Mecklenburg Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Attorney

Mecklenburg, Virginia is located on the border between North Carolina and Virginia.  Most of the traffic violations I see in Mecklenburg occur along Route 58 and Interstate 85.  Of the two major highways, Interstate 85 is particularly troubling for many of my clients with its 70 mile per hour speed limit.  In Virginia traveling above 80 miles per hour is considered reckless driving driving by speed which is a class 1 misdemeanor.  This becomes of particular concern when traveling in these 70 mile per hour speed zones where going 11 miles per hour over the limit is considered a class 1 misdemeanor.  Both Mecklenburg deputies and Virginia State Police officers patrol this section of Interstate 85 heavily.  Alternatively, when traveling route 58 it is likely you will run into one of the town of Boydton or Brodnax's finest.  Mattox Law represents individuals charged with traffic crimes and infraction throughout Mecklenburg County including Clarksville, Buffalo Junction, La Crosse, Shiny Rock, Baskerville, South Hill, Bracey, Boydton, Chase City, Nelson, Brodnax, Skipwith, Shiny Rock, Palmer Springs, Shiny Rock, and Union Level.

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 a 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 many 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 85 through the entirety of Mecklenburg 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.  However, in I also see a fair number of traditional reckless driving tickets, 20 miles per hour or more over the speed limit, from those traveling on 58.  As a class 1 misdemeanor, reckless driving carries very significant penalties including a 12 months in jail, $2,500 fine, and six month license suspension.  There are also several secondary consequences such as:

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

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 trail 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. 

Mecklenburg General District Court 

The judge in Mecklenburg is typically good about working with individuals faced with a traffic related charges, and I am frequently able to negotiate a reduction.  However, he is very particular with what he requires for a reduction.  It is extremely important to speak with an attorney who is familiar with Mecklenburg and how this judge handles his docket.

It is also important to retain counsel who has established very good working relationships with the Mecklenburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.  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, the judge in Mecklenburg will often have additional requirements before he is willing to reduce your charge.   Judge Warren 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 Warren's rules.  Below please find links to blog articles describing some of the mitigation evidence I use to defend my clients.  Please give me a call at (804)-451-6033 or email me at trey@mattoxlawpc.com for addition suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Brunswick traffic case.

Speedometer Calibration

Community Service

Driving School

 If you have been pulled over in Mecklenburg 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

Mecklenburg General District Court

Clerk
Ms Tammy Tollerson Taylor

Phone/Fax
Phone: (434) 738-6260
Fax: (434) 738-0761

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

Address
911 Madison Street
P.O. Box 306
Boydton, VA 23917-0306

General District Judges

  • Hon. Charles Warren, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. J. William Watson Jr.
  • Hon. Robert G. Woodson Jr.

Mecklenburg Case Results

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