Washington, D.C., is known not only for being the capital of the U.S., the center of government, a city with impressive monuments and museums, parks and recreational opportunities, but also for a less desirable element: its legendary traffic.
Survey after survey shows that D.C.-area residents have one of the worst commutes in the country, if not THE worst. And, Fairfax County, Va., might be ground zero for the most difficult stretch of road in the entire metropolitan area. Have you ever been on I-66 during rush hour? Then you know how it can quickly become a parking lot.
Many other roads in Fairfax County get clogged with cars on a regular basis, including the Beltway’s western loop, Routes 50 and 267, 28 and 29, and the Fairfax County Parkway. All of these routes create conditions where it’s easy to incur a traffic violation.
Here are several ways that traffic tickets can be earned in regions where roadways are especially choked:
You can end up far behind the intersection in a line of cars, then get to the intersection right when the light turns red—and you are already far past the solid white line.
You move slowly for miles, then have a breakaway and are in a hurry. Before you know it, you are in a pack of speeding cars, all exceeding the posted limit. You have to speed to avoid being a hazard, in some cases.
You know that if you wait through another light in heavy traffic, you will be late for your huge appointment. So, you fail to stop completely before making a right turn on red.
When you are stopped and receive a ticket from a patrol officer, or you have one mailed to you after a camera snaps a photo of your license plate at an intersection, a natural tendency is to pay the fine and move on. However, don’t ever forget that mistakes are sometimes made in reading speeds, and breathalyzer tests are not always accurate. In addition, law enforcement officers commit mistakes in procedure when they flag you for a DUI or charge you with reckless driving.
Before you meekly pay your fine or admit guilt at a hearing, contact a Fairfax traffic defense lawyer and find out if you have a chance at getting your charge and sentence/fine reduced. This could be extremely important if you have had other violations on your record and face a loss of driving privileges or jail time.
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Michael Robinson has vast experience defending his clients in the Northern Virginia area. He has served as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney in several areas of Virginia, so he knows how the prosecution will approach your case, and he has an intimate knowledge of traffic law in the Old Dominion.
Don’t admit guilt without getting a free consultation with Attorney Michael A. Robinson. An admission of guilt means that you waive all right to a trial, and your next car insurance bill might bring a nasty surprise rate hike due to your driving record. In addition, your employment contract might hinge on you having a valid driver’s license, and no traffic violation is worth losing a job over!
Contact Attorney Michael A. Robinson and get the help you need to move past a traffic violation and on with your life. Even though it’s often hard to sit in Fairfax County traffic, it’s better than not having the right to drive.
Unlike most states, the Commonwealth of Virginia classifies reckless driving as a class 1 misdemeanor offense. There are several types of reckless driving, from excessive speed to illegally passing a school bus. If you’ve been charged with reckless driving in Fairfax, Loudoun or Prince William County, discuss your options with an experienced criminal attorney today. If convicted of reckless driving in Virginia, the DMV will add 6 demerit points to your record, which is Virginia’s maximum number of demerit points for any offense. Additionally, the reckless driving charge will remain on your driving record for 11 years.
1. Reckless Driving, Generally (Va. Code § 46.2-852)
2. Reckless by Speed (Va. Code §46.2-862 (i) & (ii) )
3. Reckless by Excessive Speed for the Conditions (Va. Code § 46.2-861)
4. Reckless in Parking Lot (Va. Code § 46.2-864)
5. Reckless by Passing a School Bus (Va. Code §46.2-859)
6. Reckless by Improper Control/Faulty Brakes (Va. Code § 46.2-853)
7. Reckless by Passing on a Curve (Va. Code § 46.2-854)
8. Reckless by Passing Two Vehicles Abreast (Va. Code §46.2-856)
9. Reckless by Driving Two Abreast in a Single Lane (Va. Code § 46.2-857)
10. Reckless by Passing at a Railroad or Pedestrian Crossing (Va. Code § 46.2-858)
11. Reckless by Failing to Signal (Va. Code § 46.2-860)
12. Reckless by Failure to Yield (Va. Code § 46.2-863
13. Reckless by Racing (Va. Code § 46.2-865)
14. Reckless by Driving with Impaired Control/View Because of Passengers (Va. Code § 46.2-855)
Reckless driving in Virginia may carry not only short-term but also long-term consequences. The penalties of a reckless driving conviction vary according to the specifics in each case. If convicted of reckless driving in Virginia, you may face one or more of the following:
·Maximum fine of $2,500
·Up to 6 month license suspension
·Maximum 12 month jail sentence
·Increase in insurance costs
·Security clearance issues
·11 year criminal record
·DMV demerit points
·Loss of employment
Most of us, if not all of us, have driven an automobile in excess of the posted speed limit. If ticketed for speeding, most simply pre-pay the ticket so they can avoid the inconvenience of going to court. However, pre-paying a ticket is an admission of guilt – and the court will find you guilty. You will be fined, and DMV will be notified and your insurance premiums may increase. There are technical defenses to speeding, most notably, the officer’s method by which he determined your speed. Typically, speeding cases involve either LIDAR, RADAR or PACE. It’s important for a Speeding Ticket Attorney to know which method the officer used to determine your speed and know the methods by which to attack that evidence. It’s also imperative that the attorney knows your case inside and out, as officers can make mistakes identifying the car that was speeding and also during trial.
Yes. Hiring an attorney is worth it. You may be able to calculate the cost of the ticket, but can you calculate the insurance cost? Everyone always says that they will never get a second ticket, but what if you do? A good driving record can be gone over night, and if you go to court to fight the second ticket, your first ticket will appear for the judge and prosecutor to see. You will lose credibility and you cannot rely on the defense that “I’m a good driver” anymore. Every ticket is worthy of defending. Your driving record is an indicator of who you are, and your ability to follow the law. Take it seriously.
