Hanover Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Lawyer

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 295 and Interstate 95.  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 speeding, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, DUI, and possession of marijuana.  Mattox Law represents individuals charged with traffic crimes and infractions throughout Hanover County including Beaverdam, Rockville, Ashland, Doswell, Elmont, Old Church, Mechanicsville, Atlee, Montpelier, 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.

While Virginia Code § 46.2-862 Exceeding speed limit is the most frequently used reckless driving statute, there are actually 14 different varieties of reckless driving.  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.

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:

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

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 addition suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Hanover traffic case.

Driving School

Speedometer Calibration

Community Service

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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