SHOULD I HIRE A LAWYER FOR A TRAFFIC TICKET IN VIRGINIA?
If you receive a speeding, DUI, or traffic ticket in Virginia, you should seek legal advice.
Although certain criminal defense cases do not require legal representation, it is always beneficial to get legal advice from an experienced attorney. Challenges differ from case to case and a lot depends on whether it’s your first, second, or even third offense. At CowanGates, our traffic ticket lawyers in Richmond, Virginia will argue in your favor and work to get your ticket contested and dismissed. With more than 40 years of experience successfully fighting criminal defense and traffic charges, we can help protect your rights guide you through the legal process.
Here are 4 traffic violations and their potential outcomes with and without a lawyer:
Exceeding the speed limit can result in you paying out-of-pocket fines and receiving adding points on your license — which ultimately increases your insurance rate. We understand that neither option is ideal. Our knowledgeable attorneys can help negotiate more cost-effective solutions such as traffic school or in the best-case scenario, a dismissed ticket.
Speeding In A School Or Work Zone
School and work zones are often difficult to spot. Trust us, we’re familiar with Chesterfield, Richmond, and surrounding areas. In general, there is a $7 per fee for every MPH over the speed limit you were driving in a school or work zone. Not only is the penalty costly, but if you are caught driving 20 MPH over the posted limit, it can result in a Class 1 misdemeanor. In certain cases, hiring an experienced attorney will often help the judge to rule in your favor.
Running A Red Light
Typically, a red light ticket carries a maximum fine of $350 in Virginia. In addition, a conviction can add demerit points to your driving record — similar to a speeding ticket. In certain situations, running a red light can be considered a reckless driving offense. Luckily, traffic cameras footage is often collectible to better prove your innocence. To understand your charge and figure out the best legal approach, our attorneys are here to help negotiate a plea or dismissal.
Reckless Driving or DUI
Reckless driving and DUI charges are serious, not to mention they can escalate rather quickly. A second-offense reckless driving charge equates to a felony and requires you to pay hefty annual fees. DUI’s can often result in revoked driving privileges, a suspended license, potential jail time, and a fine up to $2,500. Our criminal defense team can help to determine if your ticket was wrongfully issued and provide expert advice on the best route to take.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Richmond, VA
To speak with one of our trustworthy criminal defense attorneys in Richmond, Virginia, who have successfully handled hundreds of traffic violations and drunk driving cases, call 804-320-9100 today and ask to speak with Neil Cowan, David Gates, Henry Jones, or Rusty Gates.