Minor Traffic Infraction Attorney in Virginia
Getting pulled over for speeding or some other minor traffic infraction in Virginia may seem like a slight inconvenience at the time. However, if you ignore the ticket or simply admit guilt and pay the fine, it can carry major financial consequences for you down the road. In fact, if you get enough traffic tickets, you could lose your driving privileges.
Fortunately, you may have options for handling your minor traffic citation and avoiding or mitigating the financial and other consequences that come with a conviction. At Upton Law, PLLC, an experienced Virginia minor traffic infraction lawyer will help you to explore all options available to you and seek the best possible outcome in your case. Attorney Samantha Upton has built her firm on taking the hassle out of these situations for her clients. To learn more, contact us online or call Upton Law, PLLC today, for a free and confidential consultation.
Common Types of Minor Infractions
In Virginia, some of the most common minor traffic infractions that drivers are pulled over and ticketed for include:
- Following too closely
- Failing to come to a complete stop
- Failing to yield
- Making an illegal U-turn
- Improper lane change
Attorney Samantha Upton focuses her practice exclusively on traffic cases and criminal defense. She has successfully resolved thousands of cases for drivers throughout Virginia and out-of-state drivers who were ticketed here. To discuss the specifics of your case, contact Upton Law, PLLC for a free consultation.
Why Hire an Attorney for a Minor Traffic Infraction?
To some people, it may seem unnecessary to hire an attorney just to deal with a citation or ticket for a minor traffic infraction. However, getting experienced legal representation on your side provides many benefits. When you work with Samantha Upton, she will:
- Evaluate your case for free and give you a straightforward assessment of all potential defenses available to contest your citation
- Help you understand the potential consequences of a conviction on your infraction, including the potential fines, points, additional insurance obligations, and whether you may face a suspension of your driving privileges
- Take care of all the details so you can contest your ticket in Virginia even if you live out of state
With Upton Law, PLLC, you also get the benefit of being quoted a flat fee for legal assistance from a Virginia minor traffic infraction lawyer. No matter how much work goes into your case, you will never be surprised by additional charges or fees.
Penalties for Minor Traffic Infractions in Virginia
If you are ticketed for a minor traffic offense in Virginia, you should know the amount of the potential fine for the infraction. Virginia maintains a schedule of fines for each type of minor traffic violation, aside from speeding. Fines for speeding tickets are usually based on how fast over the legal or posted speed limit you were going and whether you were speeding in a special area such as a school or construction zone or a residential area. In addition to the fine associated with your offense, if you plead or are found guilty of the minor traffic infraction, you will also be required to pay a fee for court costs.
In addition to the fines and fees imposed for a minor traffic infraction, a guilty plea or conviction may also result in the imposition of demerit points on your driving record. The number of points you may receive for your infraction depends on the severity of your offense. Offenses are assigned anywhere from three to six points. Points remain on your driving record until you earn the safe driving points back while the record of your conviction will remain based on the specific traffic infraction, ranging from three to 11 years.
You may be eligible to remove some points off your record by successfully completing a driver improvement course approved by the state of Virginia. However, you cannot take the driving school to both earn safe driving points AND receive a break in Court. If you accumulate enough points over a 12- or 24-month period, you can be placed on DMV probation.
If you receive convictions for minor traffic infractions, your auto insurance company may also increase your policy premiums.
What to Do If You Are Pulled Over for a Traffic Violation
If you are pulled over for a suspected traffic violation, there are things you can do that may help you avoid a ticket or protect your rights if you later choose to contest the citation or seek a reduced fine or penalty. Those steps include:
- Being courteous to the officer by turning your engine and radio off, rolling down your window, turning on the interior lights, and keeping your hands on the steering wheel.
- Remaining polite when speaking with the officer. If you get rude or angry, you almost certainly will get a ticket. If you have an uneventful traffic stop, it may make it more likely that the officer won’t remember the details of your stop if you later choose to contest your citation in court.
- Following all instructions given by the officer. If the officer asks you questions, keep your answers short and direct. Avoid offering answers or statements that indicate you know you committed a traffic violation. For example, if the officer asks if you know why you were stopped or how fast you were going, you can simply respond that you don’t know why the officer stopped you or that you believe you were going with the flow of traffic. Remember: If the officer issues you a citation, taking or signing the ticket is not admitting guilt but only acknowledging that you received a copy of the ticket.
- After the stop, making a record of the incident. You should make a note of when and where you were stopped, how fast you were going (if you know), and the lighting, weather, traffic, and road conditions.
Finally, you should take time to speak with a Virginia minor traffic infraction attorney to discuss your case and to learn more about your rights and your options for addressing your citation. If you ignore the ticket, it can lead to serious consequences and turn your minor ticket into a major headache.
Talk to a Virginia Minor Traffic Infraction Attorney Now
If you have received a ticket or citation for a minor traffic infraction in Richmond or elsewhere in Virginia, you should talk to traffic lawyer Samantha Upton about your options. When you work with Upton Law, PLLC, you can count on receiving a realistic assessment of your case and straightforward advice. Get started today. Call or reach out online for a free, no-obligation consultation.