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Penalties for traffic violations such as speeding tickets, reckless driving, driving without a license or under a revoked / suspended license, and DUI / DWI range from a basic infraction where a fine is assessed to a Class 1 Misdemeanor which is a criminal conviction that carries a fine of up to $2,500 and a maximum jail sentence of 12 months. In some very egregious situations, or in cases where you have multiple prior convictions, you may face felony criminal charges.
While some traffic violations are considered infractions by the Court - as opposed to misdemeanors or felonies - they can still have long-range negative consequences, both financial and otherwise.
These infractions will remain on your DMV report for years, raise your insurance rates, and even cause your driver’s license to be suspended. They may also impact your ability to find or keep your job. If you have a career that involves operating a vehicle during work hours or if you are required to maintain a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) you may find yourself facing a sudden and mandatory career change.
Because of this, obtaining a competent attorney even for a “simple” traffic violation can yield very positive and far-reaching results.
Reckless driving is a serious offense in Virginia. A reckless driving conviction, places a Class 1 Misdemeanor on your permanent criminal record. Also, the monetary penalties for reckless driving convictions can be high and often there is an active jail sentence imposed in addition to the fine if your speed is high enough or if injuries to persons or property resulted from your conduct.
When you face traffic charges, you need experienced counsel to protect your rights.
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DUI and DWI charges are perhaps the most serious traffic-related criminal matter a defendant can face. In recent years, the Virginia legislature has passed a number of new laws which have increased the penalties for DUI or DWI convictions.
Beginning in 2012, first time offenders who are convicted of a DUI must have a certified Ignition Interlock Device installed in their vehicles, which can be very expensive to maintain and can even malfunction, leaving you with an inoperable vehicle.
First time offenders will also have their licenses revoked or restricted for a minimum of six months. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is high enough, there may even be mandatory active jail time for a first offense in addition to any other penalties or restrictions the Judge may impose. The old motto “Your first one is free” simply does not apply anymore in Virginia.
In addition, driving without or under a revoked / suspended license and DUI and DWI penalties become more severe upon each subsequent conviction, including mandatory active jail time.
Because these charges can “stack up,” it is important have a competent attorney who can properly advise you of your situation from the start, before the convictions can compound to a point where you may face a lengthy jail term instead of what would otherwise only be a small fine.
Please refer to our page about Criminal Defense for a detailed explanation of the comprehensive approach the attorneys at Robert E. Long & Associates, Ltd. take with every criminal charge.
In any case, your best chance for a positive outcome is to have an attorney who can properly advise you each step of the way. The attorneys at Robert E. Long & Associates are personable, experienced, and effective. We know the law and get real results for our clients.
Located in Hampton, Virginia, the firm primarily services clients and cases throughout the Peninsula and Southside Hampton Roads, including Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach as well as in Gloucester, Williamsburg (and all of James City County) and York County (Yorktown & Poquoson). Additionally, the firm also routinely handles matters throughout the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Call us today at 757-723-7742 to schedule a FREE in-person consultation.