Southampton County Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Ticket Lawyer

 Southampton, Virginia Mattox Law traffic attorney

Located just north of the North Carolina border with Virginia, the majority of traffic violations in Southampton occur on US Routes 460, 35, and 58.  Throughout Southampton the speed limit reduces as you pass through the small towns such as Courtland, Ivor, Boykins, Capron, Branchville, and Newsoms.  Often you will find an officer just on the other side of the lesser speed limit sign waiting for drivers who are not paying attention.

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.

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.

Defending Reckless Driving and Speeding Cases

Virginia is among the stricter states regarding traffic enforcement of speeding. Often drives are shocked when they receive a Reckless Driving ticket for speeding. In Virginia, simply driving over 80 mph will land you a severe charge of reckless driving. This raises a routine speeding infraction to a class 1 misdemeanor.  If you are convicted of reckless driving you may be facing increased insurance rates, high fines, points on your driving record, and a license suspension. Not only that, a conviction of Reckless Driving put a Class 1 misdemeanor on your criminal record for 11 years. Reckless driving is not something that should be taken lightly and never prepaid.

Trey Mattox has represented countless clients charged with Reckless Driving and Speeding has a history of having charges reduced or dismissed, saving clients hundreds of dollars in fines and insurance premiums, and preserving their driving privileges. He has become very familiar with Virginia speeding laws and knows what is required of officers making certain all possible legal strategies are pursued. 

DUI Representation

A conviction for a DUI in Virginia is a severe offense that carries harsh consequences and even jail time. As a class 1 misdemeanor, a DUI conviction carries a maximum fine of $2,500, 12 month license suspension, and a 12 month jail sentence. Upon conviction of an elevated DUI, the judge has mandatory minimum sentences that must be enforced. DUI’s vary case by case as there are so many things that go into consideration such as the defendant's blood alcohol content and any previous convictions. Often there are arguable situations in a DUI case that can be used for leverage in a plea deal if not dismissal. In order to get the best possible result for your case, it is important to hire an attorney who is willing to take the time to review every detail to bring light to any possible defense and be there for you during the complicated aftermath.

Southampton General District Court

The judge in Southampton is very strict in what he likes to do in certain situations and what he will and will not accept as evidence in a case. Failure to properly follow his requirements often results in a conviction. It is very important to hire an attorney familiar with this judge to get you 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 or call at (804)-451-6033 for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Southampton traffic case.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Southampton General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts
5th Judicial District of Virginia

Ms Belinda J. Jones

Phone: (757) 653-2673
Fax: (757) 653-2656

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

P. O. Box 347
22350 Main Street
Courtland, VA 23837-0347

General District Judges

  • Hon. W. Parker Councill, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Alfred W. Bates III, Chief Judge
  • Hon. James A. Moore

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