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

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 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.

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, license suspension, 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.

    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 call (804) 451-6033 or email trey@mattoxlawpc.com for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Spotsylvania traffic case.

    Community Service

    Speedometer Calibration

    Driving School

     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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