Reckless Driving Enforcement in Sussex County
Along I-95, you can often find members of the Sussex Sherriff’s Department as well as the Virginia State Police Department in various speed traps. The posted speed on the section of Interstate 95 that runs through Sussex County is 70 mph. Therefore, traveling only 11 mph over the speed limit is considered Reckless Driving in according to the Code of Virginia.
“§ 46.2-862. Exceeding speed limit. 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.”
Before You Prepay Your Ticket
If you pay your ticket before court, as opposed to either going in person or hiring a lawyer, you are pleading guilty. In this event, you forfeit the ability to fight your reckless driving charge. Consequently, you are defaulting to a reckless driving conviction. This conviction will stay on your criminal record for life.
Repercussions of a Misdemeanor on Your Record From a Reckless Driving Ticket conviction
A misdemeanor on your criminal record can take a serious toll on your professional life. If your job requires you to have either a CDL or a Security Clearance, a Reckless Driving conviction will put your career on the line. Those who are looking for a job or switching careers will be affected as well. Many jobs require you to declare misdemeanor convictions on applications; this will make you a less competitive candidate.
Increased Insurance Rates
Reckless Driving adds 6 points to your driving record in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This results in substantially higher car insurance premiums. Recently a lady hired me because her insurance company informed her that her rate would nearly double with this on her record. Prior to this she had never received a ticket.
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How to Handle Your Reckless Driving Charge
Hire a Lawyer or Go to Court in Person
The two ways to potential get your reckless driving ticket reduced or dismissed are to either hire someone to go to court for you or appear in front of the judge in person. Of these two options, it is often best to hire legal council to ensure your case is handled properly. A lawyer who is familiar with the court’s policies knows how to best prepare and present your case. He/she will be able to properly advise you on both what to expect and what you can do to help your case. If ticketed with a high speed, such as over 90 mph, careful preparation is required to achieve a good outcome. When choosing an attorney, it is very important to pick someone with experience with both the court you are summoned to and the charge you are ticketed with. An ideal lawyer is one who is focused on Traffic Law with a focus on reckless driving defense. You will also want to confirm that he or she practices in Sussex General District Court regularly.
Hiring me to defend your reckless driving charge
If you are interested in consulting with an attorney for your ticket, call or email my office as soon as possible. I am usually in Sussex Traffic Court weekly. As such, I will be able to accurately advise you on what you can expect from my representation. My fees are fair for the services I provide.
By Daniel Leavitt,
Attorney at Law