Top Rated Northampton County VA Traffic Lawyers • 1400+ Reviews
Virginia law classifies traffic violations into 3 categories of offenses. Felony, misdemeanor and minor traffic infraction violations. Virginia State Troopers, Northampton Deputy Sheriffs, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Police & town officers from Eastville, Exmore & Cape Charles strictly enforce these traffic laws. Do not expect to get a warning. U.S. Route 13 in Northampton County is the primary highway targeted by law enforcement for traffic violations. Out-of-state drivers frequently find themselves needing representation in Northampton County VA for their traffic case.
CAUTION: Convictions for traffic violations can increase the automobile insurance premium by as much as 79% according to a study conducted by Insurance.com
Experienced Traffic Law Defense Attorneys in Northampton VA
Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law is an established local Northampton VA law firm. Our office is on “Lawyers Row” in the Historic Court Green in Eastville. We specialize in defending traffic cases and possess over 60 years of combined experience. We represent clients before the Northampton County General District Court. Our Northampton County VA traffic lawyers specialize in traffic law defense and are routinely recognized for legal excellence and high ethical standards. We will examine your case and determine the best way to defend your case. Our goal is simple: secure the best possible result! In many cases, we can successfully defend these cases without our client having to return on the trial date.
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Penalties For Northampton VA Traffic Violation Convictions
- Maximum fine of $2,500
- Loss of driving privileges
- Moving violation demerit points
- Increased automobile insurance premiums
- Employment issues
Exceptional Traffic Court Representation Northampton County VA
In Virginia, every traffic case goes before the Judge on the trial date. Most traffic cases are set for trial in the General District Court. The defendant motorist must either retain a Northampton County VA traffic lawyer for representation or the motorist must appear in traffic court to defend the case alone. Evidence and arguments are presented to the Judge. Do not plead guilty or pre-pay a traffic ticket without first consulting an attorney. In some instances, your traffic ticket may actually be a misdemeanor criminal offense. Let us review your case. We can help!
Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law Defend Northampton VA Traffic Cases
- Eluding the police
- Hit & Run
- No valid driver’s license
- No automobile insurance
- Handheld cellphone use while driving
- Suspended driver’s license
- Commercial driver violations
- License restoration
- Reckless driving
- Leaving scene of accident
- Following too close
- Fail to move over
- Out-of-state drivers
- Speeding ticket
- Moving violations
- Fail to yield emergency vehicle
Free Consultation with Top Rated Northampton County VA Traffic Lawyer
Some drivers think they do not need a traffic lawyer for their Northampton County VA traffic case. The biggest issues with representing yourself in traffic court is the lack of experience and legal knowledge. The average driver typically does not understand the best course of action to defend a particular case. Experienced Northampton County VA traffic attorneys know the best tactics and options for obtaining the best results. Our lawyers spend hours in traffic court every day and are familiar with the habits of the different judges and the law enforcement officers who issue the tickets. This local knowledge can prove to be invaluable in deciding how to defend against a traffic ticket.
A Virginia Uniform Summons is the Traffic Ticket Issued by Police
A Virginia Uniform Summons is the legal document issued by Northampton County VA law enforcement officers during a traffic stop. Most people refer to this document as either a traffic ticket or citation. The summons serves as legal notice for the alleged violation. Signing the summons is not an admission of guilt. The summons advises you of the date and time and location of your hearing. A police officer can also issue a summons for criminal offenses such as reckless driving and other misdemeanor offenses. Allow us to review your summons.
Route 13 Northampton Reckless Driving REDUCED to No Points
Our Northampton County VA traffic attorneys represented a client from Maryland accused of criminal misdemeanor reckless driving based on excessive speed evidence. Most drivers from other states are shocked to learn that you can be sentenced to serve a jail penalty for merely driving too fast. A conviction would have drastic consequences. We were able to convince the Court to find our client NOT GUILTY. Unfortunately, the Judge was unwilling to dismiss the entire case. However, we convinced the Court to reduce the matter to the lowest offense possible called defective equipment. This is a no points non moving violation.
Speed Limit Northampton County VA Speed Trap
A few Virginia small cities and towns are particularly aggressive with enforcing the speed limit. Governing Magazine conducted a study. Northampton County’s Town of Eastville relies on traffic fines more than any other locality. Over 70% of Eastville’s 200-person town budget comes from traffic fines and court costs according to the study. Out-Of-State drivers often find themselves the victim of the Northampton County Route 13 speed trap. Do not plead guilty. Consult a local Northampton County VA traffic lawyer to present your best defense.
Failure to Move Over for a Stationary Vehicle is a Traffic Violation
Virginia code 46.2-861.1 requires the driver of any motor vehicle to “move over” when passing a stationary vehicle under certain traffic conditions. A violation of this law can be considered reckless driving, which is a criminal misdemeanor in some cases. If you have been accused of violating this law then you need to consult an attorney before appearing in Northampton District Court.
Speedometer Calibration Evidence Can Help Present The Best Defense
There are instances in speed cases where the defendant is operating a motor vehicle with a speedometer that is not accurate. Sometimes evidence of a speedometer calibration can assist the defense. A speedometer calibration is a test performed by mechanics that measures the accuracy of a vehicle’s speedometer. 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 traffic 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.
Holding Cell Phone While Driving is a Traffic Violation
Virginia is a Hands Free Driving State. Virginia law prohibits having a phone or handheld personal communication device in your hand while driving pursuant to Va. Code §46.2-818.2. The prosecution does not need to prove that the driver was doing anything in particular on the phone or device to prove a violation. This offense is a moving violation demerit point offense. A conviction will post to the driving record. There are exceptions. The hands free law does not apply to drivers who are lawfully parked or stopped, drivers reporting emergencies, drivers using an amateur or citizens band radio, drivers operating emergency vehicles and certain operators of Department of Transportation vehicles.
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7/13/2021 | Updated 6/10/2023