Speeding tickets are all the more likely in today’s world of busy schedules and frequent commutes. When this happens, it is common for the individual to allow the court system to enter a finding of guilt without any attempt to avoid the conviction. Do not “prepay” your ticket. The resulting points which are assigned to your driving record can result in higher auto insurance premiums. Additionally, most states have an agreement to exchange information about a traffic conviction with a driver’s home state. There could be consequences in your home state.
In a vast majority of cases, a better outcome can be achieved when the motorist has an experienced attorney present in court to defend the charge of their behalf. By having an attorney, the motorist can achieve a positive outcome without having to attend the hearing. Our attorneys work with the charging officer and prosecutor to attempt to resolve the charges favorably. Our law firm handles traffic cases across southwest Virginia, including Wythe County, Carroll County, the City of Galax, and Bland County.
In Virginia, any speed in excess of 80 miles per hour on the interstate can be charged as reckless driving. Reckless driving is a criminal offense classified as a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. A reckless driving conviction is a 6 point offense in Virginia’s point system and will be reported to your home state. A misdemeanor conviction will also cause you to have a criminal record. In some states, a conviction involving speeding in excess of 15 miles per hour over the posted limit will result in an automatic license suspension. Reckless driving is not a prepayable offense, which means the judge will have a hearing on the charge.
Speeding and Other Traffic Offenses
Speeding and other traffic convictions will also result in points being assigned to your driving record. You may not think it’s a big deal, but your auto insurance company will almost always use a conviction to raise your premium. Without question, it is better to try and keep a conviction off your record, regardless of your past success in avoiding tickets.