Hanover County Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Ticket Attorney 

Have you been issued a summons for a reckless driving or speeding traffic violation in Hanover, Virginia?  Contact Hanover traffic lawyer Trey Mattox for a free consultation, email trey@mattoxlawpc.com or phone (804) 451-6033.

Hanover Virginia Traffic Lawyer

Hanover County is located just west of Richmond has two primary highways, Interstate 95 and Interstate 295.  Both highways account for the large portion of the traffic related offenses in Hanover.  Mattox Law is ready to help guide you through complicated legal process with knowledgeable representation.  I handle a variety of traffic related offenses including DUIDriving on a Suspended LicenseSpeedingReckless Driving, and Possession of Marijuana.  Mattox Law represents individuals charged with traffic crimes and infractions throughout Hanover County including Elmont, Montpelier, Atlee, Old Church, Rockville, Doswell, Ashland, Beaverdam, and Studley.

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 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 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. 

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is one of the primary offenses I see in Hanover.  The severity of this offense comes as quite a surprise to many of my clients. The most prevalent reckless driving statute 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.

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.

    Hanover General District Court

    It is vitally important to hire an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in Hanover County. The judge can be particular about the way he or she likes certain things completed and presented to the court.  I often have my client complete some of these items prior to court and it is important to ensure everything is completed properly.  Below please find links to blog articles describing some of the mitigation evidence I use to defend my clients.  Please give me an email me at trey@mattoxlawpc.com or call at (804)-451-6033 for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Hanover traffic case.

    Community Service

    Speedometer Calibration

    Driving School

    If you have been pulled over in Hanover 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 treymattox@gmail.com.

    Hanover General District Court 15th Judicial District of Virginia

    Clerk
    Ms Cheryl Lynn DeVaughn

    Phone/Fax
    Traffic/Criminal:
    Phone: (804) 365-6191
    Civil: (804) 365-6457
    Fax: Traffic/Criminal: (804) 365-6290
    Fax: Civil: (804) 365-6436

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

    Address
    P. O. Box 176
    District Courts Building
    7515 Library Drive
    Hanover, VA 23069-0176

    Judges

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

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