In April of 2013, for 83% of our clients in Virginia, the charges were either dismissed or reduced from Reckless Driving to a lesser charge. For 96% of our clients, the charges were dismissed or reduced from Speeding to a lesser charge.
“The Fairfax County Police Department bagan its “50 Means 50″ initiative Sunday April 21, according to a recent new release. The week-long initiative will be led by the Traffic Division of the Operations Support Bureau and the Patrol Division of FCPD as officers keep a look out for reckless drivers along Fairfax County Parkway.
The annual campaign will target reckless drivers, texting while driving, speeding, following too closely and failure to pay full time and attention on the Fairfax County Parkway. During the same time period last year, officers issued 714 citations on the Parkway for offenses in these categories.
Different vehicles including motorcycles, Mustangs, Camaros, Impalas, pick-up trucks and other unmarked and marked police vehicles will be used while monitoring drivers on the Fairfax County Parkway. Motor squad officers along with patrol officers from several district stations throughout the county will be assigned specific enforcement duties along the parkway throughout the week.
The purpose of the initiative is to reduce the overall speed on the parkway and to reduce the number of property damage, injury and fatal crashes.”
Reckless Driving, Virginia Code Section 46.2-862: speeding in excess of 80 mph or speeding 20+ mph above
posted speed limit.
Improper Control/Driving, Virginia Code Section 46.2-869: reduction from reckless driving; punishable as a
traffic infraction as opposed to a misdemeanor
Speeding 10-14 mph, Speeding 15-19 mph, Speeding 10-19 mph over posted speed limit, Virginia Code Section
Speeding 1-9 mph over posted speed limit, Virginia Code Section 46.2-870
Defective Equipment, Virginia Code Section 46.2-1003: illegal use of defective or unsafe equipment
Defective Speedometer, Virginia Code Section 46.2-1080: speedometer that is not in good working order
Failure to Obey Highway Sign While Sleeping, Virginia Code Section 46.2-830.1: reduction from Failure to
Obey Highway Sign
***Because our attorneys only practice in Virginia, we cannot advise you as to how each of the abovementioned
charges will be assessed in your home state. You will need to verify with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles
as to whether or not there are any points associated with the charge(s) you were convicted of. You will also need to
contact your insurance provider to further inquire how the charge(s) will affect your insurance premiums.
Charge: Reckless Driving, a Class 1 Misdemeanor- 85 mph in a 65 mph zone- a Criminal offense
Locality: Carroll County, Virginia
In the Carroll General District Court, our attorney worked with the court to get our client’s reckless driving charge of driving 120 mph over the limit REDUCED to a non-moving violation that carries zero points. He owed minimal fines and court costs.
Call us today for a free consultation 804-325-1697 with a friendly and experienced attorney.
A West Virginia college student was traveling through Virginia when he was stopped for speeding.
Charge: Reckless Driving, a Class 1 Misdemeanor- 87 mph in a 70 mph zone- a Criminal offense
Locality: Wythe County in Wytheville, Virginia
The client was worried about the misdemeanor charge, points on his driving record which would result in higher insurance premiums, and high court fines.
In the Wythe General District Court, our attorney worked with the court to get our client’s reckless driving charge of driving 17 mph over the limit REDUCED to a non-moving violation that carries zero points. The client just has to complete a driving improvement course within the next few months. He owed zero fines and minimal court costs.
Call us today for a free consultation 804-325-1697 with a friendly and experienced attorney.
“Too Short was recently arrested for felony drug possession and DUI. Initially, he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. The officers suspected that he had consumed alcohol and attempted to give him a breath test. Too Short immediately fled but did not get far before he tripped as he tried to run down the street. He was ultimately arrested and allegedly dumped his narcotics in the back of the police cruiser on the way to the police station. Ultimately the drug charges were dropped, likely because there are potential issues with proving that the drugs actually belonged to Short, and there was only a very small quantity of the drugs. However, his attempt to flee is likely to have a negative effect on his DUI case which was relatively minor at .09. This may in fact prevent the DUI charge from being reduced as is often the case for low BAC cases.”
