Traffic Offenses Lawyer in Northern Virginia
Virginia traffic laws are designed to keep all drivers safe and law enforcement takes these laws very seriously. But even the most careful drivers make mistakes and may find themselves with a traffic ticket.
If you’ve received a ticket for a traffic offense, make sure you understand the circumstances of your charge, the associated penalties, and your rights for fighting the ticket. Some traffic offenses are civil offenses that could cause your insurance rates to go up. However, other traffic offenses are criminal misdemeanors that carry possible sentences of up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Contact J. Madison PLC to protect your rights.
The J. Madison PLC legal team has years of experience and has handled thousands of traffic court cases. J. Madison PLC can help you assess your situation and plan the best strategy to minimize or eliminate any potential consequences that you face.
Common Traffic Offenses
Traffic regulation laws are listed under Title 46.2 of the Virginia Code. Perhaps the most common traffic offense committed by individuals is speeding. Speed limit laws are defined in VA Code 46.2-870. Although many people believe they have a cushion of a few miles per hour that they can exceed the speed limit without receiving a ticket, a police officer can pull over a driver who is exceeding the speed limit by just 1 mile per hour.
Reckless driving by speed is another common charge in Virginia, and occurs when a driver exceeds the speed limit by at least 20 mph or drives over 80 mph regardless of the speed limit (46.2-862). While to many this may seem like a minor offense, it is actually a class 1 misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Other common traffic offenses include disregarding traffic signs (46.2-830), not safely and properly passing other vehicles (46.2-838), making an illegal U-turn (46.2-845), and more. All of these traffic offenses can have serious consequences for your driving record, especially if committed on more than one occasion.
Penalties for Traffic Offenses
The penalties for traffic offenses will be different based on the individual offense charged, but in many cases, such as speeding or disregarding a traffic signal, a police officer will issue a ticket with a fine, and demerit points may be added to your driving record. In Virginia, your license may be suspended if you receive 12 or more demerit points. These more minor traffic offenses usually do not constitute criminal offenses but can still damage your driving record, cost you a fine, and increase your insurance premiums.
However, other offenses have more strict penalties. Serious traffic offenses, such as reckless driving, passing a stopped school bus, or DUI, are considered misdemeanors and may even result in jail time or immediate suspension of your license. These more serious driving offenses can affect your ability to receive or maintain a security clearance.
Defending Against a Traffic Offense
If you were pulled over and received a ticket for a traffic offense, you may wish to simply pay the associated fine and move on with your life, especially if it’s a minor speeding ticket. But before you make your payment, make sure you understand your charge and your rights. Paying a traffic ticket is the equivalent of pleading guilty. You may be able to fight your charge to have your fine or other penalties reduced or even dismissed. For traffic misdemeanors like reckless driving, just paying the fine is simply not an option. Those charges require you to go to court because you are facing the possibility of going to jail.
Don’t let a one-time traffic mistake compromise your record or jeopardize your freedom. Before it’s too late, consult with an experienced traffic attorney. The J. Madison PLC team will look closely at your case and work with you to create the best defense possible.
J. Madison PLC: Fighting for You
J. Madison PLC is a law firm in Northern Virginia that provides both employment and criminal legal defense services. Our attorneys are experienced, compassionate, and will make you their number one priority at every step of the way.
If you want to fight your traffic ticket, come to court prepared with the best legal defense possible. Contact J. Madison PLC today at (703) 910-5062.
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