Traffic Ticket Lawyer Serving Stafford County | Reckless Driving Defense

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Traffic Ticket Lawyer Serving Stafford County | Reckless Driving Defense

Have the police in Stafford County, Virginia, pulled you over and ticketed you for a traffic violation? Depending on the charged violation, you might consider paying the ticket and moving on with your life. However, a traffic violation can have consequences beyond a fine, such as demerit points on your driving record and potentially increased insurance rates. Some traffic offenses may even result in criminal prosecution.

Get the legal help you need to determine potential defenses to your traffic charges. Contact Buczek Carpenter PC today for a free case review with a traffic ticket lawyer to discuss your legal options for pursuing a favorable resolution to your case.

Traffic Violations Our Firm Handles

At Buczek Carpenter PC, our attorneys provide skilled legal representation to clients facing traffic tickets or criminal prosecution for motor vehicle violations such as:

  • Speeding infractions
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Tailgating or following too closely
  • Illegal turns
  • Improper passing
  • Failing to signal
  • Driving with malfunctioning headlights or taillights
  • Tinted windows violations
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road or the wrong way down a one-way street
  • Failure to keep right

Our criminal defense lawyers also represent clients facing prosecution on reckless driving charges. In Virginia, reckless driving involves operating a motor vehicle in such a way as to endanger other people or property. Various traffic violations can lead to charges of reckless driving, such as:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Street racing
  • Unsafe passing
  • Passing a stopped school bus with extended stop signs and activated stop lights
  • Driving a mechanically unsafe vehicle, such as a vehicle with faulty brakes
  • Passing on the shoulder or median
  • Failing to stop before entering a highway from a side street
  • Driving with obstructed vision
  • Failing to move over for emergency vehicles with activated lights and sirens
  • Entering a high-occupancy lane by crossing a barrier or separator

Our firm also represents clients arrested and charged with DUI (driving under the influence).

Penalties for Traffic Infractions in Stafford County, Virginia

A motorist who receives a traffic ticket for a violation must pay a fine upon conviction following a hearing or after the motorist accepts guilt by paying the ticket. Most traffic offenses carry a specific fine, which can range from $20 to $1,000, depending on the severity of the offense. Violators must also pay a $51 processing fee on top of the fine. Committing a moving violation in a highway safety corridor can also double the applicable fine.

Fines for speeding infractions will depend on the driver’s speed when the police stop them. Speeding fines include:

  • Basic Speeding– $6 per mile over the speed limit
  • Exceeding the Speed Limit in a School Crossing– $7 per mile over the speed limit
  • Exceeding the Speed Limit in a Highway Work Zone– $7 per mile over the speed limit
  • Exceeding the Speed Limit in a Residence District– $200, plus $8 per mile over the speed limit

Penalties for a reckless driving conviction in Virginia include a fine of $250 to $2,500 plus a potential jail term of up to 12 months. However, penalties can increase to one to five years in prison and a fine of $250 to $2,500 when a motorist engages in reckless driving and causes a fatal motor vehicle accident while their license has been suspended or revoked for a moving violation.

Many traffic offenses also result in the imposition of points on a violator’s driving record. Offenses carry a three-point, four-point, or six-point penalty, depending on the severity of the offense. Three-point infractions include:

  • Speeding one to nine miles per hour over the speed limit
  • Improper passing
  • Driving on the sidewalk
  • Improper turns
  • Driving without headlights
  • Driving without a driver’s license or license plate

Four-point infractions include:

  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding 10 to 19 miles per hour over the speed limit
  • Unsafe passing
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Tailgating
  • Aggressive driving
  • Failure to obey traffic signals
  • Driving the wrong way down a one-way street

Six-point infractions include:

  • Reckless driving in the form of speeding more than 20 miles per hour over the speed limit, excessive speeding, racing, driving with an obstructed view, or improper passing
  • DUI
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Driving on a suspended or revoked license
  • Failing to stop at the scene of a crash involving injury or death
  • Eluding the police

Demerit points remain on a driver’s record for two years from the date of the offense. However, drivers can accumulate one safe driving point per year without a violation, up to a maximum of five safe driving points, which cancel out any demerit points the driver earns. Drivers can earn five safe distance points by completing a driver improvement clinic. Accumulating too many points in a 12- or 18-month period may result in the imposition of a probation period, with any violations committed during that period resulting in a driver’s license suspension.

Potential Defense Strategies to Fight Traffic Tickets for Reckless Driving

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your traffic stop and citation or arrest, you may have available defenses to help you fight a ticket or conviction for reckless driving. Common defense strategies in traffic violation cases include:

  • Challenging the Officer’s Subjective Determination– For traffic offenses involving making an “unsafe” maneuver, you might challenge the officer’s conclusion by arguing that you acted safely, given traffic, weather conditions, and visibility.
  • Mistake of Fact– A judge may dismiss a traffic ticket based on a driver’s honest mistake. For example, if you get ticketed for running a stop sign but can prove that a tree or another object blocked your view of the sign, the judge may agree to dismiss the ticket.
  • Necessity– A necessity defense requires you to prove that you committed a traffic violation to avoid a more significant hazard to yourself or others, such as when you suddenly swerve or speed to avoid a collision
  • Challenging the Reliability of the Officer’s Equipment – In speeding cases, a driver may contest a ticket by challenging the reliability of the officer’s measurement of the driver’s speed. For example, they may show that the officer used an uncalibrated speeding gun or that the speedometer in the officer’s cruiser had become uncalibrated.

How Can a Traffic Lawyer Help You Resolve a Ticket or Arrest?

Although traffic tickets can seem like a severe inconvenience, don’t accept the consequences of a traffic violation without first consulting an attorney about your legal options. Let a traffic ticket attorney from Buczek Carpenter PC help you resolve a traffic violation case by:

  • Investigating the circumstances surrounding your traffic stop to recover any evidence that may prove useful in crafting a defense
  • Sitting down with you to explain the potential outcomes in your case and what to expect throughout the court process
  • Evaluating your options for contesting your violation
  • Advocating in your defense when you choose to fight a ticket or charge in court

Contact Us Today for a Legal Consultation

After getting stopped, ticketed, or arrested for a traffic violation, an experienced traffic lawyer can help you protect your rights and interests and obtain a fair, favorable resolution to your case. Contact Buczek Carpenter PC today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a knowledgeable defense attorney to discuss how we can help you fight your ticket and avoid significant consequences from a conviction.