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License Suspensions

Posted by Thomas Wilson | Nov 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

In Virginia if a driver receives too many points within certain time periods the DMV may administratively suspend or revoke his license. In order to get his license back drivers may be required to pay reinstatement fees, attend a driving improvement clinic, and subsequently complete probation and control periods.

Virginia's Demerit Point System

Posted by Thomas Wilson | Oct 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

For every calendar year you go without receiving a suspension or revocation of your license, or without receiving a traffic violation, you will receive one safe driving point on your driving record. § 46.2-494. You are not allowed to accumulate more than 5 total safe driving points. If you were convicted of a violation for which you would have received a demerit point during a year which you already received a safe driving point, that point is invalidated.

How to Calculate Your Speeding Ticket Fine

Posted by Thomas Wilson | Aug 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pursuant to § 46.2-113 (Violations of this title; penalties. Maximum fine equal to class 4 misdemeanor) the Virginia legislature has decided that there will be preset fines attached to specific traffic infractions. The VA code provides that the maximum fine for traffic infractions is equal to the maximum fine for a class 4 misdemeanor, $250. Court costs are also assessed for these violations.

Missed Traffic Court Date

Posted by Thomas Wilson | Aug 03, 2016 | 0 Comments

The consequences of missing your traffic court date will vary depending on the severity of your charge, and how long it takes for you to discover that you missed the court date (presuming it wasn't intentional of course). If you have been charged with a traffic infraction, such as speeding in violation of § 46.2-870, missing a court date will very likely result in your being found guilty. If you choose to pre-pay your ticket in lieu of coming to court you are admitting guilt.

How to Change Your Traffic Court Date

Posted by Thomas Wilson | Jul 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

It is not uncommon for drivers to need to change their court date to a later time. In some cases drivers are not able to appear because of work or family obligations. In other cases, drivers need to change their court date because they need more time to gather evidence for their defense. This page discusses how the continuance process in Virginia works.

How to Obtain Your Virginia Driving Record

Posted by Thomas Wilson | Jul 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

In many traffic violation cases it makes sense to get a copy of your driving record. In a lot of courts your driving record will be an important factor to the judge hearing your case. A good driving record could make the difference between a conviction and a reduction or dismissal of your ticket. While many officers will bring a copy of your record to court for the judge to see, occasionally they may forget to pull your record. Additionally, it will be helpful to your attorney when determining the best way to handle your case.

Virginia’s Open Container Law

Posted by Thomas Wilson | Jun 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Virginia's open container law is a commonly misunderstood law in VA. Without fully understanding not only what the open container law prohibits and does not prohibit, but also other laws in VA that may apply to the exact same conduct, many people run the risk of being cited for an alcohol related...

Consequences of a DUI in Virginia

Posted by Thomas Wilson | Jun 09, 2016 | 0 Comments

All DUI convictions in Virginia are accompanied by serious consequences. License suspensions, fines, and jail time are possible in many cases. Consequences of DUI 1st Maximum fine of $2,500 and 1 year in jail Mandatory minimum fine of $250 If BAC .15 or greater but less than .20 = 5 days in...

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