Elite Speeding Ticket Lawyer Northampton County VA • 1500+ Reviews
A Northampton County Speeding Ticket is a very common type of traffic violation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. U.S. Route 13 is heavily patrolled by the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, Cape Charles Police, Eastville Police, Exmore Police and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Police. Do not plead guilty to your Northampton County VA speeding ticket without first consulting with a local attorney who specializes in defending speeding cases. A conviction can negatively affect you in many ways. Let our attorneys review your case. CAUTION: A Northampton County VA reckless driving speeding conviction will on average increase the automobile insurance premium by 73% according to Insurance.com
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Northampton County VA Speeding Ticket Defense Attorneys
Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law is a prominent local law firm that represents clients accused of speeding offenses throughout Northampton County VA. Our lawyers have defended thousands of speeding cases and have amassed over 60 years of collective traffic law experience. We are the Northampton County VA Speeding Ticket Attorneys that clients want representing them. Our office is located on “Lawyers Row” in the Historic Court Green in Eastville. Our firm has been recognized as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report. We will examine your case in detail and attempt to secure the best possible outcome. Our firm has been positively reviewed more times than any other law firm that defends Northampton County VA speeding ticket cases.
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Virginia Speeding Ticket Penalties – Northampton County VA
- Excessive fines and court costs
- Assessment of moving violation demerit points
- Loss of driving privileges depending on speed and prior convictions
- Possible incarceration if excessive speed violated the reckless driving law
U.S. Route 13 Speed Trap in Northampton County VA
Virginia Criminal Misdemeanor Reckless Driving Speeding Law
The maximum speed limit on U.S. Route 13 in Northampton County is 55 mph. Driving 75 mph on Route 13 or 20 mph or more over the posted speed limit any where else in the county is a Northampton reckless driving violation pursuant to Va. Code 46.2-862. Reckless driving in Virginia is classified as a criminal misdemeanor. It is hard to believe, especially for licensed driver’s from other states, but you can be convicted of a criminal misdemeanor for driving 20 miles per hour over the speed limit in Northampton County VA. Many out-of-state drivers do not realize the severity of this law.
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Virginia Uniform Summons Speeding Ticket Issued by Northampton Police
A Virginia Uniform Summons is the legal document issued by Northampton VA law enforcement officers during a traffic stop for speeding. Most people refer to this document as a speeding ticket. The summons serves as legal notice for the alleged speeding violation. Signing the summons is not an admission of guilt. The summons advises you that a trial date has been set in Northampton County VA General District Court. A law enforcement officer can also issue a summons for criminal offenses such as reckless driving and other misdemeanor offenses. Allow us to review your speeding ticket. We can develop a defense strategy for your Northampton VA speeding ticket case even if you think you are guilty.
Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law Defend Northampton VA Speeding Tickets
- 46.2-862 Reckless Driving – Speeding
- 46.2-870 Speeding
- 46.2-871 School Buses
- 46.2-872 Vehicles Under Special Permits
- 46.2-873 School Zone
- 46.2-873.1 Nonsurface Treated Highways
- 46.2-874 Business or Residential District
- 46.2-875 Certain Other Highways
- 46.2-877 Impeding the Flow of Traffic
- 46.2-878 Authority to Change Speed Limits
- 46.2-878.1 Highway Work Zone
- 46.2-878.2 Certain Residential Districts
- 46.2-881 Bridges, Tunnels and Interstates
- 46.2-947 Highway Safety Corridor
Northampton VA Law Enforcement Use RADAR to Aggressively Patrol County
State Police, Northampton Sheriff, Exmore Police, Eastville Police, Cape Charles Police & Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Police all enforce the speed limit in Northampton County. Various speed detection devices are used to enforce the speed limit. We routinely defend speeding ticket cases in the Northampton County VA General District Court. Our lawyers understand what the prosecution must prove. We are familiar with law enforcement methods of detecting speed. Our attorneys have the necessary expertise to protect you.
Speedometer Calibration Evidence For Northampton Speeding Ticket Cases
There are instances in speeding ticket cases where the defendant is operating a vehicle in Northampton County with a defective speedometer. A speedometer calibration may assist the defense. A speedometer calibration is a specialized test performed by a mechanic that measures the accuracy of a vehicle’s speedometer. Not just any mechanic can perform this type of diagnostic test. The test comes with a report showing whether the speedometer was off and if so, by how many miles per hour. An experienced Northampton County VA speeding ticket lawyer will introduce evidence of the calibration results pursuant to Va. Code 46.2-942. Such evidence shall be considered by the court in both determining guilt or innocence and in fixing punishment.
Northampton VA Speeding Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers is an attorney rating service comprised of outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This organization 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 Northampton County VA speeding ticket lawyers have been recognized by this publication since 2009. No more than five percent of the Virginia lawyers are named to this list and no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list. This recognition is merit based. Retain a top rated Northampton VA speeding ticket attorney who has been recognized with this elite award.
