Sussex County, VA Traffic Violation Lawyer
Many people consider traffic tickets minor nuisances to be paid and forgotten, but that is often not the case. Depending on the offense and other factors, a traffic ticket in Sussex County, Virginia, could cost you your driving privileges, lead to heavy fines, or even land you in jail. These outcomes are serious, and they require an equally serious defense.
Attorney Samantha Upton and the rest of the team at Upton Law, PLLC, have helped thousands of drivers accused of traffic offenses throughout Virginia, including Sussex County. We want to help you keep your driving privileges and avoid the worst consequences of a traffic ticket.
If you’ve been accused of a traffic violation and are concerned about the potential penalties, live out of state, or simply want to challenge the charges, contact our office today. Samantha Upton offers free consultations, so it won’t cost you anything to learn about your options.
Why You Need a Sussex County Traffic Offense Lawyer
A traffic ticket in Sussex County can affect your life more than you think. If you lose your driver’s license, you may be unable to get to work, take your children to school, or enjoy many of your favorite activities. Serious traffic offenses also carry additional penalties like heavy fines and even jail time in some circumstances.
A traffic offense lawyer in Sussex County can help keep you out of jail and protect your driving privileges. Moreover, you will have a much higher chance of winning your case than if you tried to handle it yourself.
Upton Law, PLLC, can also help you if you live outside the jurisdiction where you were ticketed and wish to contest the charges. Attorney Samantha Upton can handle all the paperwork and even appear in court on your behalf, making it easier to fight back without having to drop everything and rush back to Sussex County.
Types of Serious Traffic Offenses in Sussex County
Upton Law, PLLC, is prepared to defend clients facing a wide range of serious traffic offenses in Sussex County, including:
- Aggressive driving
- Reckless driving
- Failure to maintain control (a form of reckless driving)
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Eluding (a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances)
- Driving with a suspended license
- Driving with no license
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Improper lane change
- Failure to stop at a stoplight
- Following too closely
Penalties and Defenses for Traffic Offenses in Sussex County, VA
The penalties for traffic violations in Sussex County depend on what offense you are accused of and the particular facts of your case. Broadly speaking, though, the potential penalties for a serious traffic offense include:
- Demerit points on your driving record, which could cause you to lose your driving privileges
- Hefty fines
- Jail time
- Attending a driving improvement course
- An ignition interlock installed on your car (if you are convicted of DUI)
- A felony on your criminal record
The number of demerit points that could be added to your license depends on the offense. The DMV maintains an online list of traffic offenses and their assigned point value. Here are the number of demerit points for some of the most common offenses:
- Three-point violations: Speeding (up to 9 mph over the posted limit), improper passing, driving on the sidewalk, making an illegal U-turn, improper stopping on a highway
- Four-point violations: Reckless driving, speeding (10-19 mph over the posted limit), failing to yield the right-of-way, failing to yield to emergency vehicles, passing when it’s not safe
- Six-point violations: Speeding (20+ mph over the posted limit), racing other drivers, driving under the influence, refusing a DUI test, driving with a suspended license
For those 18 and older, accumulating 12 points in 12 months or 18 points in 24 months will result in a requirement to attend a driving improvement program. Getting 18 points in 12 months or 24 points in 24 months leads to a 90-day license suspension and additional punishments.
If you are concerned about the possible consequences of a traffic ticket in Virginia, there are some common defense strategies used in these cases, such as:
- Demanding the prosecution identify the specific road and location of your alleged offense
- Arguing that you were not on a “highway” at the time of the offense, as some Virginia traffic laws are specific to highways
- Showing that you were not the driver when the alleged offense occurred
- Showing that the radar gun or other equipment used by police was defective in some way