Greensville County Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Ticket Attorney 

 Greensville Virginia Traffic Lawyer

Greensville is one of the most notorious “speed traps” in Virginia.  Greensville is located just north of the North Carolina border as you enter Virginia. As such, Interstate 95 runs through the entirety of Greensville County.  The Greensville Sheriff's Department and Virginia State Troopers have become infamous for their extremely strict enforcement of traffic related offenses in Greensville County, Virginia.  Mattox Law represents clients who have received traffic violations throughout the Greensville area including Emporia, Skippers, Radium, Purdy, Moonlight, Brink, Durand, and Jarratt.

Greensville General District Court

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

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

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 license suspension, high fines, 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 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 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 Interstate 95 through Greensville 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. 

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 increased insurance premiums, points on your driving record, license suspensions due to accumulation of points, 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 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 can result in a conviction.  When looking for an attorney, be careful to speak with someone who is knowledgeable of Judge Bloom’s rules.  Below please find links describing some of the mitigation evidence I use to defend my clients.  Please give me a call at (804)-451-6033 or email me at trey@mattoxlawpc.com for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Greensville traffic case. Alternatively, you can submit and inquiry online by filling out the boxes on the right hand side.

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In addition to Reckless Driving, Mattox Law, P.C. also handles cases involving Driving on a Suspended LicenseDUI, Possession of Marijuana, Underage Possession of Alcohol, and Speeding.  If you have been pulled over in Greensville County please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.  I offer free consultations and am available by email at trey@mattoxlawpc.com or phone (804) 451-6033.

Greensville 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

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