Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Ticket Attorney Powhatan VA

Powhatan County VA has become notorious for the Powhatan County Deputy Sheriff’s and Virginia State Trooper’s enforcement of the many Code of Virginia traffic violations. Experienced and knowledgeable Powhatan County VA traffic attorney Trey Mattox has experience defending a wide variety of misdemeanor, felony, and infraction traffic violations including Speeding, Driving on a Suspended License, DUI, Reckless Driving, and possession of marijuana among others. Virginia Traffic Lawyer Trey Mattox would love the opportunity to walk you through the process of how to get out of a DUI, reckless driving, or speeding ticket in Powhatan County, VA.

Mattox Law is ready to help guide you through complicated legal process with knowledgeable representation for your Powhatan traffic offense.  Mr. Mattox represents clients who are accused of committing felony, misdemeanor, and infraction traffic violations throughout Powhatan County including Ballsville, Worshams, Goode Crossing, Macon, Beaumont, Trenholm, Jefferson, Belona, Tobaccoville, Huguenot Springs, Chestnut Oaks, Subletts, Hatchers, Clayville, Smiths Crossroads, Michaux, Dorset, Red Lane, Holly Hills, Fine Creek Mills, Plain View, Hideaway Lake, Flat Rock, Pilkinton, Genito, Huguenot, Liburn, Moseley and surrounding areas. Contact your Virginia lawyer for traffic violations, Trey Mattox for a no cost free consultation.

DUI Representation

A conviction for a DUI in Virginia carries very extreme consequences and can often lead to time in jail.  DUI meaning driving under the influence and can be applied to both drug and alcohol cases. Additionally, there is no categorical difference in Virginia in between DUI v. DWI although the offense is most frequently referred to as a DUI. Similar to reckless driving, a first offense DUI charge in Virginia 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 BAC DUI.  A DUI can become elevated due to the defendants blood alcohol content (BAC) 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 Tickets

Speeding tickets 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.

Speeding ticket lawyer Trey Mattox has represented thousands of individuals charged with speeding infractions and has an outstanding record of having those charges reduced or dismissed.  When contesting speeding tickets, 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 ticket laws and what is required of the officer ensuring that all possible legal strategies are pursued.

Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving is one of the primary offenses I see in Caroline.  The severity of this offense comes as quite a surprise to many of my clients.  The most prevalent reckless driving statute is Virginia Code § 46.2-862 Exceeding Speed Limit.  The reckless driving VA code states:

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 Reckless Driving Statutes

Reckless driving in the Virginia Code has 14 sections containing different variations or definitions of reckless driving in Virginia.  The following statutes are the list of the various reckless driving laws in Virginia:

·      § 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.

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.

Other Traffic Infractions

While the more serious traffic violations are characterized as misdemeanors or felony’s, there are many other traffic violation with plenty serious consequences that are classified as traffic infractions. Traffic infractions can carry points for your driving record and drastically affect your your insurance rates but do not result in a criminal conviction. Powhatan County VA traffic lawyer Trey Mattox is ready to navigate you through process of defending against these infractions:

  • § 46.2-802 Drive on right side of highways

  • § 46.2-806 One-way roadways and highways

  • § 46.2-808.1 Use of crossovers on controlled access highways

  • § 46.2-809 Regulation of truck traffic on primary and secondary highways

  • § 46.2-809.1 Regulation of residential cut-through traffic by Board

  • § 46.2-814 Driving through safety zone prohibited

  • § 46.2-816 Following too closely

  • § 46.2-817 Disregarding signal by law-enforcement officer to stop; eluding police; penalties

  • § 46.2-821 Vehicles entering highways shall stop or yield right-of-way

  • § 46.2-822 Right-of-way at circular intersections

  • § 46.2-830 Fail to obey highway sign

  • § 46.2-830.1 Failure to obey highway sign while sleeping

  • § 46.2-833 Fail to obey traffic signal

  • § 46.2-833.1 Evasion of a traffic control device

  • § 46.2-835 Right turn on steady red light after stopping

  • § 46.2-844 Passing stopped school bus

  • § 46.2-845 Illegal U-turn

  • § 46.2-870 Speeding

Expected Outcomes

Each traffic case is unique and carries individual issues leading to a variety of results. The biggest factor affecting the outcome of a case of course is the original allegation. Certainly, we expect far different outcomes for DUI’s as compared to speeding offenses. However, there are many other factors involved with every traffic case. One of the most important factors the court will take into consideration is your demeanor. The judge will be far more lenient to an individual who is polite and cooperative with the officer as opposed to someone who was argumentative or otherwise uncooperative. Another major factor is the number of prior violations on your record. Most judges and prosecutors will not provide a favorable outcome with out viewing your record first. A clean record will allow for much better outcomes than one with multiple violations.

Driving School for Dismissal

Driving school is a very powerful tool in the defense of traffic infractions and crimes. In many cases I will advise my clients to complete driving school before the court date in order to achieve a better outcome. In other case, the judge may require the defendant to complete driving school in order to have the case completely dismissed. Under those circumstances it is up to the defendant to get the driving school completed by the deadline set by the court in order to have the case dismissed. In many cases judges will issue driving school after your first ticket and are less willing to allow for driving school after subsequent tickets. Of course courts and judges differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and some are more lenient in this regard.

Defective Equipment

What is a defective equipment ticket in Virginia? A defective equipment charge in Virginia is a violation you may receive for having a tail light out or maybe a cracked windshield. This is a non-moving violation typically indicating that something may have been wrong with your vehicle as opposed to something being wrong with your driving. As a non-moving violation, defective equipment does not carry any points on a Virginia driving record and most other states as well. Many judges in Virginia use defective equipment as a means to reduce a traffic violations that otherwise would carry points on your driving record. A reduction to defective equipment is often a bit of a quid pro quo allowing judges to reduce moving violations to keep points off of a driving record while still allowing him to collect a fine. In many cases the Judge will keep the fine at the standard fine based on the originally charged speed. In other cases, the judge may enhance the fine for having a few priors on your record or possibly demeanor issue with the officer.

