While many people believe receiving a traffic ticket is simply part of life, it is important that you understand the wide variety of consequences that can accompany such tickets. Confessing liability and paying the ticket can be a quick recourse, but it may not always be your best option. It is extremely important that you contact an experienced Virginia traffic attorney if you have been charged with a serious traffic offense, especially if you have a security clearance or a commercial driver’s license. By understanding the legal implications and your responsibility, a skilled Virginia traffic attorney can help advise you on the best response to take to the allegations.
In Virginia, certain traffic violations are considered criminal offenses. A conviction of such criminal traffic offenses, whether through pleading guilty or being found guilty, may carry serious consequences. This will likely impact your automobile insurance and could negatively impact your employment as well.
Virginia traffic law proscribes certain conduct will result in a reckless driving citation. A driver may be charged with reckless driving due to the alleged excessive speed, due to the manner in which the vehicle was allegedly driven, or due to driving which allegedly results in a loss of control of the vehicle. All categories are classified as reckless driving which, in Virginia, is a class 1 misdemeanor. At the maximum level, a class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia is punishable by a fine of $2,500, a year in jail, and a six-month driver’s license suspension.
Virginia law similarly treats the offense of driving on a suspended driver’s license as a serious offense and classifies it as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Depending on the circumstances of the alleged driving behavior, a Virginia judge could impose large fines, additional suspension of your driver’s license, and jail time. Certain driving on a suspended license offenses require the judge to impose a mandatory active jail sentence.
If you are not a Virginia resident but were cited for violating a Virginia traffic law while driving through the Commonwealth, you may experience consequences in your home state as well as being required to answer for the allegations in Virginia. Additionally, if you are a commercial truck driver and facing serious traffic charges, you must realize the importance of properly responding to the charges. We will work closely with you in an effort to resolve your case in a manner that has the least adverse impact on your driving record and employment opportunities.
The traffic attorneys at MartinWren, P.C. handle these high-level traffic offenses in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Albemarle County, and the surrounding Central Virginia area. Whether you are a Virginia resident or not, the reckless driving attorneys at MartinWren, P.C. can advise you on your legal rights and responsibilities and help you pursue the best action under your specific circumstances. We understand the particular requirements and potential rulings for each local court in the Central Virginia area and are able to advise you accordingly.
If you or your loved one is facing a serious traffic charge, do not take the next step without understanding your options and receiving expert legal advice on the matter. Call MartinWren, P.C. at (434)817-3100 to discuss your case.