Southampton County Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Ticket Attorney

 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 Ivor, Boykins, Capron, Courtland, 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.

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 points on your driving record, increased insurance rates, high fines, 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 12 month license suspension, fine of $2,500, 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.

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 one year in jail, $2500 fine, and 6 month license suspension.  Additionally,  there are many secondary consequences such as points on your driving record, license suspensions due to accumulation of points, increased insurance premiums, 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.

    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 a call at (804)-451-6033 or email at for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Southampton traffic case.

    • Speedometer Calibration
    • 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.
    • Community Service

    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 phone (804) 451-6033 or  email

    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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