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Old 01-08-2019, 04:02 PM
 
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Hi I got a Reckless driving ticket in PWC in I-95 south. Speed is 86/60 detected by LIDAR.

It was a state trooper. It was 1am at night and I was going back to Richmond with my family after a Thanksgiving dinner party. I was polite to the officer.

Have not had a ticket in the past, except for an expired inspection. I have been driving in VA for 3 years. My points on DMV shows +1.

I am an Assistant Professor of Surgery in VCU since 2015, and waiting to receive my green card. I do not want to have a criminal case on my record.

Do I need to Hire an attorney? what are your suggestions. Please Help, any advise will be appreciated. I also do not want spend too much on attorney fees.
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Old 01-08-2019, 04:47 PM
 
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Yes, you need to hire an attorney. My son had a reckless (but not in PWC) and the attorney worked very hard to get this reduced. You can probably plan on spending around $1500 but it will be worth it. This is one charge you should not navigate on your own.
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Old 01-08-2019, 05:20 PM
 
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Agree. Everything must be done very carefully. It's not a matter of getting around the law but, rather, respecting that is it a very powerful thing. And there are ways to be respectful and show your remorse which your attorney will help you with.

There is an old expression: Better safe than sorry.
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:40 AM
 
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Hi I got a Reckless driving ticket in PWC in I-95 south. Speed is 86/60 detected by LIDAR.

It was a state trooper. It was 1am at night and I was going back to Richmond with my family after a Thanksgiving dinner party. I was polite to the officer.

Have not had a ticket in the past, except for an expired inspection. I have been driving in VA for 3 years. My points on DMV shows +1.

I am an Assistant Professor of Surgery in VCU since 2015, and waiting to receive my green card. I do not want to have a criminal case on my record.

Do I need to Hire an attorney? what are your suggestions. Please Help, any advise will be appreciated. I also do not want spend too much on attorney fees.
I don’t know how an attorney can help since you already got the ticket and your speed was objectively recorded (almost 30 over the speed limit). There is objective evidence and you already got the ticket, so there is no way an attorney would be able to absolve that. They may be able to lesser the points, but it seems an attorney could be a waste of money?

The bad part about you being an assistant professor is that the ticket will eventually show up online when your name is googled. Happened to my friend in VA. A couple of months after her speeding ticket, it now appears online when you google her name.

*In reading others comments, I would suggest an attorney. Seems like it is worth it in this case. I haven’t had that situation before, so was unsure. Ignore my advice and follow theirs!
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:02 PM
 
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I donít know how an attorney can help since you already got the ticket and your speed was objectively recorded (almost 30 over the speed limit). There is objective evidence and you already got the ticket, so there is no way an attorney would be able to absolve that. They may be able to lesser the points, but it seems an attorney could be a waste of money?

The bad part about you being an assistant professor is that the ticket will eventually show up online when your name is googled. Happened to my friend in VA. A couple of months after her speeding ticket, it now appears online when you google her name.

*In reading others comments, I would suggest an attorney. Seems like it is worth it in this case. I havenít had that situation before, so was unsure. Ignore my advice and follow theirs!
Attorneys who work in this area often know what the driver can do to, at a minimum, get the reckless charge dropped. They are not a guarantee, but if the driver has an otherwise cleanish driving record, the attorneys seem to be able to negotiate some leniency and get the reckless charged dropped. It's definitely worth a shot.
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Old 01-09-2019, 04:13 PM
 
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With a clean record you have a chance to get your ticket reduced but you will need an attorney like the other
poster said above. I am speaking from experience.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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While the safest thing to do would be to hire an attorney, as long as you have a clean record you can probably take care of it on your own. On your court date, arrive early and talk the the prosecutor. They can look at your record right there in the courtroom and you can set an agreement to reduce the charge in exchange for taking a safe driving class. I've seen it done personally. I've spent some time in a courtroom for speeding offenses in my misspent youth, at one time being warned that 1 more point would have got me a suspended license). I've grown up a lot and I'm at +5 points on my record now.

I have a reckless driving charge on my record and it's really not a big deal. I still was able to get numerous gov't contracting jobs and pass background checks. The key is to always disclose it. You don't want to omit it and then get questioned on it after the fact. I've seen people lose their job for that.
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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OP. Do not listen to the one above. Get a lawyer and just listen to them. Getting it reduced is very possible and very likely. Now go hire one and stay off the forum listening to further advice.
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:44 PM
 
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Like I said, it's probably best to hire an attorney but I've personally seen defendants talk to the prosecutor and work it out ahead of time.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:35 AM
 
Location: The Commonwealth of Virginia
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OP. Do not listen to the one above. Get a lawyer and just listen to them. Getting it reduced is very possible and very likely. Now go hire one and stay off the forum listening to further advice.
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