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Old 08-25-2014, 08:52 PM
 
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Just for future reference....if it's not an Interstate Highway....marked by the familiar red, white and blue shield, the highest speed limit you will see around here is 55 mph. Usually less.

It's usually pretty easy to tell if one is driving on an Interstate Highway or not. Traffic lights are a dead giveaway that it's NOT an Interstate.
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Chester County, PA
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Do you think a lawyer will be able to get it reduced to an improper driving or lesser infraction?
Possibly. I would at least talk with an attorney and see what they say. Ask them specifically if they have ever had successful results in Fairfax County with a similar type of speeding violation. I'm sure there are judges that, at a certain speed, won't give anyone a break, but an experienced lawyer is going to be able to give you much better advice than anyone on this forum.
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:32 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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You can go to court and plead no contest and give your explanation and hope the judge reduces it to improper driving or speeding or something less than reckless. They often do that.

Not in Fairfax Co. OP. Hire an attorney or you will have a Reckless Driving conviction on your record.
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:06 AM
 
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Explanation being what? "I'm from Texas"?? Not likely to result in a lesser fine.

Or the other explanation- "Unfamiliar road"?? Anyone with any common sense would go slower than normal on an unfamiliar road. No one should drive close to double what the speed limit is.
No, just what you said. That you have no excuse, you just didn't realize how fast you were going or what the speed limit was. That's what most people say - that they don't have any excuse, and they know they shouldn't have been speeding, but basically it was a mistake. It's an explanation - not an excuse.
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:08 AM
 
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Not in Fairfax Co. OP. Hire an attorney or you will have a Reckless Driving conviction on your record.
Yes, you can in Fairfax. Most people get an attorney, but you don't have to. We hired an attorney and sat there and watched everyone else without an attorney get their charge dropped to improper or speeding. Ours was reduced too, but the judge was more reluctant than with anyone else. I'm not convinced the attorney helped much.
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:20 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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If it's any consolation (not that I'm saying it's acceptable) I see people flying by on that stretch of road all the time. I think the person above me is correct; it's elevated so it feels like a freeway. There are speed limit signs there but they could be a little more prominent given the number of highways around that area.
I can kind of understand where you're coming from.

I guarantee you that this stretch of road in California would be at least 50 speed limit and I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same in Texas. Western states definitely have much higher speed limits than the East Coast, even in residential areas with schools around.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:21 AM
 
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Yes, you can in Fairfax. Most people get an attorney, but you don't have to. We hired an attorney and sat there and watched everyone else without an attorney get their charge dropped to improper or speeding. Ours was reduced too, but the judge was more reluctant than with anyone else. I'm not convinced the attorney helped much.
Do you think the chances are likely that I will be able to get my charges dropped to improper driving or speeding, seeing as I was told I was traveling 69 in a 40 mph zone? What were your charges? (If you don't mind me asking) Just want to get an idea as to what I'm up against...
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:32 AM
 
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Get an attorney. FFX County has you over a barrel.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Yes, you can in Fairfax. Most people get an attorney, but you don't have to. We hired an attorney and sat there and watched everyone else without an attorney get their charge dropped to improper or speeding. Ours was reduced too, but the judge was more reluctant than with anyone else. I'm not convinced the attorney helped much.
You attended court one day and draw this conclusion? Understand why but you saw one judge. Was it a substitute judge or one of the many regulars they have assigned to hear traffic? I am very familiar with FX Co courts and this is not the norm. I would feel comfortable going in and trying without an attorney with my background but the vast majority of people do not handle this part well.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Chester County, PA
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I can kind of understand where you're coming from.

I guarantee you that this stretch of road in California would be at least 50 speed limit and I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same in Texas. Western states definitely have much higher speed limits than the East Coast, even in residential areas with schools around.
I agree, and the biggest difference is that in California (and I presume Texas), you would just get a typical speeding ticket that wouldn't result in a class 1 misdemeanor reckless driving conviction. In fact, when I lived in California, once every 18 months, if you attended driving school in connection with any moving violation, you would avoid any points being out on your license - just the fine. I actually think that was a little too lenient - almost the equivalent of giving people a speeding pass as long as they only get caught once every 18 months.

I think OP should have received a ticket for his speed, and I think the fine should be hefty. But, I do think Virginia's imposition of a reckless driving conviction on top of it is overkill. Of course, that's not where things stand in Virginia, and there's little point wishing it were different.
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