Petersburg Reckless Driving and Speeding Attorney

            The City of Petersburg is located just north the intersection of Interstate 95 and 85 and includes a significant portion of U.S. Route 460.  Interstates 95 and 85 through Petersburg can be particularly troublesome for travelers unfamiliar with the area.  The speed limit through this section suddenly drops to 55 mph after miles of 70 mph zones.  Many of my clients find themselves in the unfortunate position of missing one speed limit sign and receiving a summons from one of Petersburg’s finest.

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.

Due to the drastic drop in speed, I often see clients who receive the latter more traditional type of reckless driving, twenty miles or more above the limit.  As a class 1 misdemeanor, reckless driving carries very significant penalties including a $2,500 fine, six month license suspension, 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!

Petersburg General District Court

 I have found the judge in Petersburg to be fair and reasonable when hearing traffic matters in his court, and I am typically able to obtain a reduction of the charged offense in his court.  However, this judge can be particular about what he will require for a reduction. When looking for an attorney to represent you please be careful to speak with someone who is knowledgeable of the judge’s rules. 

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

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

Driving School

Speedometer Calibration

Community Service

If you have been pulled over in Petersburg please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.  I offer free consultations and am available by phone (804) 451-6033 or email me at trey@mattoxlawpc.com.  

Petersburg General District Court 11th Judicial District of Virginia

Clerk
Ms Dana Helm Shannon

 Phone/Fax
Phone: (804) 733-2374
Fax: (804) 733-2375

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

Address
35 East Tabb Street
Petersburg, VA 2380

General District Judges

  • Hon. Ray P. Lupold III, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Mayo K. Gravatt, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Robert Beman Beasley Jr.

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