Sussex County Virginia Reckless Driving Speeding Traffic Ticket Lawyer

Sussex has become notorious for their enforcement of traffic violations primarily along U.S Route 460 or Interstate 95.  This reputation stems in large part from the town of Waverly, which travels through the county of Sussex.  When Route 460 enters Waverly the speed limit is 55, but quickly drops to 45 and shortly thereafter to 35 miles per hour, all in a very brief distance. Many of my clients simply miss a sign and find themselves traveling much farther over the limit than intended.  In addition to Waverly, Mattox Law represents clients who receive traffic infractions and crimes throughout Sussex County including Yale, Stoney Creek, Homeville, Grizzard, Wakefield, and Capron.

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. 

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 dismissed or reduced.  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 variations 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 95 through Sussex 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 Sussex I see a fair number of traditional reckless driving tickets, 20 miles per hour or more over the speed limit, due to the tricky nature of Waverly. 

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.

Sussex General District Court

The traffic docket in Sussex is split between two days and two judges.  Each judge is particular in what they like to do in certain situations and what they will and will not accept as evidence in a case.  Failure to properly follow the requirements each judge sets will often result in a conviction.  It is very important to retain an attorney familiar with each judge in order in ensure you get 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 give me a call at (804)-451-6033 or email at trey@mattoxlawpc.com for additional suggestions on mitigation evidence for your Sussex traffic case.

  • 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.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 - 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.

It is also important to retain an attorney who has established very good working relationships with the Sussex Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.  The Commonwealth’s Attorney or prosecutor does not typically get involved in Reckless Driving or Speeding charges; however, for more serious offenses such as DUIDriving 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.

If you have been pulled over in Sussex 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.

Sussex General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts
6th Judicial District of Virginia

Clerk
Ms Faye Parham Yelverton
email: fyelverton@courts.state.va.us

 Phone/Fax
Phone: (434) 848-2315
Fax: (434) 848-2550

Clerk's Office Hours
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Address
P. O. Box 1315
15098 Courthouse Road
State Route 735
Sussex, VA 23884

General District Judges

  • Hon. Stephen D. Bloom, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. C. Ridley Bain
  • Hon. Bruce A. Clark Jr.
  • Hon. H. Lee Townsend III

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