Speeding Infraction

For some reckless driving cases, avoiding any points on your record with a non-moving violation or having the case dismissed may not always be possible. In those cases, our focus will often shift from avoiding the points to at least avoiding the class 1 misdemeanor conviction. Reckless driving of course is considered a class 1 misdemeanor so at the very least we need to ensure that you do not end up with a criminal conviction if found guilty of the reckless driving charge. Simple speeding is just a traffic infraction and therefore will avoid the misdemeanor conviction.

Improper Driving

Improper driving is a frequently used reduction specific to reckless driving cases. I find improper driving is most frequently used in accident related cases; however, it is certainly used by many judges in reckless driving by speed cases. Many judges and commonwealth’s attorneys use improper driving as means to reduce reckless driving by speed cases because it allows them to issue an elevated fine of $500.00 as opposed to the maximum fine for a simple speeding conviction of $250.00. However, on the positive side, improper driving only stays on a Virginia driving record for 3 years as opposed to 5 years for a speeding violation and 11 years for a reckless driving conviction.


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Powhatan General District Court

It is vitally important to hire an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in Powhatan County.  The judge in Powhatan can be particular about the way he or she 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 me a call at (804)-451-6033 or email at for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Powhatan 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. For high-speed cases I often get my clients to complete a 12-hour aggressive driving course.  The length and subject matter of these courses can show that a client is very concerned about their case and willing to do what it takes to avoid a conviction.  There are two primary sources I use for 12-hour courses.  The first is offered through the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) and is called Reckless/Aggressive Driver Education Program (RADEP).  This is a two-day, in person aggressive driving school.  The other primary source is one of the many 12 hour courses offered online out of Florida.  The state of Florida uses 12-hour driving schools with great frequencies and has many online programs available. 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. In Virginia, DMV will add five positive points to your driving record if you complete driving school voluntarily and submit the certificate of completion to the DMV. When signing up to take a defensive driving course you should be given the option of court ordered and voluntary for points on your record. It is important to take the court ordered course when completing it prior to your court date to ensure the judge gives you proper credit for completing it.

  • 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. The second requirement for community services work deals with the reporting of the work.  Many of the judges that I appear before regularly are extremely picky about how the community service should be documented and presented to the court.  Ultimately, you will want to have the supervisor write a letter on a piece of the organization’s letterhead describing the dates and hours you worked, a description of the work, and the total number of hours worked.  Some judges even require this letter to be signed by the supervisor in front of a notary.

  • 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.” In essence a dynamometer is a device used to test the accuracy of your vehicle’s speedometer, among other functions. The technician will put your vehicle on the dynamometer and measure what your speedometer is reading as compared to the actual wheel speed of your vehicle in order to determine how accurate your speedometer is. A favorable calibration will demonstrate to the judge that your speedometer was reading lower than your actual speed.  This will help to show that you were unaware that you may have been traveling at that alleged speed.  Many of the judges that I appear before regularly give my clients credit for the calibration and will reduce a charge down further than he or she may have otherwise been willing to do. A true calibration will carry the greatest weight in court.  Many of my clients will take their vehicles to a shop without a dynamometer before they have spoken to me.  Frequently these shops will inform my clients that their speed sensor or speedometer cluster is malfunctioning and offer to replace them.  While this can be helpful to a reckless driving case it does not usually carry the same amount of weight as a true calibration.

If you have been pulled over in Powhatan 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

Powhatan General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts

11th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet 
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts Informational Pamphlet


Ms Michelle A. Soukup


Phone: (804) 598-5665
Fax: (804) 598-5648

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 


3880-D Old Buckingham Road
Powhatan, VA 23139-7052

General District Judges

  • Hon. Ray P. Lupold III, Chief Judge

  • Hon. Robert Beman Beasley Jr.

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

  • Hon. Valentine W. Southall Jr., Presiding Judge, Chief Judge

  • Hon. Phillip T. DiStanislao

Court Schedule

General District Court
   There will be no court on Mondays.
   General District Court will only be held on Fridays as follows:
1st, 2nd, & 3rd Fridays
   9:00 a.m., All arraignments (criminal and traffic) and attorney 
   status cases
   9:30 a.m., Traffic court
   10:30 a.m., Serious traffic matters: DUIs, Drive on suspended, 
   11:00 a.m., Criminal hearings, bond hearings, protective order 

   1:00 p.m., Civil Court (Garnishment, Warrant in Debt/Detinue, 
   Unlawful Detainer, Zoning)
   2:00 p.m., Contested Civil docket (set by the court)
4th and 5th Fridays
   9:00 a.m., All arraignments (criminal and traffic) and attorney 
   status cases
   9:30 a.m.,Traffic court
   10:30 a.m., Serious traffic matters: DUIs, Drive on suspended, 
   11:00 a.m., Criminal hearings, bond hearings, protective order 

Juvenile & Domestic Relations
   Wed., 9:30 a.m., Criminal Arraignments
   Wed., 10:00 a.m., Criminal Trials
   Wed., 11:00 a.m., Juvenile Traffic
   Wed., 1:00 p.m., Domestic Civil
   3rd Wed., 1:00 p.m., Division of Child Support Enforcement
   4th Wed., 9:15 a.m., Driver's License Presentation

Continuance Policy

Continuances governed by Rule 8:14. Clerk may grant continuance consented to by all parties (Rule 8:14(a)).

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