Highest Rated Emporia VA Lawyers • For Your Best Defense • 1500+ Reviews
Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law is an established local Emporia VA law firm that specializes in criminal law & defending motorists charged with DUI, reckless driving, speeding and traffic law violations. We are recognized as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report. Emporia is an independent city surrounded by Greensville County. It is the county seat of Greensville County. Our office is 2 blocks from the courthouse. The Emporia/Greensville County law enforcement community is serious about enforcing the law. The majority of cases filed in the General District Court are traffic law cases. Many of our clients are not from the area or are Out-of-State drivers. Let us review your case. We can help!
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Experienced Attorneys That Defend Emporia Virginia Criminal Cases
Our Emporia VA Criminal Law Defense Attorneys have dedicated their careers to the practice of criminal law and are also members of some of the most prestigious criminal law organizations in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Country. We firmly believe that active membership and leadership in organizations such as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College for DUI Defense and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, to name a few, make us better advocates for our clients. Our Emporia VA firm has been positively reviewed more than any other law firm. You can benefit from our experience!
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Some folks think they do not need a lawyer for their Emporia VA case. The biggest issues with representing yourself before the Emporia Courts is the lack of experience and legal knowledge. The average person typically does not understand the best course of action to defend a particular case. Experienced Emporia attorneys know the best tactics and options for obtaining the best results. Our lawyers spend hours in the Emporia VA Courts every week and are familiar with the habits of the different judges and the law enforcement officers who make the arrests and issue the traffic tickets. This local knowledge can prove to be invaluable in deciding how to best defend an Emporia criminal or traffic case.
Emporia VA Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers Since 2009
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers recognizes the top attorneys nationwide across a variety of practice areas and firm sizes using a patented process of independent research and peer input. Our lawyers have been recognized as Virginia Super Lawyers since 2009 for criminal law and DUI / DWI. No more than five percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers and no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list. This recognition is merit based. Retain an Emporia VA lawyer who has been recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer.
Decades of Trial Success – You Can Benefit From Our Experience
Our Emporia Virginia trial lawyers are members of some of the most prestigious legal organizations, such as the National College for DUI Defense and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Our trial attorneys possess over 60 years of combined years of experience. We believe membership and leadership with prominent trial lawyer organizations along with specialized training from such groups makes us better advocates for our clients. It is in your best interests to consult a professional with specialized training if you need representation for your Emporia VA criminal law or traffic violation case. We will present your best defense! Retain a specially trained professional if you have been arrested or charged with an Emporia criminal or traffic offense.
Trusted Emporia VA Defense Lawyers for Criminal & Traffic Law
We are the Emporia Virginia Lawyers that you want on your side. We have the experience, integrity, and expertise you need to protect your rights. Do you want an attorney who will process your case through the courts as quickly as possible without ever really taking the time to learn your case? Of course not. You want an accomplished advocate, who will stand by your side, from beginning to end, to represent you professionally, and aggressively if necessary. We take the time to listen and understand your case. Contact a recognized leader in criminal law today for a free evaluation of your case. We fight for our clients. Our lawyers have earned the respect of the Emporia judges.
Emporia Virginia Reckless Driving Defense Attorneys
Virginia has some of the most serious reckless driving traffic laws in the Country. The Va. Code criminalizes over ten different types of driving behaviors as reckless driving. Emporia has developed a reputation for its aggressive enforcement of those reckless driving traffic laws. Our Emporia VA Reckless Driving Traffic Lawyers specialize in defending and representing clients charged with reckless driving speeding traffic cases in the Emporia Courts every week. We believe that our clients benefit from our weekly advocacy and engagement with the same Emporia Judges. Put our expertise to work for you! NOTE: The issuance of a summons or traffic ticket for reckless driving is NOT a conviction. Contact an experienced Emporia VA attorney before you plead guilty.
Do Not Plead Guilty to VA Uniform Summons Without Attorney Consultation
The most common scenario that brings people before the Emporia VA Courthouse is because they have been issued a Virginia Uniform Summons. This summons is the legal document issued by Emporia law enforcement officers during a police encounter or traffic stop. This document is often referred to as a ticket. A law enforcement officer can issue a summons for a criminal misdemeanor offense or a traffic infraction. The summons serves as legal notice for the alleged violation. Signing the summons is not an admission of guilt. The summons advises you that a hearing has been set before the Emporia General District Court. Let us review your summons. We can develop a defense strategy even if you think you are guilty.
Legal Elite Emporia VA Attorney • Virginia Business
Virginia Business is dedicated to covering economic activity in every sector and every region of the Commonwealth. In cooperation with the Virginia Bar Association, Top Virginia Attorneys have been recognized as Legal Elite since 2000. There are over 23,000 legal practitioners in Virginia. Legal Elite recognitions are awarded to approximately 1400 attorneys each year. This is an exclusive list of top rated individuals who have been recognized by their peers for excellence. Only outstanding and experienced professionals are recognized by Virginia Business for being Legal Elite. A lawyer cannot purchase his or her way in to being recognized as a member of the Virginia Business Legal Elite community. Retain an Emporia VA Legal Elite attorney for your case.
