What’s the big deal about getting a speeding ticket in Virginia?
Being charged with a traffic offense may not seem as serious as it actually is. In Virginia, traffic offenses may range anywhere from a minor infraction to a misdemeanor or even a felony. Convictions for certain traffic offenses can result in a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. They can result in loss your driver’s license, substantial fines, and even jail sentences. Moving violations can result in demerit points on your driving record that may cause your insurance rates to go up or your insurance policy to cancel your coverage.
I was only going 81 mph on the Interstate. Why am I charged with Reckless Driving?
In Virginia, operating your vehicle at 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit or operating your vehicle at 80 miles per hour, regardless of the speed limit, is a misdemeanor which carries a $2,500 fine and potential jail time, as well as a loss of your privilege to drive in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Driving on Suspended License – What happens now?
If your license has been suspended, and you are charged with operating a vehicle after that suspension, you may be facing jail time as well as an additional suspension of your license. This is also a misdemeanor charge, and if convicted, you will have a criminal record following you for the rest of your life. Three convictions for this crime will result in mandatory jail time.
No Operator’s License – What’s the penalty?
Driving without a valid operator’s license is also a misdemeanor charge that can result in jail time and substantial fines. A conviction for this charge will appear on your criminal record.
What are the consequences of DUI / DWI in Virginia?
In Virginia, if you are operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you are facing the possibility of jail. This is a class one misdemeanor, and depending on the amount of alcohol in your system and whether or not you have had a previous DWI conviction, you may be facing mandatory jail time. Additionally, a conviction for DWI can result in the loss of your privilege to drive, substantial fines, and the loss of your current automobile insurance. An experienced attorney can help you obtain a more favorable outcome or even an acquittal.
How serious is Hit and Run in Virginia?
If you have been involved in an accident where you failed to provide the statutorily required information before leaving the scene, you may be facing charges for hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident. Depending on possible injuries or the amount of damage, you may be facing a misdemeanor or even a felony conviction.
Do I Need an Attorney For a Traffic Case?
A traffic attorney fighting for you can be the difference between a conviction or an acquittal. With the Smith Firm, PLLC on your side, you can be assured that your rights will be protected. We will defend any traffic charges you may be facing, and will fight to get you the best possible outcome.
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