Exmore VA Police Department Speeding Ticket Defense Attorneys
The Town of Exmore is a small town on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in Northampton County that measures less than 3 square miles. This small town is big on speed enforcement. The speed limit on Route 13 drops from 55 mph to 45 mph in Exmore. Missing the drop in this speed zone change can quickly make your speeding case a violation of the reckless driving law. Exmore Police operate LASER speed enforcement from the Holiday Inn parking lot. NOTE: The issuance of a speeding ticket is not a conviction. Consult a professional who will present your best defense!
Northampton VA has a Reputation for Aggressive Speed Trap Enforcement
Northampton County VA is widely considered a notorious speed trap in Virginia, located along the Route 13 corridor. Speed traps are an area of the road where police officers hide in order to detect vehicles exceeding a speed limit. Northampton County is in elite company among small Virginia counties, cities, and towns that rely on traffic fines and court costs. The Town of Eastville on the Eastern Shore in Northampton County relies more on traffic fines for revenue, with an astounding 72% of its budget coming from traffic fines and forfeitures. Do NOT plead guilty without first consulting a Northampton VA speeding ticket lawyer.
Cape Charles VA Speeding Ticket Lawyers
The Town of Cape Charles is located in Northampton County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The town has a total area of approximately 4 square miles. The Cape Charles Police Department is very small with approximately 5 police officers. Do not let this small police force fool you. Cape Charles Police take speed enforcement seriously. A common scenario involves drivers who exit off of U.S. Route 13 and onto Stone Road/Randolph Avenue where the speed limits changes from 55 mph down to 25 mph. We routinely defend this type of case. Put our experience to work for you!
Frequently Asked Questions | Northampton County VA
Question: Do I have to appear in the Northampton County VA General District Court in order to defend my speeding case?
Answer: In most cases, the answer is no. An experienced attorney can typically defend a speeding case without the defendant motorist having to appear in the Northampton County VA General District Court.
Question: Will my Virginia Uniform Summons for speeding be dismissed if the police officer does not show up in the Northampton County VA General District Court on the trial date?
Answer: The Judge will likely continue the case if there is evidence of good cause for why the police officer is not present. Lack of good cause evidence to continue would likely result in a dismissal.
Question: Is the police officer required to show me the reading on his RADAR unit when a Virginia Uniform Summons is issued for speeding?
Answer: No. Virginia State Law does not require that a police officer must show the motorist the RADAR reading during a traffic stop for speeding.
Effective Defense Counsel for Northampton Speeding Cases
The facts of each speeding ticket case can vary. We have the knowledge and expertise to select the best defenses and arguments for your particular circumstances. Some people don’t think they need a Northampton County Traffic Attorney. This may be true in some instances, but most drivers who attempt to represent themselves lack the necessary experience and legal knowledge to properly defend a speeding case. An experienced Northampton County VA Traffic Attorney can ensure that your rights are protected, that you are not intimidated in the courtroom, and that you secure the best result possible.
Driver Improvement Clinic for Northampton VA Speeding Ticket Cases
There are instances where completing a Virginia DMV approved driver improvement clinic can assist with a Northampton County VA speeding ticket defense. Allow us to review your case. There are some instances where completing such a course is not necessary and some instances where completing a course will not benefit your case. A top rated Northampton County VA speeding ticket lawyer that specializes in this area will be able to properly advise and represent you. The Virginia DMV approved course is an eight-hour session. These clinics can be completed on-line without our client having to return to Northampton County. The driver improvement class educated students about the current traffic laws and teaches defensive driving techniques.
Northampton Virginia Speeding Ticket Cases Are Adversarial By Design
If you have been issued a Northampton County VA speeding ticket, then your case will eventually be set for trial before the General District Court. Trials are adversarial. This involves a structured and formalized dispute between the Northampton prosecutor 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 Northampton judge evaluates the evidence and arguments to reach a verdict. This system ensures that the prosecution meets its high standard of proof. Do not come to court and say I was not speeding and expect that to work.
Northampton County Work Zone Speed Limit Photo Camera Enforced
Photo speed cameras are a new technological tool for enforcing the speed limit. Speed cameras may be fixed or portable. They can be placed along the highway to automatically record speed limit violations. In 2020, Virginia passed a law authorizing the use of speed cameras in work zones. The Northampton County police officer can either mail a summons or personally issue a summons. If mailed, there is a rebuttable presumption that the owner of the vehicle was the driver at the time of the speeding violation. If Northampton County Police personally issues a summons at the time of the violation, then the resulting conviction is added to the driving record and can be used for insurance purposes in determining coverage.
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7/21/2021 | Updated 11/17/2023