Emporia VA Traffic Lawyers Presenting the Best Defense
Virginia traffic law classifies numerous offenses as traffic violations. Some offenses are more serious than others. A traffic violation can be a criminal offense or a minor infraction. Criminal traffic offenses can either be a felony or a misdemeanor. Minor traffic infractions can either be a demerit point offense or a non-moving violation. The classification of offense depends on the severity of the conduct. If you have been accused of violating any traffic law Emporia, then it would be wise to consult an experienced Emporia VA lawyer. A traffic violation conviction may negatively affect your freedom and your future. CAUTION: A traffic violation may increase the automobile insurance premium by as much as 79% according to Insurance.com
Emporia Virginia Speeding Ticket Attorneys & Speed Trap Defense
Emporia is one place in Virginia you never want to drive fast. Widely considered the most notorious speed trap in Virginia, located at U.S. Route 58 and Interstate 95. Speed traps are an area of the road that police officers heavily monitor to catch people speeding. Technically defined as an area of road where police officers hide in order to detect vehicles exceeding a speed limit. Long stretches of open highway are common areas for speed traps. RADAR is the most common tool used by Emporia police to gather speed evidence in a speed trap on I-95 typically around Exit 11. Allow our top rated Emporia VA speeding ticket attorneys to review your case!
Highest Rating for Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
For over 135 years, Martindale-Hubbell has been the authority for evaluating lawyers for legal ability and ethical standards through a Peer Review Rating system established by lawyers and judges who have personal knowledge of the attorney’s work. Emporia lawyers Riley & Wells Attorneys-A-Law maintain an AV Preeminent® rating. The highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers. Retain a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated Emporia VA criminal law & traffic defense firm for your case. Review the law firm’s legal rating and exercise caution before you retain an attorney with an inferior rating for legal ability and ethical standards.
Retain The Best Lawyer to Defend Your Emporia Interstate 95 Case
From Maine to Florida, I-95 is one the busiest, well known interstate highways in the country. I-95 is the longest north–south Interstate in the United States. Millions of travelers use the 1,923 mile stretch of Interstate 95 daily. There are less than three miles of Interstate 95 in Emporia VA. The small city of Emporia is uniquely situated right in the middle of the largest interstate on the east coast. It should be no surprise why so much enforcement occurs along the I-95 corridor in Emporia. In many instances, we can successfully defend our client’s case- who is often licensed to drive in another state – without them having to travel back for their trial date.
Out of State Residents Retain Top Rated Emporia Lawyers
Countless out-of-state drivers frequently pass through Emporia VA on Interstate 95. The majority of defendants who have cases before the Emporia General District Court are either out-of-state or are not from the area. Out-of-state drivers need top rated representation for their Emporia VA criminal or traffic case. Just because you are not from the area does not mean you can ignore an incident that occurred in Emporia VA. If convicted, the incident will follow you and be reported back to the home state. We routinely represent out-of-state drivers who are often from the Eastern United States: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, District of Columbia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine.
Emporia Virginia DUI / DWI Law Attorneys
Drunk driving is taken very seriously by the Emporia Courts. The DUI / DWI law can be very complex and the consequences of a conviction can be extremely serious and life changing. Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) & Driving Under the Influence (DUI) are often used interchangeably because they are both charged under the Va. Code 18.2-266. The Emporia prosecutor can prosecute the offense regardless of whether alcohol or drugs or both are the intoxicant. Our Emporia attorneys have successfully defended hundreds of DUI / DWI cases. Exercise caution before you engage a lawyer for representation that lacks the proper training or experience. Simply put, our top rated Emporia DUI / DWI Lawyers have the necessary experience to best defend your DUI / DWI case.
Superb Avvo Rated Emporia VA Lawyers
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Route 58 Emporia VA Lawyers • Criminal Law & Traffic Violations
Route 58 is a scenic stretch of road over 350 miles long across southern Virginia. This route is not the fastest route for eager beach-bounders but it goes through many small towns like Emporia. Route 58 intersects with the following highways: Route 619, I-95, Route 301, Route 614 and Route 611. The Emporia law enforcement community patrols this 5 mile stretch of highway. There are sections of Route 58 where the speed limit is 55 or 60 mph, but law enforcement is more routinely enforcing the speed limit in reduced speed zones or in an area that many refer to as a speed trap. A local Emporia VA lawyer knows how to defend these Route 58 cases.
Sustaining Member National College for DUI Defense
The National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) is a professional organization dedicated to the improvement of the DUI / DWI criminal defense bar. NCDD members are the most experienced DUI /DWI defense attorneys. DUI / DWI cases are complex because they require defense counsel to understand scientific and legal processes. The legal issues are wide-ranging often involving search and seizure, due process, and evidentiary issues. These legal issues intersect in a DUI / DWI case with scientific areas of expertise, such as toxicology and the pseudo-scientific areas of field sobriety testing. DUI / DWI defense attorneys must also have a working understanding of the operation of breath test equipment and other instruments utilized by forensic laboratories in the process of testing for intoxicants.
Emporia Virginia Trial Courts Are Adversarial By Design
If you have been charged with violating an Emporia Virginia criminal or traffic law, then your case will eventually be set for trial before the Emporia Courts. Criminal and traffic violation trials are adversarial. This involves a structured and formalized dispute between the Emporia Commonwealth Attorneys office and the defense. The adversarial system is designed to ensure a fair trial process subject to the rules of law and evidence by allowing each side to present their case and to be able to challenge the other’s arguments and evidence. The Emporia judge or jury ultimately evaluates the evidence, arguments, and the credibility of witnesses to reach a verdict. This system ensures that the prosecution meets its high standard of proof.
Emporia VA Attorneys Route 301 Traffic Violation
U.S. Route 301 is a spur of U.S. Route 1. Route 301 parallels Interstate 95. Route 301 enters the City of Emporia just north of the community of Skippers right off I-95 at Exit 8. Route 301 takes a direct route through the center of the City of Emporia and is better known as Main Street to local residents. Route 301/Main Street is about 3 miles long within the city limits. Motorists travelling south on Route 301 just north of the city limits need to pay particular attention near Slagles Lake Road where the speed limit drops from 55 mph to 35mph. This is a popular speed trap for the police department. A local Emporia VA lawyer can help!
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11/10/2015 | Updated 11/20/2023