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Old 04-04-2011, 06:27 AM
 
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For anyone who can help:

I have recently gotten my second Reckless ticket of 81 in a 55. The original occured in 2003 for 89 in a 55 and I lost my license for 5 months. I am kicking myself for doing this again, but now I will hire a lawyer and go through the process again next fall. I originally did not have a lawyer. In Fairfax County, is there anyone who has had a similar situation and what was the outcome? Is it better to hire a lawyer local to the court? Also, if in hiring a lawyer and they negotiate before seeing the judge, how much will the previous records play into the proceedings?

Additional info: I know from a recent calibration of my car, it is off by 3 mph or so in either direction. My DMV points are at about -2 right now. I am contemplating doing an online course to raise my points but not sure how that looks if after receiving the ticket.

Any information would be appreciated.
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:09 PM
 
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It seems like you're on the right track by hiring a lawyer in FFX county. Definitely someone with local experience who knows the ropes and (possibly) the personalities involved. There are plenty who specialize in reckless tickets.

With a prior conviction on the record (stays on for 11 years), the increased penalties make the $$$ for a lawyer more worthwhile, imo. As far as how much weight will be placed on the prior, it will most likely depend upon the individual judge.

I would ask the lawyer about taking the defensive driving course and how it *might* affect the case outcome. However, I've heard that it generally helps.
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:27 PM
 
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The 3mph off will make zero difference. It's hard to have much sympathy for you.

Also, the 3 mph will off one way or the other, not either way. Even if it's 78 they can make the amendment to 20 over for the reckless. Best go with the lawyer.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:07 PM
 
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Is it just me or has there been a glut of threads recently asking for advice about driving too fast? There's a common theme and a really good common answer that should apply to most non-emergency situations, slow the hell down.
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:46 AM
 
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Is it just me or has there been a glut of threads recently asking for advice about driving too fast? There's a common theme and a really good common answer that should apply to most non-emergency situations, slow the hell down.
True that! However, that doesn't help with what to do after getting caught. The right answer is: "Pay the fine (you did the crime) and slow the hell down!"
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