Spotsylvania County Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Attorney

Spotsylvania County is located along interstate 95 just north of Caroline County and just south of the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The speed limit on interstate 95 through the majority of Spotsylvania is 70 miles per hour.  Therefore, many of my clients are faced with a Reckless Driving charge for traveling over 80 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone.  Mattox Law also represents clients with driving on a suspended license, following too close, DUISpeeding, underage possession of alcohol, possession of marijuana, and failure to maintain control.  Mattox Law represent individuals charged with traffic crimes and infractions throughout Spotsylvania county including Margo, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Brandon, McHenry, Massaponax, Chancellorsville, Lewiston, Belmont, and Thornburg.

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 points on your driving record, high fines, 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.

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. 

The speed limit on Interstate 85 through the entirety of Spotsylvania County is 70 miles per hour.  Therefore, according to the statute going as little as 11 miles per hour over the speed limit can result in a conviction for reckless driving.  However, in I also see a fair number of traditional reckless driving tickets, 20 miles per hour or more over the speed 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 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.

Spotsylvania General District Court 

The Spotsylvania General District Court is located at 9111 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, Virginia.  The Spotsylvania courthouse has a small town feel and everyone I work with is very nice and friendly.  The presiding judge in the Spotsylvania General District Court is Judge Ricardo Rigual who is a very far and reasonable. 

It is important to retain counsel who has established very good working relationships with the Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.  The Commonwealth’s Attorney or prosecutor does not typically get involved in Speeding charges under 100 miles per hour; however, for more serious offenses such as Reckless Driving, Driving 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.

There are several tasks that I frequently have my clients complete prior to their scheduled court date in order to ensure the best possible outcome.  Alternatively, the judge in Spotsylvania will often have additional requirements before he is willing to reduce your charge.   The judge requires each of these items to be presented in the proper form.  Failure to follow every requirement can result in a conviction.  When looking for an attorney to represent you please be careful to speak with someone who is knowledgeable of the judge’s rules.  Below please find links to blog articles describing some of the mitigation evidence I use to defend my clients.  Please give me a email trey@mattoxlawpc.com or call (804) 451-6033 for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Spotsylvania 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.  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.  
  • 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. 
  • 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 Spotsylvania 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 trey@mattoxlawpc.com.

Spotsylvania General District Court 15th Judicial District of Virginia

Clerk
Ms Kyra Lynn Bullock

 Phone
Phone: (540) 507-7680

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

Address
P. O. Box 339
9111 Courthouse Road
Judicial Center, 1st Floor
Spotsylvania, VA 22553-0339

General District Judges

  • Hon. Richard T. McGrath, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. John R. Stevens, Chief Judge
  • Hon. David B. Caddell Jr.
  • Hon. Hugh S. Campbell
  • Hon. John S. Martin
  • Hon. Robert Eric Reibach
  • Hon. J. Bruce Strickland

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