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Traffic Violation Attorney Virginia Beach

Fierce Defense for Traffic Offenses in Southeast Virginia

While no one enjoys getting traffic tickets, citations for speeding, reckless driving, and related offenses are often an inevitable reality for Virginia drivers. From overlooking speed limit signs to driving with an expired license to having one drink too many before leaving the bar, drivers who violate state traffic laws can reap harsh legal consequences.

Traffic violations can range in severity, from a minor traffic infraction to a more serious felony DUI. While minor traffic infractions are unlikely to result in prison time, this isn’t the case for more serious violations, such as driving under the influence (DUI) or reckless driving. Although it can be easy to underestimate the severity of traffic citations, many traffic violations are punishable as misdemeanor or felony offenses in Virginia, often leading to harsh legal consequences in court.

Are you facing charges for a traffic offense? Call JRLaw PLC, today at (757) 447-0080 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our traffic violations attorney in Virginia Beach. 

Why Choose Our Virginia Beach Traffic Offense Attorney?

  • Former Police Officer Who Served for 15+ Years
  • Over a Decade of Experience
  • Defends 100s of People Every Year
  • Winner of Avvo Clients' Choice Award for Criminal Defense
  • Selected for National Trial Lawyers: Top 100

With any charge, contact an experienced and dedicated attorney at JRLaw, PLC to help protect your driving privileges and your driving record. It is important that you understand the charges you are facing and what this can mean for your future. Our Virginia Beach traffic violations attorney can explain this and more. Jerrell R. Johnson can work to get our charges reduced, dismissed, or even acquitted in a trial. Learn your options today.

Traffic Offense Cases We Handle

Our Virginia Beach traffic violations lawyer provides tough defense for a broad range of traffic offenses:

Understanding Traffic Laws in Virginia

There are various types of traffic violations in Virginia, each with varying legal definitions and penalties. Under Title 46.2 of the Code of Virginia, traffic infractions are considered the most minor type of traffic offense drivers can commit.

Common examples of traffic infractions in Virginia include:

  • Speeding
  • Running red lights
  • Failure to come to a complete stop at stop signs or red lights
  • Tailgating or following other drivers too closely
  • Driving with broken taillights or headlights

Unlike some traffic offenses, traffic infractions are non-criminal, meaning that they aren’t punishable as felonies or misdemeanors. While some traffic infractions can be resolved by the driver without issue, more serious violations can require sound counsel from a qualified attorney to be successful. This typically occurs when drivers are facing more serious charges or decide to appeal, meaning they want to contest the violation by fighting for a full dismissal or negotiating a plea deal in court.

What Are the Penalties for Traffic Violations in VA?

With traffic offenses, your penalties will vary depending on the severity of the situation. For a simple traffic infraction such as speeding, you may be faced with simply a fine. But if you have prior convictions or are facing a more severe offense, you could be looking at jail times and maybe even have your license suspended. Your driving record could be ruined, and you may be unable to drive for an extended period of time. In addition to the criminal penalties, your insurance rates could increase or your carrier may even deny you coverage.

Misdemeanor Traffic Offenses

Though less serious than felony traffic offenses, misdemeanor traffic violations can still carry serious penalties for drivers in Virginia. Common misdemeanor traffic offenses include:

  • Reckless driving – Reckless driving is one of the most common misdemeanor traffic offenses in Virginia. Its legal definition entails operating a motor vehicle with a disregard for the safety of others or property. Penalties can include up to 12 months in jail, up to $2,500 in fines, and up to 6 months of driver’s license suspension.
  • Driving with a suspended license – Driving on a suspended license is another common traffic misdemeanor in Virginia. This occurs when someone drives with a revoked or suspended license after a previous offense. If convicted, offenders can face a fine of up to $2,500 and a possible jail sentence of up to 12 months.
  • Failure to yield – Under Virginia Code §46.2-863, failure to yield is a form of reckless driving that occurs when someone does not allow another vehicle or pedestrian the right-of-way while they are driving. This is a Class 1 misdemeanor offense in Virginia punishable by up to 12 months in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.

Felony Traffic Offenses

Felony traffic offenses are serious violations of traffic laws that can result in severe penalties, including imprisonment, fines, and suspension or revocation of your driver's license. Common felony traffic violations in Virginia include:

  • Evading police
  • Hit-and-run accidents
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Aggravated malicious wounding
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

How We Can Help

It's important to understand the specific traffic laws in Virginia in order to navigate any traffic offense cases effectively. Our team of experienced Virginia Beach traffic violation attorneys at JRLaw PLC can provide you with the knowledge and guidance you need to understand the legal implications of traffic violations in Virginia Beach and the surrounding areas.

Some key points to consider regarding Virginia traffic laws include:

  • Specific traffic violations and their corresponding penalties
  • Points system for driver's license demerits
  • Options for challenging traffic offense citations
  • Potential impact on insurance rates and driving record

By having a clear understanding of Virginia traffic laws, you can make informed decisions and take appropriate actions to protect your driving privileges and legal rights. Contact our Virginia Beach traffic violation attorney today for personalized legal assistance tailored to your specific situation.

Contact Our Traffic Violation Attorney Today

As a former police officer for over 15 years with more than a decade experience, Jerrell R. Johnson has an in-depth understanding of the criminal court systems and how traffic cases are handled. He can guide you through your charges, skillfully negotiate with prosecutors, and even fight for you in court. Our traffic offense attorney in Virginia Beach can also help you through DMV hearings to protect your driving privileges.

Contact JRLaw PLC, today to get started on your defense with our Virginia Beach traffic violation lawyer.

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    • Chesapeake Circuit Court: Domestic Assault & Failure To Appear
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    • Chesapeake: Evading Traffic Device