Prince George County Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Ticket Attorney 

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From a traffic perspective, Prince George County is uniquely located at the intersection of three major Virginia roadways.  I typically see higher speed cases on Interstates 295 and 95 while route 460 is more known for its tricky speed traps.  In fact, the speed limit along these major thoroughfares in Prince George can vary from as low as 35 miles per hour up to 70 miles per hour.  Mattox Law represents individuals charged with traffic crimes and infractions throughout Prince George County including New Bohemia, Disputanta, Jordan Point, Garysville, Fort Lee, Burrowsville, and Newville.

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 Interstates 95 and 295 through Prince George County gets up 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 Prince George I see a fair number of traditional reckless driving tickets, 20 miles per hour or more over the speed limit, due to the tricky nature of route 460. 

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 $2500 fine, one year in jail, 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 12 months jail sentence, 12 month license suspension, and $2,500 fine.  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 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.

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.

Prince George General District Court

Prince George holds traffic court twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays.  Monday’s are typically reserved for Virginia State Troopers. Wednesdays are reserved for Prince George police department traffic cases.  There are two separate judges sitting on Mondays and Wednesdays in Prince George who can operate very differently at times.

Moreover, each judge is particular in what they like to do in certain situations and what they will and will not accept as evidence in a case.  Failure to properly follow the requirements each judge sets will often result in a conviction.  It is very important to retain an attorney familiar with each judge in order in ensure you get the best possible outcome for your case.  Below please find links to blog articles describing some of the mitigation evidence I use to defend my clients.  Please send me an email at trey@mattoxlawpc.com or call me at (804)-451-6033 for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Prince George traffic case.

  • Driving school - Completion of a defensive driving course can be very valuable to the defense of a reckless driving charge.  Often completing the course prior to your scheduled court date can be a useful tool to get the best possible outcome for your case.  You must also be careful you choose the correct driving school for your individual case.  Driving courses can range in length from six hours up to twelve hours.  You must also be sure that driving school is the correct tool for your case.  Judges can differ significantly when it comes to the value they will place on driving school.  Some judges refuse to order defendants to take driving school, some will only use driving school for exceptional cases, and others rely solely on driving school as a means of reducing reckless driving charges.  
  • Speedometer Calibration - Speedometer calibrations are often the single most important piece of evidence I present while defending reckless driving cases.  It is extremely important to have your vehicle properly calibrated in order to ensure that it is admissible in court and can be as beneficial as possible to the outcome of your case.  It is essential to select the right shop with the correct equipment.  You will want to take your vehicle to a shop with a dynamometer or “dyno.”
  • Community Service - Community service can be a powerful piece of mitigation evidence used to help get the best possible result in court.  In some cases a judge will order the defendant to complete community service as a requirement for a reduction of the charged offense.  On other occasions, I will advise my clients to complete community service hours proactively in order to present the best case possible.  Judges have differing standards when it comes to community services.  Most if not all judges will be satisfied with your community service hours if completed according to the following guidelines.  First, the community service must be completed for a non-profit organization.  However, many judges adhere to strict prohibitions against doing community services for any school, church, or any other organization you are currently associated with. 

It is also important to retain an attorney who has established a very good working relationship with the Prince George 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.

If you have been pulled over in Prince George 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

Prince George General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts
6th Judicial District of Virginia

Clerk
Ms Denise Riddle Covington
email: DCovington@courts.state.va.us

 Phone/Fax
Phone: (804) 733-2781, (804) 733-2783
Fax: 804-733-2678

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

Address
6601 Courts Drive
P. O. Box 187
Prince George, VA 23875-0187

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

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