Have you received a Virginia speeding ticket and wondering about the consequences? Then you are in the right place to find information on how to beat a Virginia speeding ticket.
The laws governing speeding tickets vary from state to state. That is why you need to know the consequences of your Virginia traffic ticket prior to making a decision that will effect your driving privileges and your auto insurance premiums.
If you have a Commercial Drivers License the laws have changed and you need to be aware of the danger to your livelihood of just paying a Virginia speeding ticket. There is a special section below just for CDL truck drivers.
Of course the best way to avoid a traffic ticket is to obey the law. However this may get you completely run over on most Virginia Interstates. Our experience on the interstates has been that as long as you are not doing more than 10mph over the limit then you are unlikely to receive a ticket from a Virginia State Trooper. They just have so many others to pick from. However in many Virginia towns they mean exactly what they say.
The problem with a traffic ticket is that is likely to increase your insurance premiums. Your insurance rates depend on many factors including your credit report. Since the cost of insurance can be a major expense you need to do everything you can to keep your auto insurance premiums down.
Keeping Virginia speeding and reckless driving tickets off your record is the best way to be sure that you are eligible for any discounts or special rates that may be offered. If you only have a speeding ticket start by calling the clerk of court to see if you are eligible for Virginia Traffic School. If you are eligible that is probably your best option since your chances of completely beating the ticket are slim. Here is the link for more information:
If you are not eligible for traffic school you may want to consider taking the school for the 5 safe driver points. Some judges may take this in to consideration when you appear in court. The clerk of court is your best source of information on a particular judge. Virginia speeding tickets stay on your record for five years. If you are going to court and have a clean record, get a certified copy from the Virginia DMV to give to your attorney of to show the prosecutor. It is important to keep your record clean in order to get the best auto insurance rates and to help should you get a major Virginia reckless driving violation.
To check your exact traffic violation find the statue number on the ticket and then the applicable Virginia Driving Law
Virginia Reckless Driving Ticket
Virgina is cracking down on excessive speeding, especially in Fairfax County on the Dulles Toll road and Wythe County. If you are cited for 20mph over the speed limit or at a speed greater than 80 mph then you may be facing the very serious charge of reckless driving. In Virginia this is a criminal violation and a mandatory court appearance. The judge has the option of fining you up to 2500 plus one year in jail. Jail time is unusual but does happen, especially if your speed exceeded 100mph. They will put you in cuffs and you will go straight to jail.
You should always contest a VA reckless driving charge. If there were no other issues during the traffic stop, most Virginia courts will reduce the violation to a simple 20mph over the limit Virginia speeding ticket. However this still carries a stiff six point count with the possibility of a major increase in you auto insurance and a fine in the neighborhood of $500. If you are a VA driver, you will be subject to the reckless driving $1050 surcharge payable to the VA DMV on top of the court fine if the judge does not reduce.
We strongly recommend that you retain a Virginia lawyer for any major speeding or traffic violation but especially if you receive a VA reckless driving or DUI citation. A Virginia attorney can represent you at your arraignment and can usually negotiate for you so you do not have to appear in court. No one can guarantee what will happen in court and we cannot guarantee that you will be satisfied with representation from the Virginia attorneys we recommend. However, we have verified each firms reputation and have received positive feedback.
Virginia Attorney Referrals
Virginia Reckless Driving Attorney
VIRGINIA RECKLESS DRIVING AND DUI LEGAL HELP
Price Benowitz, LLP 4015 Chain Bridge Road Suite 30 Fairfax, Virginia 22030 Phone: (703) 957-7070 Toll Free: (888) 415-8090 Website: Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer
Ann Thayer manages the Virginia DUI and Virginia Reckless Driving legal practice for Price Benowitz LLP. Ms. Thayer and her team will work tirelessly to protect your rights and aggressively fight your Virginia DUI or Virginia reckless driving charges. Click on the link to their Virginia Reckless Driving web page for more information about reckless driving charges. They practice in the Virginia courts located in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Hampton Roads, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Tidewater, Virginia Beach, Loudon, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Nottoway, Brunswick , Mecklenburg, and Lunenburg Counties.
Bristol Virginia Traffic Attorney Brandon Snodgrass has extensive experience representing clients who have been charged with reckless driving, DWI-DUI drunk driving, drug possession, and all other misdemeanors and felonies. He represents local clients and out-of-state drivers who may have gotten speeding or reckless driving tickets while traveling through Virginia on Interstate 77.
Snodgrass Law Firm 380 Porterfield Highway Abingdon, VA 24210 276-676-2660 Phone 1-800-365-5087 Toll Free Phone 276-676-2667 Fax firstname.lastname@example.org
Brandon handles Abingdon, Bristol, Washington County, Russell County, and Smyth County Virginia.
Wythe County seems to be one big Virginia speeding ticket trap with officers issuing reckless driving tickets for 81 or 82 mph on the interstate. You can avoid the mandatory court appearance by contacting the Virginia legal firm of:
Clinton S. Kegley Robin J. Kegley Galumbeck, Dennis & Kegley Attorneys at Law 200 South 8th Street Wytheville, VA 24382 Toll Free: 800-755-6060 Telephone: 276-228-6060 Fax: 276-228-7573
They handle traffic tickets and DUI cases in Wythe, Pulaski, Carroll, and Montgomey counties. You do not need to wait until your court date is near. A continuance is not guaranteed and they need time to contact the court and schedule an appearance on your behalf. Contact them as soon as possible after receiving the ticket.
Kevin's office is located adjacent to the courthouse in Manassas, Virginia and he regularly practices in all courts located in Prince William, Fauquier, Stafford, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. Kevin handles all Virgina traffic tickets including Virginia reckless driving.