Here’s the full story: “Too Short will NOT be prosecuted for felony drug possession … law enforcement sources say –according TMZ.
We broke the story … Too Short was arrested Wednesday for DUI. He made a failed attempt to escape (see video below) and was taken to jail, where cops say they found drugs in the back of the black and white. He was booked for felony drug possession.
We’ve learned … the L.A. County District Attorney has REJECTED the felony drug case, because cops only found a very small amount of drugs — which they say is meth. Given that Short does not have a felony record, the D.A. decided not to prosecute and sent the case over to the L.A. City Attorney for misdemeanor review.
We’re told the City Attorney will look at the case … probably next week.
FYI … Short insists he was not in possession of drugs, and whatever was found in the back of the cop car was left by the prior arrestee who involuntarily hitched a ride to the pokey.
“I just wanted to send my sincere thanks to you and [the attorney] regarding how you’ve handled my case. I just viewed my final disposition through the “General District Court Online Information System” and see that as of yesterday, my case has now been dismissed. I couldn’t more pleased with the outcome and certainly this could not have been had without the firm’s professionalism and efficiency. Again, I send my thanks and gratitude.” -A.Y. Kyle, Texas
The client was charged with Speeding in Smyth County, Virginia for traveling 80 mph in a 70 mph zone. Our Attorney was able to get the charge dismissed as long as the client completed a driving improvement program within the next few months. He owed zero fines and minimal court costs.
“NBC12 reports that a 15 year old in Northern Virginia hurt three children when she wrecked her car onto a sidewalk. Apparently, the teen was getting driving lessons from her parents when the incident happened, and for whatever reason, the teen lost control. She was charged with reckless driving, which is a class 1 misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.”
Here’s the full story:
“A Northern Virginia teenager is facing reckless driving charges after police say she slammed into three children.
A 7-year-old is still in the hospital, and an 8-year-old and 10-year-old were also hurt.
Police say the 15-year-old driver had her learner’s permit and was in the middle of a driving lesson with one of her parents, but that’s when things got out of control.
Police in Ashburn say the teen sped up, jumped a curb, and ran onto a sidewalk where the children were playing.”
“The L.A. County D.A.’s Office will review battery allegations against Justin Bieber … and multiple law enforcement sources tell us … the case will be taken “seriously.” –According to TMZ.
We’re told when the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. concludes its investigation … the case WILL be referred to the D.A. for review and possible prosecution.
TMZ broke the story … one of Bieber’s neighbors claims the singer was tearing through their Calabasas community Tuesday at speeds approaching 100 mph, and when the neighbor confronted Bieber he allegedly spit in the guy’s face and threatened to kill him.
Several prosecutors in the D.A.’s Office tell TMZ … spitting crimes are taken seriously for 2 reasons — first, it’s considered an extremely aggressive and “disgusting act,” and second, it poses potentially serious health concerns.
We’re told Bieber’s neighbor wants the singer prosecuted and will fully cooperate with authorities.”
Virginia Traffic Attorney Leslee Tingle comments on Bieber’s high speeds.
“Justin Bieber is in the headlines again! TMZ reports that a neighbor of Biebers witnessed him flying 100 mph through his community. In Virginia, going over 100 mph will likely land you in jail. Going that speed in residential communities is almost assuredly going to land you behind bars. Judges see those communities as especially vulnerable to high speeds, where children are playing in the streets and residents are walking their pets.”
“Please thank our attorney for us. We couldn’t have asked for a better result. We will take care of what he needs to. I am just so happy he didn’t lose his license. I will recommend you to all our friends. Thanks again for all you did for us.” -T.M. Alexandria, VA
Client was charged with Reckless Driving by speed for traveling 90 mph in a 70 mph zone in Caroline County in Bowling Green, Virginia. Our Attorney negotiated with the judge and had the charge reduced to a minor traffic violation as long as the client completes a driving improvement program within the next few months. The client owed minimal fines and court costs.
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