Richmond, Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Ticket 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 trey@mattoxlawpc.com.

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 Driving on a Suspended License, Reckless DrivingDUI, Speeding, 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. 

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.

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.

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 DUIDriving on a Suspended License, 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 call (804) 451-6033 or email trey@mattoxlawpc.com for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Richmond traffic case.

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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 devise used to test the accuracy of your vehicles 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. 

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 trey@mattoxlawpc.com or phone (804) 451-6033

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

Clerk
Ms Rebecca Schmidt

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

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

Address
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

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