Reckless Driving Tickets in Dinwiddie County
The Virginia State Police as well as the Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Department can often be found alongside Interstate 85. In the past few years, there has been an increase in Reckless Driving and speeding enforcement by these two departments. Given that the speed limit on most of I-85 is 70 mph, traveling only 11 mph over is reckless driving in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Reckless Driving in Virginia
If you are found guilty of reckless driving in Dinwiddie, it will have many negative effects such as:
- Increased inurance rates
- Job consequences (loss of CDL and Security Clearance)
- Points on your driving record
- Possibility of a suspended license
With consequences as serious as these, it is very important to try to get these amended to a lesser charge.
Getting your charge reduced
In Virginia, there are only two possible avenues to get your charge reduced: going to court in person or hiring an attorney.
Going in person
In theory, it is possible to appear in front of the judge without an attorney and achieve a desireable outcome. However, there are issues with going this route:
- To represent yourself, you must drive all the way to court even if you’re out of state.
- A defendant will not be familiar with the court/judge’s procedures.
- Due to the anxiety of appearing in front of a judge, most defandants have trouble maintaining enough composure to defend themselves to the degree they plan to.
Overall, it is worth the money to have an experienced lawyer go in your place.
Hiring a Lawyer
Most people who receive reckless driving tickets (and take their charge seriously) will hire an attorney. This is due to the advantages a lawyer has over the common defendant. Lawyers have familiarity and experience in traffic court and know how to properly handle these charges. Additionally, you can find representation in the same locality as the court you are summoned to appear in. Please note that a lawyer will be given no special deals or treatment by a judge. The advantages are strictly due to experience.
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How to choose a traffic attorney
Look for experience
The most important factor when choosing a lawyer is finding someone with a lot of experience in defending reckless driving charges. An experienced attorney will know all the laws surrounding your charge as well as every possible way to defend them. He/she will also be able to fully advise you on what to expect and give you instructions before court on what you can do to help your case.
Find someone who is familiar with Dinwiddie Traffic Court
It is crucial to find legal council from someone who has familiarity in the court you are summoned to appear in. A lawyer who has been practiced in Dinwiddie General District Court a multitude of times will have the best chance of getting the best possible outcome in your case. This is due to the fact that he/she will know all of the judge’s policies. For example, some judges like to see a defendant complete driving school before court while others do not.
Hiring me for your reckless driving ticket
Call me today!
If you have a reckless driving or speeding ticket in Dinwiddie County, VA, contact me as soon as possible to discuss your case. I will advise on what you can expect from my representation as well as what you can do to help get the best possible outcome. My fees are very reasonable for the services I provide. I am very experienced in Dinwiddie Traffic Court as I am there almost every week. Additionally, over 90% of law practice is focused on Reckless Driving defense.
by Daniel P. Leavitt,
Attorney at Law