Richmond Virginia Attorney
Emporia Virginia Speeding Ticket Lawyer
If you have received a Virginia Speeding Ticket near the North Carolina border on I-95 we recommend Andrew E. Weaver Attorney At Law P.O. Box 187 Emporia, VA 23847 (434)634-4019 E-mail: email@example.com Andrew is a Virginia traffic attorney handling Greensville County, Brunswick County and Suffolk County Virgina DUI, Virginia Reckless driving, and Virginia speeding ticket cases.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY TRAFFIC ATTORNEY
Pulaski County Reckless Driving Attorney Giles County Speeding Ticket Attorney Call Joel S. Jackson 617 N. Main Street – Suite 100A Blacksburg, Virginia 24060 toll free 1-866-785-5297 local 540-961-5297 Blacksburg Reckless Driving Attorney
The offices of Joel Jackson, Virginia traffic attorney, services the legal needs of Montgomery, Floyd, Giles, Pulaski, Carroll and Grayson Counties including the communities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, Pearisburg, Pembroke, Pulaski, Floyd and Dublin.
Tidewater and Hampton Roads Virginia Reckless Driving Attorney
Gordon Zedd 4101 Granby Street, Suite 206 Norfolk, VA 23504 757-723-4000
Gordon handles Virginia speeding tickets, reckless driving tickets and DUI in the cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Portsmouth, and Newport News Virginia.You need a Virginia lawyer who focuses on traffic violations because you can lose your Virginia drivers license, be ordered to pay huge fines or even go to jail not to mention the possibility of a huge increase in your Virginia auto insurance.
Virginia Drivers License Point System
Your Virginia drivers license is subject to suspension if you accumulate 18 points within 12 months or 24 points within 24 months.
The following points have been assigned to Virginia speeding and speed related offenses Reckless driving-6 points speeding 20 MPH above the speed limit-6 points racing on the highway-6 points speeding 10 to 19 MPH above the speed limit-4 points exceeding a reasonable speed-3 points improper driving-3 points speeding 1 to 9 MPH above the speed limit-3 points impeding traffic-3 points
If you drive with a suspended license you will have to pay an extra $250 per year for three years to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles in addition to your fine from the court.
Virginia will report your speeding ticket back to your home state and it will be posted to your driving record and treated just as if the ticket was issued in your home state. Some states do not enter minor out of state speeding tickets so check with your DMV to be certain what effect the Virginia speeding ticket will have on your license before you just send in your money.
For example a 15mph+ ticket in Virginia will earn a North Carolina driver a 30 day suspension of their drivers license.
Never believe an officer who indicates that there will be no points on your license if you just pay the ticket. Always check with the DMV.
If you are under 20 and receive a Virginia speeding ticket you will receive a notification that you must physically attend an 8 hour Virginia Driver Improvement class.This is for Virginia drivers only. Simply fax them an enlarged copy of your license and ask them to waive the driving school. Include your Virginia customer number and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles fax number is 804-367-6211.
Virginia Ticket - CDL License
Truck drivers are subject to a completely different set of rules that the normal driving public. One recent change is that CDL drivers can no longer attend traffic school or receive a deferment for a speeding ticket. A 15+ speeding ticket even in your personal vehicle can lead to a suspension of your CDL license. Many companies will not hire a truck driver with a serious ticket on their MVR.
In general, it pays to fight all tickets even if you have to retain an attorney because of the increase in your personal insurance premiums. If you need legal help to fight your Virginia speeding ticket, just fill out the form and a CDL associate will contact you.
Virginia is one of the few states where a defective speedometer is a defense if you have received a Virginia speeding ticket. You can check yours between the mile markers on an interstate. If you think it is defective have it repaired by a certified mechanic and present his statement to the court.
However the judge has the authority to still find you guilty depending on the circumstances. The clerk of court may be able to tell you how he has ruled in similar cases.
Virginia DUI Laws
If you have received a Virginia DUI ticket, I strongly recommend that you retain a Virginia DUI attorney. For a full discussion of the Virginia DUI laws and Virginia DUI attorney referrals go to
Radar detectors and laser detectors are illegal in the state of Virginia. You are subject to a fine and confiscation of the unit even if it is turned off or if radar detectors are legal in your home state. For those of you who do not live in Virginia, click on the RADAR DETECTOR link below to see our radar detector recommendations. The VA troopers do use a radar detector detector. The Beltronics STi is the only unit supposed to be undetectable.
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Virginia Speed Trap Locations
The biggest Virginia speed trap is Vienna. About 50 cops that do traffic for a tiny town in Northern VA, they will stop you for the most minor offenses (5mph over for example) and they never give warnings.
RTE 7100 (Fairfax Co. Parkway) between Fairfax and Springfield going towards Fairfax and coming off I-95, use caution after the RTE identifier changes from 7500 to 7100. FCP and VSHP set traps along this route using LIDAR and radar. Posted speed limit is 50, average flow from 60 to 70mph.
Another notorious Virginia speed trap is between mile markers 60-77 on Interstate 81, both north and southbound near Wytheville, Virginia.
I-95 North between Ashland (exit 92) and Fredericksburg in Caroline County between exits 110-118. The HP ALWAYS sit there in the median as you are coming around a slight corner slightly downhill. DO NOT drive in the far left lane or you're doomed.
“Laws are supposed to be enforced because they’re laws,” said John Rowe, a former Emporia city manager. “That’s not what I found there. In Emporia, it was all about revenues, and keeping the money coming in.”Hwy 58 and 301 near I95
The Dulles Toll road is another favorite for issuing Virginia speeding tickets and reckless driving tickets, especially in the early morning hours.
The Virgina Speed trap information has been submitted from various sources and Speedingticketcentral takes no responsibility for its accuracy or correctness.
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