Speeding Ticket Lawyer in Richmond, VA
Did you receive a ticket for speeding in Richmond? Are you worried about how a ticket will impact your driving record and privileges? Before you decide to just pay the ticket and move on, you should talk to a knowledgeable Richmond speeding ticket lawyer about your legal options. An attorney could make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.
At Upton Law, PLLC, Richmond speeding ticket lawyer Samantha Upton will give you an honest evaluation of your situation and be straightforward about how she can help. She has extensive experience assisting both Richmond residents and out-of-state drivers who have gotten speeding tickets here. She is ready to put her legal skill and knowledge to work for you.
Contact Upton Law, PLLC today for a free consultation.
How a Richmond Speeding Ticket Lawyer Can Help You
Richmond speeding ticket attorney Samantha Upton can help you by:
- Offering an honest, straightforward assessment of your case, including the potential and likely outcomes based on the jurisdiction where your ticket was issued
- Reviewing the facts and evidence in your case to identify potential defenses to contest your ticket
- Negotiating for a reduction in your offense, where possible, and based on your goals
- Advocating on your behalf in court to have your ticket dismissed or, if convicted, to seek minimal penalties for you
- Quoting you a flat fee upfront for handling your speeding ticket, so you never receive a surprise bill or worry about your legal fees going up every time you talk to your attorney
- Taking all the pressure off you if you live out of state, so you don’t have to return to Richmond to fight your ticket
Understanding How Law Enforcement Clocks Speeding
Police officers in the Richmond area typically measure drivers’ speeds via one of three methods:
- Radar – Officers may use a radar gun or mounted radar device, which sends out radio waves. The device measures the change in frequency of the wave after it bounces off a vehicle. It uses the Doppler effect to measure the vehicle’s speed. Although many law enforcement agencies have switched to more modern LIDAR devices, radar devices continue to be used in areas around Richmond. Virginia remains the only state that outlaws the use of radar detectors by motorists.
- LIDAR – Many law enforcement agencies use a laser-based radar system that offers benefits over traditional radar speed guns, including the ability to target individual vehicles. This device can be particularly useful for police officers when numerous vehicles are on the road or moving closely together.
- Pace method – Under the pace method, a police officer will drive behind the target vehicle and try to match the vehicle’s speed at a set distance. The officer will usually judge distance by observing when the target vehicle passes an object and when the officer’s own vehicle passes the same object. Once the officer confirms that the police vehicle is traveling at the same speed as the target vehicle, the officer will monitor the speedometer as the two vehicles travel for a certain distance (often roughly one-quarter mile) to determine the target vehicle’s speed.
Types of Speeding Violations
Drivers in the Richmond area can get ticketed for a wide range of speeding offenses, including:
- Speeding 1-9 mph above the posted speed limit
- Speeding 10-19 mph above the posted speed limit
- Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit
- Speeding above 85 mph
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Speeding in a work zone
- Speeding in a school zone
Consequences of Speeding Ticket Convictions in Richmond
Most basic speeding offenses will result in a traffic ticket. If you accept guilt or are convicted for the ticket, you will have to pay the fine associated with the ticket. Virginia imposes a $6 fine for every mile per hour over the posted speed limit, with the fine increasing to $7 per mph when speeding in a school or work zone and $8 per mph when speeding in certain residential zones. You will also be assessed court fees in addition to your fine.
However, certain speeding offenses constitute the criminal offense of reckless driving under Virginia law. Those offenses include speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit, speeding above 85 mph, driving too fast for conditions, and racing.
Reckless driving is usually charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor. This carries a potential sentence of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. It also carries the possibility of a license suspension of up to 6 months.
Speeding offenses also result in the imposition of demerit points on your Virginia driving record (or home state record if you are not a Virginia resident). For Virginia drivers, a violation of speeding 1-9 mph above the posted speed limit will result in three demerit points assessed on your record. Speeding 10-19 mph above the posted speed limit carries a four-point penalty for Virginia drivers. A conviction for a speeding offense that constitutes reckless driving carries a six-point penalty for Virginia drivers. Other states have their own policies for allocating points for out-of-state tickets.
Accumulating 12 points in a 12-month period or 18 points in a 24-month period will result in a requirement to attend a driver improvement course and being placed on DMV probation for a period of 6 months. If you are already on DMV probation, any conviction of a moving violation will result in a DMV suspension of your license. If you commit a speeding violation that constitutes reckless driving, the court may also have the option to suspend your driving privileges for a period of 60 days to six months.
Common Speeding Ticket Defenses
Although a police officer in the Richmond area may have ticketed you for driving at a particular speed, you may have defenses to contest your speeding ticket in court, including:
- Challenging the officer’s implementation of the pace method to clock your vehicle’s speed
- Proving that your vehicle had an improperly calibrated speedometer that caused you to believe you were driving at a legal speed
You may be able to contest a speeding ticket or have the ticket reduced to a lesser charge by showing that you were speeding due to a genuine emergency such as trying to get to the hospital.
Talk to a Richmond Speeding Ticket Attorney Now
If you have received a speeding ticket in Richmond, reach out to attorney Samantha Upton for the straightforward legal help you need. She has helped countless drivers from the Richmond area as well as other states avoid the most severe penalties that come with speeding violations. Call or reach Upton Law, PLLC online today for a free, no-obligation consultation.