a class 1 misdemeanor, reckless driving carries very significant penalties including a six month license suspension, 12 months in jail, and $2,500 fine.  There are also several secondary consequences such as:

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

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

    Defending 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 will often have additional requirements before he is willing to reduce your charge.   The 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, be careful to speak with someone who is knowledgeable of the judge's rules.  Below please find links 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 Essex traffic case.

    Community Service

    Driving School

    Speedometer Calibration

    Fortunately, the judge in Essex is typically good about working with individuals faced with traffic violations, and I am frequently able to negotiate a reduction.  However, the judge is very particular with what he requires for a reduction.  It is extremely important to speak with an attorney who is familiar with Essex and how the court handles its docket. 

    Essex General District Court

    It is also important to retain an attorney who has a very good working relationship with the Essex 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 offenses 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 an attorney who is very familiar with the Commonwealth’s Attorney prosecuting your case.

    If you have been pulled over in Essex 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

    Essex General District Court

    Clerk
    Ms Dee Balderson Davis

    Phone/Fax
    Phone: (804) 443-3744
    Fax: (804) 443-4122

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

    Address
    P. O. Box 66
    300 Prince Street
    Tappahannock, VA 22560

    General District Judges

    • Hon. John S. Martin, Presiding Judge
    • Hon. John R. Stevens, Chief Judge
    • Hon. David B. Caddell Jr.
    • Hon. Hugh S. Campbell
    • Hon. Richard T. McGrath
    • Hon. Robert Eric Reibach
    • Hon. J. Bruce Strickland

     Essex Case Results

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