New Kent Reckless Driving Speeding Lawyer

New Kent Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Lawyers

Have you been charged with SpeedingReckless Driving, or other traffic crime or infraction in New Kent, Virginia?  Contact New Kent traffic lawyer, Trey Mattox for a free consultation by phone (804) 451-6033 or email at trey@mattoxlawpc.com.

New Kent Virginia Traffic Representation

Mattox Law is ready to help guide you through complicated legal process with knowledgeable representation for your New Kent traffic offense.  I handle a variety of traffic related offenses including Reckless DrivingDriving on a Suspended LicenseDUI, and Possession of Marijuana.  Mattox Law routinely represents clients who are accused of committing traffic crimes and infractions throughout New Kent County including Barhamsville, Crossroads, Bottoms Bridge, Lanexa, Eltham, White House, Baltimore, Talleysville, Providence Forge, Quinton, and surrounding areas.

What is Reckless Driving Speeding in Virginia?

The most common form of reckless driving in Virginia is reckless driving speeding.  If you received a reckless driving speeding ticket in Virginia it was most likely written under this code section.

Virginia Code 46.2-862:
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.

Among the reckless driving code sections, § 46.2-862 is by far the most frequently used.  This statute strictly refers to the speed at which you are driving without any regard to your manner of driving.  This statute defines reckless driving in two ways.  The first section of this statute mandates that you can be convicted of reckless driving for traveling 20 or more miles per hour above the speed limit.  The second section defines reckless driving as driving over 80 miles per hour no matter the posted speed limit.  This section becomes particularly troublesome on highways with 70 mile per hour speed limits.  The speed limit on Interstate 64 in New Kent 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.  

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.

What is Reckless Driving; General Rule

If you have received a Virginia reckless driving ticket and the charge was unrelated to speed it likely will fall under reckless driving; general rule.  This statute allows a police officer to charge you with reckless driving if he believes you were driving in a manner that endangers life or property.  

Virginia Code 46.2-852:
Irrespective of the maximum speeds permitted by law, any person who drives a vehicle on any highway recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person shall be guilty of 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.

New Kent General District Court

It is vitally important to hire an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in New Kent County.  Judge Shaw is typically the presiding judge in New Kent and 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 a call (804) 451-6033 or email trey@mattoxlawpc.com for addition suggestions on mitigation evidence for your New Kent traffic case.

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If you have been pulled over in Caroline 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 trey@mattoxlawpc.com

New Kent General District Court 9th Judicial District of Virginia

Clerk
Ms Sirena Davis Kestner

 Phone/Fax
Phone: (804) 966-9530
Phone: (804) 966-9534
Fax: (804) 966-9535

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

Address
P. O. Box 127
12001 Courthouse Circle
New Kent, VA 23124-0127

General District Judges

  • Hon. Stephanie E. Merritt, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Stephen Ashton Hudgins
  • Hon. Colleen K. Killilea

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