Norfolk Speeding Ticket Lawyer

Some speeding tickets can be mere inconveniences. However, there are other types of speeding offenses that can have extensive long-term consequences if you don’t take action. Call a Norfolk speeding ticket lawyer to learn more about your options for fighting your speeding ticket or other traffic charges.

If you’ve received a speeding ticket in Norfolk, Virginia, you do not have to show up to court but you are allowed to show up to court if you would like to. Most people prepay speeding tickets in advance, but it’s advisable for you to actually go to court and address the issue because then you have a possibility of having it dismissed or reduced.

If you pay a speeding ticket in advance, then you are admitting guilt to the charge without giving yourself the opportunity to obtain a better outcome. By working with a traffic attorney in Norfolk, you can work to avoid some of the harmful long-term consequences of admitting guilt and potentially reap the benefits of contesting your charges.

Why Work with a Norfolk Speeding Ticket Attorney?

The advantages of having an experienced Norfolk speeding ticket lawyer are that you’ll have somebody on your side who has navigated the confusing court system many, many more times than you hopefully ever have to. This gives them a leg up on you, who hopefully doesn’t have as much experience at all in the court system.

Your Norfolk speeding ticket attorney can help you understand what to expect and what’s the best thing for you to be doing in the meantime before your hearing date in order to get you the best results possible on the day-of.

Speeding Charges

There are few ways that you can be charged with speeding in Norfolk, VA. The most common is just driving any speed over the speed limit up to 20 miles/hour over the speed limit. Once you start going 20 miles/hour over the speed limit, it’s considered reckless driving which is still a type of speeding but it’s also a criminal charge. Reckless driving is a class one misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 12 months in jail, a fine of up to $2500 and a 6 month license suspension.

Technically in Virginia, any amount over the speed limit is considered speeding. Whether an officer will bother to pull someone over who’s going only 5 miles per hour is up to their discretion. Usually in court, someone going only 5 miles per hour too fast has a pretty strong case as to why they shouldn’t get the ticket, since it’s so close to the posted speed limit.

Police officers often use RADAR and LIDAR devices to help them determine a person’s speed. Sometimes, people try to evade these devices by using RADAR detectors and/or jammers to prevent police from accurately using their devices. These devices can lead to additional fines being levied against a person because it is not legal to have them within reach while operating a vehicle.

Speeding vs. Reckless Driving

In Norfolk, you should expect that a speeding ticket conviction will result on points on your driving record which can also cause an increase in your insurance rate. You should look for specifically what your ticket says to make sure that it is only a traffic violation and not a criminal charge such as reckless driving.

The documents look very similar and in fact sometimes they’re almost identical with the only difference being that there’s a little “RD” written next to speeding, meaning that it is charged as reckless driving. If this is the case, then you should seek out a Norfolk speeding ticket lawyer who also has experience handling reckless driving charges.

Contact a Norfolk Speeding Ticket Lawyer

A Norfolk speeding ticket attorney at our firm can help you build a defense have the charges against you either reduced or dismissed so that you will have less points on your driving record. Not only will this help you to avoid paying more on insurance premiums in the future, but it can also help clear your name. Call today to get started by conducting your free initial consultation.