Traffic Ticket Attorney in Virginia

Getting stopped by the police and ticketed for a traffic offense can easily ruin your day.

Although you may be tempted to simply pay the ticket and move on with your life, you should understand your options and the potential consequences. For example, being repeatedly ticketed for traffic violations could result in more severe consequences like the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license and more.

Fortunately, you can talk about your case for free with a knowledgeable Virginia traffic ticket lawyer who has a deep background in handling these types of cases. Attorney Samantha Upton has dedicated her legal career to helping people just like you fight their traffic tickets, including Virginia residents and out-of-state drivers who were ticketed within the state.

To learn more, contact the experts at Upton Law, PLLC today for a free and confidential consultation. Samantha can give you an honest assessment of what you are facing and a realistic view of how your traffic ticket can be resolved.

When Should You Hire a Traffic Lawyer in Virginia?

In many cases, it can make sense to hire a lawyer after you have been ticketed for a moving violation in Virginia. Contact Virginia traffic ticket attorney Samantha Upton if you:

  • Don’t know your options and the potential defenses available to contest the ticket
  • Are concerned about the possible outcomes in your case
  • Are interested in pursuing an alternative resolution to your case such as a reduction in the severity of the offense or enrollment in a driver improvement course
  • Live out of state or do not live in the jurisdiction where you received your traffic ticket
  • Want to challenge the traffic citation without the hassle of dealing with all the paperwork and court appearances yourself

Common Types of Traffic Offenses

Examples of traffic offenses commonly ticketed in Virginia include, but are not limited to:

How a Minor Infraction Can Turn into a Major Headache

If you receive a traffic ticket in Richmond or elsewhere in Virginia, you should never ignore the ticket or forget to pay the fine or appear in court. Even if the fine is a relatively small one, failing to pay it or appear in court to contest the ticket can result in serious consequences over time, including:

  • The imposition of interest and penalties on top of your initial fine and fees
  • Having the balance of your fines sent to a collection agency, which can impact your credit rating
  • The issuance of an arrest warrant for a failure to appear in court

A traffic ticket doesn’t simply “go away.” You need to take it seriously and seek straightforward legal advice from a Virginia traffic ticket attorney who will look out for you and your future.

Driver’s License Points for Traffic Tickets in Virginia

If you hold a Virginia driver’s license, a conviction for a traffic offense in Virginia may also include the assessment of demerit points on your driving record. Each specific traffic offense imposes a set number of demerit points upon conviction, ranging from three points for the least serious offenses to six points for the most serious offenses.

Demerit points stay on your driving record for up to 11 years. If you accumulate enough demerit points over a 12- or 24-month period, your driver’s license can be suspended or you will be placed on a six-month probation. Additional traffic offenses can result in additional suspensions of your driving privileges.

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Consequences of Traffic Convictions in Virginia

If you choose to simply pay your traffic ticket, or if you contest the ticket but are convicted of the traffic offense in court, you may face various consequences for your traffic violation, including:
  • An obligation to pay the fine associated with the offense, along with mandatory court fees
  • The imposition of demerit points on your driver’s license, which may result in the suspension of your driving privileges
  • The court-ordered obligation to attend a driver improvement clinic
  • Increased auto insurance premiums, or if you have accumulated enough offenses or have committed a serious enough offense, the potential cancellation or denial of the renewal of your policy

A traffic conviction can have professional consequences as well, especially if you are required to drive as part of your job. Many traffic offenses can result in the disqualification of your commercial driver’s license (CDL) if you hold one. Your employer may also decide to terminate you, or your application for employment may be declined if the job involves driving (such as a delivery job).

Help for Out-of-State Drivers

Virginia traffic ticket lawyer Samantha Upton has extensive experience with helping out-of-state drivers deal with traffic tickets issued in Virginia. If you get a ticket while visiting or passing through the state, contesting your ticket, or trying to reduce the severity of your charge, can present a major headache. Samantha can make the process of handling your Virginia traffic ticket much easier when you are from out-of-state by:

  • Taking care of all aspects of your case so that you don’t have to travel back to Virginia for a meeting or to appear in court to contest your ticket.
  • Explaining the laws in Virginia and the possible outcomes from your ticket.
  • Helping you understand the best possible strategy for your case.
  • Quoting a flat fee for legal representation so you know upfront what your case will cost. You won’t have to worry about surprise fees or running up a bill when you work with Upton Law, PLLC.

Talk to a Virginia Traffic Lawyer Today

If you have received a ticket in Virginia, contact Upton Law, PLLC to speak with an experienced traffic violation lawyer. Samantha Upton will discuss your situation and work hard to minimize the consequences the ticket will have on your life. The consultation is free and entirely confidential. Call or reach us online today to get started on your defense.

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