Spotsylvania Reckless Driving and Speeding 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 DUI, Speeding, possession of marijuana, underage possession of alcohol, following too close, driving on a suspended license, and failure to maintain control.  Mattox Law represent individuals charged with traffic crimes and infractions throughout Spotsylvania county including McHenry, Arcadia, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Margo, Brandon, Lewiston, Massaponax, Belmont,  and Thornburg.

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, from those traveling on 58.  As a class 1 misdemeanor, reckless driving carries very significant penalties including a $2,500 fine, six month license suspension, and 12 months in jail.  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!

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

DUI Representation

A conviction for a DUI in Virginia carries very extreme consequences and can often lead to time in jail.  Similar to reckless driving, a first offense DUI is a class 1 misdemeanor which has a maximum $2,500 fine, 12 month license suspension, and 12 months jail sentence.  Additionally, there are mandatory minimum sentences which must be enforced by the judge upon conviction of an elevated DUI.  A DUI can become elevated due to the defendants blood alcohol content and previous DUI convictions.  There are too many scenarios to list here, but I would invite you to contact me so that we can discuss your case and whether any of these factors would apply to your case.

Trey analyzes each case with extreme care in order to bring to light any possible defenses which can be used in trial.  This careful analysis can become important not only at trail but also during negotiations with the prosecutor.  There are often questionable situations in a DUI case, which may not be significant enough to lead to a dismissal but can be used as leverage for a better plea agreement.  It is extremely important to contact an attorney who is willing to spend the time to go over every detail in order to get the best possible result for your case. 

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. 

The Commonwealth’s Attorney or prosecutor in Spotsylvania is William F. Neely.  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 or Reckless Driving charges under 100 miles per hour; however, for more serious offenses such as Driving on a Suspended License, DUI, 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 call or email for addition suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Spotsylvania traffic case.

Driving School

Speedometer Calibration

Community Service

 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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