Stafford Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Lawyer

Have you received a reckless driving summons in Stafford County, Virginia?  Contact Stafford, Virginia traffic attorney Trey Mattox for a free consultation today, email trey@mattoxlawpc.com or phone 804-451-6033

Stafford Virginia Reckless Driving and Speeding Attorney

Stafford County is located along interstate 95 just north of Spotsylvania County and Fredericksburg and just south of Prince William County, Virginia.  The speed limit on interstate 95 through the majority of Stafford 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 speeding, possession of marijuana, DUI, 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 Stafford county including Ruby, Falmouth, Aquia Harbour, Mountain View, Brooke, White Oak, Garrisonville, Hartwood, and Settlers Landing.

What is Reckless Driving Speeding in Virginia?

The most common form of reckless driving in Virginia is reckless driving by speed.  If you received a reckless driving ticket in Virginia it was most likely written under this code section:

Virginia Code 46.2-862:
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.

Among the reckless driving code sections, § 46.2-862 is by far the most frequently used.  This statute strictly refers to the speed at which you are driving without any regard to your manner of driving.  This statute defines reckless driving in two ways.  The first section of this statute mandates that you can be convicted of reckless driving for traveling 20 or more miles per hour above the speed limit.  The second section defines reckless driving as driving over 80 miles per hour no matter the posted speed limit.  This section becomes particularly troublesome on highways with 70 mile per hour speed limits.  The speed limit on Interstate 95 in Stafford 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.  

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.

What is Reckless Driving; General Rule

If you have received a Virginia reckless driving ticket and the charge was unrelated to speed it likely will fall under reckless driving; general rule.  This statute allows a police officer to charge you with reckless driving if he believes you were driving in a manner that endangers life or property.  

Virginia Code 46.2-852:
Irrespective of the maximum speeds permitted by law, any person who drives a vehicle on any highway recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person shall be guilty of reckless driving.

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, license suspensions due to accumulation of points, points on your driving record, and failed criminal background checks.

STAFFORD GENERAL DISTRICT COURT 

The Stafford General District Court is located at 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, Virginia.  

It is important to retain counsel who has established very good working relationships with the Stafford Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.  The Commonwealth’s Attorney or prosecutor does not typically get involved in reckless driving or speeding charges under 100 miles per hour; however, for more serious offenses such as DUI, 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 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 judges rules.  Below please find links to blog articles describing some of the mitigation evidence I use to defend my clients.  Please give me am email trey@mattoxlawpc.com or call (804) 451-6033 for addition suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Stafford traffic case.

Driving School

Speedometer Calibration

Community Service

 If you have been pulled over in Stafford County please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.  I offer free consultations and am available by email trey@mattoxlawpc.com or phone (804) 451-6033.

Stafford General District Court 15th Judicial District of Virginia

Clerk
Ms Nicole B. McGuire
email: nmcguire@courts.state.va.us

 Phone/Fax
Traffic/Criminal - (540) 658-8935
Civil - (540) 658-4641
Fax: (540) 658-4834

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

Address
P. O. Box 940
1300 Courthouse Road
The Judicial Center
Stafford, VA 22555-0940

General District Judges

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

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