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When Out of State Motorists Are Caught Speeding in Virginia (Part A)

It's no secret that law enforcement agencies have been cracking down on speeding in Virginia for many years now. When a resident gets a speeding ticket in their area, it's enough of a hassle to hire a Virginia reckless driving attorney to help dispose of it. But it can be especially difficult for out of state motorists.

Reckless Driving is not merely a traffic infraction. It is a criminal offense - a class 1 misdemeanor - the most serious class of misdemeanor in Virginia with maximum penalties of 1 year in jail, $2,500 fine, and a 6-month suspension of your driver's license.

These consequences extend to out of state motorists as well as Virginia residents.
 

Out of State Motorists Targeted for Virginia Reckless Driving Tickets


Virginia police are notorious for issuing citations for speeding and reckless driving to out of state motorists. If these individuals wish to contest the ticket, they often have to travel from their home back to the jurisdiction where they were stopped. In doing so, they have to pay for the gasoline if they drive or for airfare if they fly.

Many times, the judicial process can take 2 days, which forces them to incur the additional expense of a hotel room. They also usually have to miss work, which could result in lost wages during that time. So the ticket-fighting process can get very expensive very quickly. Police know this and often will give out of state motorists speeding tickets knowing they will likely decide not to fight the ticket in court.
 

 

Enforcement Areas for Speeding in Virginia


Virginia is known for its beautiful beaches, historical sites, and friendly people - but it has also garnered a reputation as a speed trap hotbed. Traffic enforcement is extremely strict along Interstates 64, 85, and 95 in and around the city of Richmond. In addition, the dockets of the city's traffic courts are usually packed, which is also true in many counties such as: 

 

  • Caroline;
  • Chesterfield;
  • Hanover;
  • Greensville/Emporia
  • Dinwiddie
  • Hopewell
  • Henrico; and
  • New Kent. 


Speed traps in the state are manned around-the-clock, 7 days a week, and penalties for speeding in Virginia are severe and unforgiving.

Bob Battle Can Help With Your Virginia Speeding Ticket

Virginia reckless driving attorney Bob Battle has been defending speeding ticket recipients for over 25 years. Not only does he help locals who are accused of speeding in Virginia, but he has also structured his practice to serve out of area and out of state motorists who have been nabbed by law enforcement for speeding or reckless driving.

Continue to the next part of our article to learn more about how out of state motorists can fight Virginia reckless driving charges.

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Bob Battle
100% of my practice is devoted to serious traffic defense and criminal litigation in state and federal courts