Henrico County Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Ticket Attorney 

Henrico County is located just outside of Richmond has three primary highways, Interstate 95, Interstate 64, and Interstate 295.  A large portion of traffic related offenses come from these highways.  Mattox Law is ready to help guide you through complicated legal process with knowledgeable representation.  I handle a variety of traffic related offenses including Driving on a Suspended License, Reckless Driving,DUISpeeding, and Possession of Marijuana.  Mattox Law represents clients charged with traffic crimes and infractions throughout Henrico County including Wyndham, Tuckahoe, Short Pump, Highland Springs, Glen Allen, Dumbarton, Fair Oaks, Innsbrook, Sandston, Montrose, Laurel, Lakeside, Chamberlayne, East Highland Park, and Varina.

Henrico General District Court

 Henrico General District Court consists of three different judges spread across five different traffic courts.  These five judges have five very different personalities.  Additionally, there are a number of different commonwealths attorneys or prosecutors who are also involved in traffic cases.  It is important to retain an attorney who is acquainted with the different personalities present in the Henrico court system.

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, points on your driving record, high fines, 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.

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 one year in jail, $2500 fine, 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.

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 defendants 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

    It is vital you retain a reckless driving lawyer who is both knowledgeable and experienced in Henrico County.  Below please find links to blog articles describing some of the mitigation evidence used to defend my clients.  I often have my client complete some of the items listed below prior to court. It is important to ensure everything is completed properly. Each judge can be particular about the way he or she likes certain things completed and presented to the court.  Please give me a call at (804)-451-6033 or email me at trey@mattoxlawpc.com for additional suggestions on representation for your Henrico traffic case.

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    If you have received a summons for a traffic case in Henrico 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

    Henrico General District Court 14th Judicial District of Virginia

    Clerk
    Ms Linda Susan Knight

     Phone/Fax
    Criminal/Traffic: (804) 501-4723
    Civil: (804) 501-4727
    Fax: Criminal/Traffic (804) 501-7388
    Fax: Civil (804) 501-414

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

    Address
    P. O. Box 90775
    4301 East Parham Road
    Henrico, VA 23273-0775

    General District Judges

    • Hon. B. Craig Dunkum, Presiding Judge
    • Hon. John K. Honey, Presiding Judge
    • Hon. L. Neil Steverson, Presiding Judge
    • Hon. George Barton Chucker, Chief Judge
    • Hon. Thomas O. Bondurant Jr.

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