Traffic tickets can result in license suspension, high fines and even jail sentences. At Spigle, Massey & Clay, P.L.C, we have experienced lawyers who can protect your rights and defend you in court.
Reckless Driving Tickets
A speeding ticket in our area, depending on how many miles per hour over the speed limit, can result in reckless driving charges. While other factors can also determine reckless driving, speeding is the most common reason authorities bring reckless driving charges under the following statute:
46.2-862. A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth (i) at a speed of twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit or (ii) in excess of eighty miles per hour regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit.
According to the Virginia demerit point system, violations classified as reckless driving incur six demerit points. Other charges such as speeding 10-19 mph over the speed limit incur four demerit points. The lowest level moving violations, such as speeding 1-9 mph over the speed limit or improper driving, result in three demerit points.
Penalties for reckless driving may include up to:
- 12 months in jail
- Fine up to $2,500
- Six months license suspension
- Vehicle impound
*Most Judges in our area will impose jail time on speeds of over 90 mph.
In addition to the above, a reckless driving conviction can cause the loss of jobs requiring a CDL or good driving record, loss of a security clearance, and disqualification from jobs involving law enforcement or public agencies, and also drastically affects your insurance rates.
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Tickets
Driving Under the Influence offenses are extremely case-specific. The outcomes of DUI cases will vary based upon the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), interaction with the officer, severity of the driving and prior offenses.
At a minimum the following punishments are required if convicted:
· DUI 1st Offense
- $250 fine
- 5 days in jail is mandatory with a BAC between .15-.20 OR 10 days in jail with a BAC greater than .20
- One year restricted license
- Ignition Interlock mandatory with BAC over .15 (six consecutive months with no violations required)
· DUI 2nd Offense within five years
- $500 fine
- 20 days in jail (additional mandatory 10 days with a BAC between .15-.20 and an additional 20 days for a BAC over .20)
- Ignition Interlock for no less than six months (six consecutive months with no violations required)
There are many factors that impact DUI cases, some of which require jail sentences or other additional punishments.
Get legal help for a Roanoke or Botetourt area traffic ticket
Many people make the mistake of not taking a traffic ticket seriously. However, under certain circumstances, traffic tickets and in particular a Roanoke, Salem, or Botetourt speeding ticket can result in misdemeanor charges – and possibly felony charges if an accident causes serious injury or death.
In all traffic cases, a consult with one of our lawyers is necessary to advise on whether or not a reasonable defense exists in your case or to inform you of the most likely consequences of a conviction.
Contact us about traffic tickets in Roanoke and Botetourt
Call Spigle, Massey & Clay, P.L.C. at 1- 866-844-6377 or contact us online.