Case Results: Reckless Driving

Great Results in Road Rage Accident Case

Reckless Driving

Samantha Upton negotiated a great result for a client in Chesterfield County. This was a classic case of “road rage” where the client abruptly stopped his car in the roadway, causing an accident, and after a short confrontation with the other driver, left the scene without exchanging any information as required by law. A police officer was able to locate the defendant and charged him with three misdemeanors (Hit and Run – Class 1 Misdemeanor; Reckless Driving – Class 1 Misdemeanor; Aggressive Driving – Class 2 Misdemeanor), and a traffic citation for Improper Stopping on a Highway. The client was facing jail, loss of license, and the possibility of thousands of dollars in fines.

Samantha was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the Hit and Run and Aggressive Driving Misdemeanors and the Improper Stopping on a Highway charge and the client was left with just the Reckless Driving charge with a $150 fine plus court costs. Although the client’s license was suspended for a short period of time, Samantha was able to get him a restricted license so that he could drive to and from work, his children’s school and daycare, and church.

Greensville, VA – 90 mph Reckless Driving Reduced to 79 mph Minor Speeding Ticket

Reckless Driving

Samantha Upton represented a client from Nevada who was charged with Reckless Driving by Speed for driving 90mph in a 70 mph zone in Greensville County, Virginia. The client was former military, had a TS/SCI (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information) Security Clearance and works for a government agency, mostly overseas. He had a lot on the line and wanted to avoid the Misdemeanor conviction.

Ms. Upton worked with the client to create a mitigation strategy well in advance of Court. On the day of Court, she was able to convince the Judge to reduce the Reckless Driving charge to a simple speeding ticket – 79/70 mph zone. The client also received a reduced fine, never had to appear in court, and Ms. Upton was able to waive the often imposed community service requirement.

Sussex County Va Reckless Driving Charge Reduced

Reckless Driving

Samantha Upton represented a client charged with Reckless Driving by speed for driving 57 mph in a 35 mph zone through the Town of Waverly in Sussex County, Virginia. Waverly is a particularly popular place for speeding tickets because the speed limit drops quickly and then raises back again. The Reckless Driving charge was reduced to a simple speeding infraction with only a fine and court cost.

Petersburg Reckless Driving and No License Charge Reduced

Reckless Driving

Samantha Upton appeared on behalf of a client charged with Reckless Driving and No Valid Driver’s License in Petersburg, Virginia. The client was unable to get a valid license because of his immigration status. Ms. Upton was able to appear in Court on behalf of the client, without the client having to appear, and was able to have the Reckless Driving charge reduced to a simple traffic infraction and keep the consequences to the No Valid Driver’s License charge to a minimal fine of $50.00

Petersburg VA Out Of State Military Service Reckless Driving Charge Reduced

Reckless Driving

Samantha Upton represented a Massachusetts license holder in Petersburg General District Court on a charge of Reckless Driving for 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. He was a member of the Navy stationed in North Carolina. As a service member, he was extremely concerned about the impact a Misdemeanor could have on his career. Ms. Upton was able to have the charge reduced to Improper Driving- a minor traffic infraction- and avoid the Misdemeanor.

Mecklenburg Va Reckless Driving 95 MPH Charge Reduced

Reckless Driving

Samantha Upton represented a client charged with Reckless Driving for driving 95 mph in a 70 mph zone through Mecklenburg, Virginia. Many jurisdictions in Virginia consider and will impose an active jail sentence for speeds exceeding 90 mph. The client was a college student with a clean driving record. There was nothing aggravated about the case besides the speed, but the speed alone is an issue.

Ms. Upton was able to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecutor for the client’s Reckless Driving charge to be REDUCED to a minor traffic infraction upon payment of a $300.00 fine, completion of community service hours, and completion of a driver improvement class.

The client never had to travel from his South Carolina college and Ms. Upton was able to avoid jail, a high fine, a license suspension and even the Class 1 Misdemeanor.

Emporia Va Reckless Driving 74MPH Charge Reduced

Reckless Driving

Samantha Upton represented a client charged with driving 74 mph in a 55 mph construction zone and Failure to Carry Registration in Emporia, Virginia. The client was licensed in North Carolina, which means they faced a 30 day license suspension from the North Carolina DMV if convicted of the speeding ticket.

Ms. Upton was able to have the speeding charge reduced to Defective Equipment with just a fine and Court Cost and was able to get the registration charge dismissed.

Greensville County Va Reckless Driving 90MPH For Nevada Man Charge Reduced

Reckless Driving

Samantha Upton represented a client from Nevada who was charged with Reckless Driving by Speed for driving 90mph in a 70 mph zone in Greensville County, Virginia. The client was former military, had a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Clearance and works for a government agency, mostly overseas. He had a lot on the line and wanted to avoid the Misdemeanor conviction.

Ms. Upton worked with the client to create a mitigation strategy well in advance of Court. On the day of Court, she was able to convince the Judge to reduce the Reckless Driving charge to a simple speeding ticket – 79/70 mph zone. The client also received a reduced fine, never had to appear, and Ms. Upton was able to waive the community service requirement.

Greensville County Va Reckless Driving 103MPH For Florida Man Charge Reduced

Reckless Driving

Samantha Upton represented a client from Florida who was charged with driving 103 mph in his 727 hp supercharged Ford Mustang on the way back from a business trip. He was facing an active jail sentence, a 6 month license suspension, and a $2,500.00 fine.

As a small business owner, avoiding a jail sentence and a license suspension were critical. Ms. Upton worked with her client to develop a mitigation strategy tailored to best highlight her client and to have the most meaningful impact in Greensville County General District Court. Without the client appearing, Ms. Upton was able to convince the Court to take an active jail sentence and the prospect of a license suspension off of the table for this client. The client ultimately had to appear for the final case resolution where the Judge imposed his only sentence — a reduced fine of $1,250.00.

Dinwiddie Va Reckless Driving 100MPH Charge Reduced to Small Fine

Reckless Driving

Samantha Upton represented a gentleman charged with driving 100 mph through Dinwiddie County on Interstate-85. He had 4 other people in the car and had been traveling back from an out of state work trip. He was facing an active jail sentence and a license suspension. He was extremely concerned about a jail sentence and also worried because he needed to be able to drive for work.

From the very first consultation, Ms. Upton and the client had a mitigation plan worked out to put them in the best possible position for a negotiation with the Prosecutor. By the Court date, they had worked out an agreement with the prosecutor that involved no loss of license, no active jail sentence, and only a $250.00 fine.