Richmond, Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Attorney

Have you received a reckless driving or speeding traffic violation in Richmond, Virginia?  Contact Richmond traffic attorney, Trey Mattox for a free consultation, (804) 451-6033 or email

Richmond, Virginia Traffic Lawyer

Richmond is located at the intersection of Interstate 95, Interstate 64, Powhite Parkway, and the Downtown Expressway.   These highways all have one major commonality, their relative speed limits decrease as you approach the city of Richmond.  These four highways account for a significant portion of the traffic related offenses in Richmond.  Mattox Law is ready to help guide you through complicated legal process with knowledgeable representation.  Attorney Trey Mattox defends individuals charged with traffic crimes and infractions including SpeedingReckless DrivingDUIDriving on a Suspended License, and possession of marijuana.

Richmond General District Court consists of two different courts.  This means there are two different judges with two different personalities.  Additionally there are a number of different commonwealths attorneys or prosecutors who handle traffic cases in Richmond.  It is important to retain an attorney who is familiar with the different personalities present in the Richmond court system.

Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving is one of the primary offenses I see in Richmond.  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.  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.

Because of the drastic drop in speed on the highways leading to Richmond, 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, 12 months jail sentence, and six month license suspension.  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!

Alcohol Related Offenses

Richmond also sees its fair share of alcohol related offenses.  Contributing significantly to the alcohol related charges are the high concentration of bars, three local colleges, and a large suburban population coming to the city for its nightlife.  These alcohol related offenses include DUI, Underage Possession of Alcohol, and Public Intoxication

It is also important to retain an attorney who has a very good working relationship with the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.  The Commonwealth’s Attorney or prosecutor play a minimal role in standard Reckless Driving and 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.

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 high fines, points on your driving record, license suspension, 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.

    Richmond General District Court

    To ensure you don’t suffer from the above mentioned consequences please be careful to hire an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in Richmond.  Each judge can be particular about the way he or she like certain things completed and presented to the court.  I often have my client complete these item prior to court and it is important to 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 an email or call (804) 451-6033 for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Richmond traffic case.

    Speedometer Calibration

    Community Service

    Driving School

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

    Richmond-Traffic General District Court 13th Judicial District of Virginia

    Ms Rebecca Schmidt

    Phone: (804) 646-6431
    Fax: (804) 646-6659

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

    John Marshall Courts Building
    400 N. 9th Street
    Room 209
    Richmond, VA 23219-1508

    General District Judges

    • Hon. Tracy W. J. Thorne-Begland, Chief Judge
    • Hon. Lawrence B. Cann
    • Hon. David Eugene Cheek Sr.
    • Hon. Barbara J. Gaden
    • Hon. David M. Hicks
    • Hon. Jacqueline S. McClenney

    Richmond-Traffic Case Results

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