Virginia Out-of-State Driver Traffic Ticket Attorney
Being ticketed for a traffic violation is annoying. When you are ticketed in a different state from where you live, it can make handling your citation even more difficult. This is especially true if you want to contest your ticket. You may be unfamiliar with the traffic laws in Virginia, and you may not have the time, money, or desire to travel back to Virginia just to deal with your ticket.
That’s where a Virginia traffic lawyer can step in and relieve your headache. Attorney Samantha Upton has extensive experience representing out-of-state drivers who have received traffic citations or are facing charges in Virginia. She can provide you with honest, straightforward counsel and work to handle all the details of your case from start to finish. With her on your side, you can just move forward with your life and trust that she will take care of everything related to your citation.
Even better, she will do all that for a flat fee. You will face no surprise expenses to contest or otherwise resolve your Virginia traffic ticket. To learn more in a free consultation, contact us online or call Upton Law, PLLC today.
Why Out-of-State Drivers Need a Virginia Traffic Lawyer
If you are a driver from out of state who has received a citation for a traffic infraction or traffic offense in Virginia, a traffic lawyer can help you by:
- Reviewing your case for free and helping you understand the possible outcomes you may face, including an explanation of how a conviction may affect your driving record in your home state
- Exploring all potential defenses you might raise to contest your citation or other charges
- Handling negotiations in local jurisdictions to try to get your citation or charge reduced or dismissed
- Appearing on your behalf in court ─ in some cases, if you choose to contest your traffic infraction or go through initial hearings if you have been charged with a criminal traffic offense so that you don’t have to deal with the stress and expense of traveling back to Virginia
- Aggressively advocating for your rights and interests at trial on your citation or charges
Facing a traffic citation outside your home state is a headache. Let Upton Law, PLLC take the pressure off you.
Common Types of Traffic Violations Out-of-State Drivers Face in Virginia
Drivers from out-of-state frequently are ticketed for many of the same traffic infractions and offenses that Virginia drivers face, including:
- Aggressive driving
- Reckless driving
- Failure to maintain control
- Driving with a suspended license or without a valid license
Frequently Asked Questions
Attorney Samantha Upton has vast experience with representing drivers from all over the nation and from outside the country. The following are answers to questions she is often asked by out-of-state drivers who have gotten tickets while driving in Virginia.
Out Of State Drivers
Typically, driving record points transfer between states pursuant to the Driver’s License Compact, by which a driver’s home state is notified of a driver’s conviction for a traffic infraction or offense in another state. States may also transfer points pursuant to individual agreements between states. States will usually transfer points for an out-of-state violation only if the state has a similar offense under its law. States may also transfer points under certain conditions such as transferring points for only major offenses or assigning a different number of points for an out-of-state violation than the state would normally assess for a similar offense committed in-state.
If you live outside of Virginia and receive a traffic ticket while driving in Virginia, an attorney can often appear in court on your behalf to contest your ticket. It depends on the ticket. So, you may never have to go back to Virginia at any point during your case. If you are cited for a criminal traffic violation such as reckless driving, you may need to appear in court in Virginia to enter a plea unless you have an attorney who can appear in court on your behalf. For some criminal traffic offenses, you will have to appear in court with your lawyer, but an attorney experienced in that jurisdiction will be able to advise you on whether your appearance is necessary.
The Driver’s License Compact refers to the agreement among various states to exchange information so that a driver’s home state receives notice and can take appropriate actions when a driver commits a traffic infraction or offense in another state. The purpose of the compact is to ensure that when a driver commits a traffic infraction or offense in another state, the home state’s licensing agency can penalize the driver for that infraction or offense, usually by imposing points on the driver’s record (but usually only if the home state has a law on the books equivalent to the out-of-state offense).
At Upton Law, PLLC, you will be quoted a flat fee upfront to handle your case from start to finish, no matter how long your case may take or how much work ends up being needed. You won’t have to worry about being surprised with a large bill at the end of your case or get concerned about running up fees just to talk to your attorney or continue fighting your case.
Helping Drivers from Everywhere
Attorney Samantha Upton has extensive experience helping drivers from other states and even other countries to resolve their legal situation after receiving a traffic ticket in Virginia. For instance, Upton Law, PLLC can help with your Virginia traffic ticket if you hail from:
- West Virginia
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- New Jersey
- New York
- Washington D.C.
- Puerto Rico
- Or any other state or country
Talk to a Virginia Traffic Lawyer Now
Attorney Samantha Upton has helped clients from up and down the East Coast, across the U.S., and from Canada and other countries around the world. If you received a traffic citation while visiting or driving through Virginia, you don’t have to simply accept the ticket and pay the fine. Contact Upton Law, PLLC today. You can receive a free, no-obligation consultation and learn about all options available to you.