Hopewell Virginia Traffic Lawyer 

It is very unusual to travel through Hopewell, Virginia without seeing some stopped by an officer or getting stopped yourself. One section of Interstate 295 running through Hopewell, Virginia has become particularity well known for their relentless enforcement of speed related traffic laws. The natives to Virginia have nicknamed it“Million Dollar Mile.”

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 that all possible legal strategies are pursued.

What is Reckless Driving?

There are many varieties of reckless driving in Virginia, but the most common 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 295 through the City of Hopewell is 70 miles per hour.  Therefore, according to the statute going as little as 81 miles per hour can result in a conviction for reckless driving.  As a class 1 misdemeanor, reckless driving carries very significant penalties including a 12 months in jail, six month license suspension, and $2,500 fine.  There are also several secondary consequences such as:

  • Failed criminal background checks affecting employment and security clearance opportunities!
  • Lingering increased insurance premiums costing you money for years after the offense!
  • Points on your driving record leading to license suspensions!

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.

    Hopewell General District Court 

    Fortunately, the judge 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 Hopewell and how the judge handles his docket.

    It is also important to retain an attorney who has established good working relationships with the Hopewell Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.  The Commonwealth’s Attorney or prosecutor does not typically get involved in Reckless Driving or Speeding charges; however, for more serious offense such as Driving on a Suspended LicenseDUI, 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.

    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 Clark will often have additional requirements before he is willing to reduce your charge.   Judge Clark 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 to represent you please be careful to speak with someone who is knowledgeable of Judge Clark’s rules.  Below please find links to blog articles describing some of the mitigation evidence I use to defend my clients.  Please send me a call at (804)-451-6033 or email me at trey@mattoxlawpc.com for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Hopewell traffic case.

    Speedometer Calibration

    Driving School

    Community Service

    If you have been pulled over in Hopewell 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

    Hopewell General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts 

    Clerk
    Ms Ellen Taylor Chiasson
    Email: echiasson@courts.state.va.us

     Phone/Fax
    Phone: (804) 541-2257
    Fax: (804) 541-2364

     Clerk's Office Hours
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Front Counter: 8:30AM-4:00PM

     Address
    100 East Broadway
    Hopewell, VA 23860

    General District Judges

    • Hon. Bruce A. Clark Jr., Presiding Judge
    • Hon. Stephen D. Bloom, Chief Judge
    • Hon. C. Ridley Bain
    • Hon. H. Lee Townsend III

    Hopewell Case Results

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