Hanover County Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Attorney

Have you received a Virginia uniform summons for a reckless driving charge in Hanover, Virginia?  Contact Hanover reckless driving attorney Trey Mattox for a free consultation, email trey@mattoxlawpc.com or phone (804) 451-6033.

Hanover Reckless Driving Speeding Representation

Hanover County is located just north of Richmond has two primary highways, Interstate 95 or Interstate 295.  Both highways account for the large portion of the traffic related offenses in Hanover.  Additionally, the portion of Interstate 95 that runs through Hanover is under construction with reduced speed limits contributing to their strict enforcement of Virginia traffic laws.  Mattox Law is ready to help guide you through complicated legal process with affordable and aggressive representation.  We handle a variety of traffic related offenses including DUI, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, speeding, and possession of marijuana.  Mattox Law represents individuals charged with traffic crimes and infractions throughout Hanover County including Rockville, Ashland, Mechanicsville, Elmont, Old Church, Montpelier, Beaverdam, Atlee, Doswell, and Studley.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is the traffic offense I see in Hanover the most.  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 

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

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

    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

      It is critically important to hire an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in Hanover County.  The judge in Hanover can be particular about the way he 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 a call or email for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Hanover traffic case.

      • Community Service - Community service can be a powerful piece of mitigation evidence used to help get the best possible result in court.  In some cases a judge will order the defendant to complete community service as a requirement for a reduction of the charged offense.  On other occasions, I will advise my clients to complete community service hours proactively in order to present the best case possible.
      • Driving School - Completion of a defensive driving course can be very valuable to the defense of a reckless driving charge.  Often completing the course prior to your scheduled court date can be a useful tool to get the best possible outcome for your case.  You must also be careful you choose the correct driving school for your individual case.  Driving courses can range in length from six hours up to twelve hours.
      • Speedometer Calibration - Speedometer calibrations are often the single most important piece of evidence I present while defending reckless driving cases.  It is extremely important to have your vehicle properly calibrated in order to ensure that it is admissible in court and can be as beneficial as possible to the outcome of your case.  It is essential to select the right shop with the correct equipment.  You will want to take your vehicle to a shop with a dynamometer or “dyno.”

      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 email trey@mattoxlawpc.com or phone (804) 451-6033

      Hanover General District Court 15th Judicial District of Virginia

      Ms Cheryl Lynn DeVaughn

      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

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


      • 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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