A good speeding ticket attorney can analyze your case and determine how to attack the evidence. The attorney also knows how to bolster his or her client’s chances through pre-trial tactics like: Driver Improvement Schools, Aggressive Driver Clinics, Speedometer Calibration Checks, and/or Community Service.
Even if the attorney is unable to persuade the prosecutor to dismiss your case, there are potential reductions that can be negotiated. There are 3-point violations and 4-point violations for speeding. However, there are also infractions that carry zero (0) points, most notably: Defective Equipment and Failure to Pay Full Time and Attention. A zero-point violation should have a minimal impact on insurance premiums.
1-9 MPH over speed limit – 3-Point DMV Violation
10-19 MPH over speed limit – 4-Point DMV Violation
20+ MPH over speed limit – 6-Point DMV Violation
Generally, $6 per MPH over the posted speed limit plus a $51 processing fee
School Crossing Zone: $7 per MPH over speed limit plus a $51 processing fee, Max Fine: $250
Highway Work Zone: $7 per MPH over speed limit plus a $51 processing fee, Max Fine: $500
Residential Districts: $200 fine plus $8 per MPH over speed limit plus a $51 processing fee.
No portion of the fine will be suspended unless the court orders the completion of 20 hours of community service
Reckless Driving by Speed: Up to 12 months in jail, a $2500 fine, either or both, and a potential loss of license for up to 6 months
With nearly 800 traffic fatalities per year in the state, Virginia takes Reckless Driving very seriously, and law enforcement is not shy about issuing tickets to citizens, even when they have the discretion to give “breaks” for even borderline infractions. In fact, nearly one third of these fatalities are a result of motorists traveling at high speeds. With such staggering statistics, the issuance of Reckless Driving tickets is quite common in Virginia. Unfortunately, what is almost as common is that many of these charges are given to individuals who otherwise, have strong driving records and don’t typically lead reckless lives. Everyone makes mistakes from time to time – ensuring you have proper legal representation to handle your Reckless Driving charge should not be the next mistake you make.
Many believe their ticket should be viewed as face value and elect to accept the charge, and suffer the long term consequences they often bring. What many do not realize is that a Reckless Driving conviction can come with extreme results. Not the least of which can include points, heavy fines, and in some cases even jail time. Longer term effects can include insurance increases, and even loss of wages and/or employment for individuals whose jobs rely on a clean driving record.
Don’t accept the high risks at stake. At Robinson Law, attorney Michael Robinson boasts a long list of success stories in his defense of Virginia Reckless Driving cases. As he encourages with all of his clients, do your homework. Call Michael today at 888-579-8778 or complete an online case evaluation for your free case consultation. Use this time to leverage Michael’s expertise as a former prosecutor as well as a proven Defense Attorney to learn what your options are, and take control over the outcome of your charge.
It’s a fair question. I personally believe that when it comes to diving, you should be judged on the totality of your driving history, not on one isolated moment in time. If you were to take a poll, I think judges feel the same way. However, here is the problem: Judges do not have time to look at everyone’s driving history before making a decision on the case. If that were the case, they would be there all day and night, as typically courts have hundreds of cases to dispose of each day.
They make the decision on whether or not the person committed the offense, and then they will ask the officer about the person’s DMV point balance. The point balance has nothing to do with the judge’s decision on whether or not to find you innocent or guilty, it’s usually to determine how much of a fine to assess, or whether or not to take your license. By the time the judge asks about a point balance, the decision about guilt or innocence has usually been made. I’ve seen so many stunned faces when this happens. It is at this point they realize, they should have retained an attorney.
If you have been found guilty of Reckless Driving, you have the right to appeal your conviction de novo (new) to the Circuit Court of the jurisdiction you are charged. However, you have only 10 days to note your appeal from the date of the conviction.
There are three main reasons you should hire an attorney for a Reckless Driving charge in Fairfax and Northern Virginia:
Pre-Court advice and strategy:
A good Reckless Driving attorney can look at the facts of your case and guide you on things you can do before going to court that can help build a stronger defense and/or mitigate the severity of the charge. Some things that may be helpful are:
Driver’s Improvement Clinic
Aggressive Driver’s Improvement ClinicSpeedometer CalibrationCommunity ServiceAccess and relationship to the prosecutor/Negotiations:
It’s always good to hire an attorney who is familiar with the jurisdiction you are facing the Reckless Driving charge. It’s very common that defense attorneys know the prosecutors or law enforcement on a personal level, or have worked with them before. Sometimes, relationships matter. I would hire an attorney familiar with the jurisdiction, rather than an outsider.
Trial: Attacking the evidence:
When you cannot reach an advantageous settlement in your case, a good Reckless Driving Attorney must know how to attack the evidence during a trial. In Reckless Driving by speed cases, Laser, Radar and Pace are the most typical methods used by law enforcement to calculate speed. A good attorney must know how to overcome these issues and levy an effective attack on the Commonwealth’s case. In other Reckless Driving cases, it will be more about the driving behavior than the overall speed of travel. A good attorney will know the facts of your case inside-out. They will have taken the time to thoroughly research the issues in your case, and will be prepared to litigate on your behalf.
Punishable by up to 12 months in jail, and up to a $2500 fine
6-points on your Driving Record
A potential loss of license for up to 6-months
Some Reckless Driving charges are reduced to Improper Driving – §46.2-869
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