Experienced Petersburg VA Traffic Lawyer
The traffic law is strictly enforced in Petersburg Virginia. Petersburg Police Officers and Virginia State Troopers aggressively patrol the streets of Petersburg and Interstates 95 and 85. Some traffic violations in Petersburg VA are considered minor traffic infractions that may not require representation; however, an experienced Petersburg VA Traffic Lawyer can often appear in court on your behalf to successfully resolve the allegation with fewer or no DMV moving violation demerit points. This approach ensures that your best defense is presented to the Court, that you are not intimidated before the Court and that your interests are protected.
On the other hand, there are various traffic violations that are considered criminal felony or misdemeanor offenses. These types of offenses can severely jeopardize your freedom, your career, and your driving privileges. The Code of Virginia classifies some of these various offenses as reckless driving, aggressive driving, DUI, eluding the police, and driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license. If you have been accused with one of these allegations or any other criminal traffic violation, then you need the very best Petersburg VA Traffic Attorney. Many of these criminal traffic offenses are punishable as follows:
- Maximum fine of $2,500
- 12 months in jail [Felony traffic violations can trigger a prison sentence]
- Suspension or Revocation of driving privileges
- Assessment of DMV demerit points
- Increased automobile insurance premiums
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Successful Petersburg VA Traffic Law Attorney
Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law is a reputable local law firm with over 45 years of collective traffic law experience. Our attorneys are routinely recognized by the legal community for their superior legal ability and the highest of ethical standards. We examine every case with great care to ensure every applicable defense is presented and use every resource the law allows to secure our client the best possible outcome under the law. We have the necessary experience to help prevent bad things from happening.
We represent clients as follows:
- Habitual Offender
- Eluding the Police
- Hit & Run-Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- Driving Without a Valid License
- Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License
- Commercial Driver’s License Violations
- License Restoration
- Aggressive Driving
- Out Of State Drivers
- Moving Violations
- Driving Without Automobile Insurance
Reckless Driving Tractor Trailer Accident DISMISSED
Our Petersburg VA Traffic Attorneys represented a commercial motor vehicle driver operating a tractor trailer on Interstate 85 in Petersburg VA. Our client was involved in an accident. After a careful review of our client’s case, we developed two key defenses: 1) our client may not have been in violation of the Bacon and Powers cases, which essentially state the legal premise (among other things) that the mere happening of accident is not necessarily a violation of the reckless driving law; and, 2) the criminal prosecution was brought in the wrong jurisdiction. The state trooper alleged the reckless driving violation occurred in the wrong jurisdiction. On the trial date, we entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of the client and the Court heard testimony from the state trooper. At the appropriate time, we made a motion to strike the Commonwealth’s case for lack of proper venue or jurisdiction. The Judge granted our motion and dismissed the case. The prosecution was prohibited from filing the case in the proper jurisdiction of Petersburg City due to the Double Jeopardy clause of the U.S. Constitution, which states that no person shall be prosecuted for the same offense twice.
Petersburg Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License DISMISSED
Our Petersburg VA Traffic Lawyers represented a client who was lawfully pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. In typical fashion, the Petersburg Police Officer asked our client for the driver’s license and vehicle registration, which our client provided as requested. The police officer ran a DMV check of our client’s driver’s license and the DMV reported that our client’s driving privileges were suspended due to a prior case from Colonial Heights. Our client told the police officer that he did not know that his driving privileges were suspended. Our attorneys looked closer and found a flaw with the prior Colonial Heights case that had a significant impact to the client’s Petersburg case. We entered a not guilty plea and presented argument to the Court. The Judge agreed with our argument, found our client not guilty of driving on a suspended driver’s license and dismissed the case.
Petersburg 3rd Offense Suspended License REDUCED to No O.L.
Our Petersburg VA Traffic Attorneys represented a client who was charged with driving on a suspended license after causing a traffic crash due to following too close. A conviction for 3rd offense driving on a suspended license within 10 years automatically means 10 mandatory minimum days in jail. Additional penalties include further loss of driving privileges and a maximum fine of $2,500. In this case, we were able to protect our client from these harsh penalties by converting the case to an offense of no valid driver’s license that the Judge endorsed with only imposing a $150 fine.
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By Mitch Wells 11/10/2015 | Updated 4/30/2018