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Old 07-08-2019, 10:42 AM
 
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Hello:
I was nailed for speeding 81 in 70 MPH zone. Going from Atlanta to DC to see monuments along with family and the cop in Pulaski county got me. I know I was doing 76 but did not argue as I know it was speed trap and I walked straight into. The ticket says "Reckless driving by speed-81/70 MPH zone" in PULASKI county. Never been ticketed and so not sure how to handle being an outsider.


Please help.
1. Should I call pay the penalty? Will this show in my driving record and insurance being out of state GA?
2. Should I hire a lawyer to deal with it? Any one has good reference and how to go about?




Please let me know.
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:28 AM
 
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hire an attorney.

Georgia and Virginia are both members of The Non-Resident Violator Compact which requires member states to suspend the driver's license of those who get traffic tickets for moving violations in other states and fail to pay them or otherwise legally take care of them. It does not apply to vehicle registration or parking citations.
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:40 AM
 
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Thank you. Any suggestions on attorney and how much approximately it would cost?
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:48 AM
 
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attorney's goal is to get it reduced to a speeding ticket. The maximum fine for a regular Virginia speeding ticket is $250 -- plus court costs. Can't help with a recommendation, others may.
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Old 07-08-2019, 01:00 PM
 
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Thanks.

- I just checked my GA MVR ( Motor Vehicle Report) and it was clean. paid $8 to watch.
- This is what happened. My son after having late lunch, removed his seat belt to relax a bit in the car. I tried to persuade him to put the seat belt on and did not notice my speed. I tried to explain to the cop and he issued two tickets one for RD and another for not putting seat belt on child


With the above reason and clean certificate, will I have any chance to reduce the sentence. I gather the penalty max in VA is $250, so debating which route to go.



1. Should I go in person, meet the prosecutor and judge, accept the fault and plead for dismissal if not lesser punishment .

(or)

2. Go thru lawyer


Need to drive 350 miles to attend the court I may rather than paying high attorney fee ( not sure how much hence asking).
Any ideas/suggestions?
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Thanks.

- I just checked my GA MVR ( Motor Vehicle Report) and it was clean. paid $8 to watch.
- This is what happened. My son after having late lunch, removed his seat belt to relax a bit in the car. I tried to persuade him to put the seat belt on and did not notice my speed. I tried to explain to the cop and he issued two tickets one for RD and another for not putting seat belt on child


With the above reason and clean certificate, will I have any chance to reduce the sentence. I gather the penalty max in VA is $250, so debating which route to go.



1. Should I go in person, meet the prosecutor and judge, accept the fault and plead for dismissal if not lesser punishment .

(or)

2. Go thru lawyer



Need to drive 350 miles to attend the court I may rather than paying high attorney fee ( not sure how much hence asking).
Any ideas/suggestions?

Whether you do 1 or 2 depends on how comfortable you are talking for yourself. I certainly go myself but due to my career talking in court comes easily for me. I would almost be willing to wager $10 if you go in by yourself it will be reduced to a speeding charge or improper driving. Improper is a reduced reckless driving and something an officer cannot charge so it must be done in court. If you plead guilty you will take a major hit on insurance. If not comfortable talking for yourself you'll need to go the route of an attorney. I cannot make recs for that area but I'm sure you'll be getting plenty of letters from lawyers real soon. Ask them when you talk to them if the get along well with the commonwealth attorneys. A bonus will be if they are within walking distance of the courthouse meaning they are there often. There may be no offices within walking distance but usually there are.
I would think you could find a lawyer for $500 give or take if all you need is for them to plead your case down. Pleading it away is very unlikely but they would know better.
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Old 07-08-2019, 06:54 PM
 
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Whether you do 1 or 2 depends on how comfortable you are talking for yourself. I certainly go myself but due to my career talking in court comes easily for me. I would almost be willing to wager $10 if you go in by yourself it will be reduced to a speeding charge or improper driving. Improper is a reduced reckless driving and something an officer cannot charge so it must be done in court. If you plead guilty you will take a major hit on insurance. If not comfortable talking for yourself you'll need to go the route of an attorney. I cannot make recs for that area but I'm sure you'll be getting plenty of letters from lawyers real soon. Ask them when you talk to them if the get along well with the commonwealth attorneys. A bonus will be if they are within walking distance of the courthouse meaning they are there often. There may be no offices within walking distance but usually there are.
I would think you could find a lawyer for $500 give or take if all you need is for them to plead your case down. Pleading it away is very unlikely but they would know better.
Thank you. So If I understand if I go personally I should "plead my case down" instead of "pleading guilty". Right?
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Old 07-08-2019, 07:10 PM
 
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Thank you. So If I understand if I go personally I should "plead my case down" instead of "pleading guilty". Right?
Find out of the court will even allow you to plead down first. You dont want to go down there and find out that they dont. If they do, your excuses wont pass muster there. All you have to do is talk to the prosecutor and tell him you want to plead down and pay a fine, which is all they want. More money. You wont need a lawyer for that.
If you go the lawyer route, get one that is not from the same county. I know in NJ, local lawyers just shill for the courts, and they all know each other.
Also find out if theres any points that transfer from that state to your state. If not, it might not effect your insurance.
There really isnt a reason to get a lawyer unless you think he can poke a hole in the cops story. Speed trap might have a hole in it if the lawyer is clever. But youre talking possibly at least 2 grand to go to trial. That depends on how the court procedure works. If the cop shows up on the first day, might have a chance at a quick trial.
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Old 07-08-2019, 07:20 PM
 
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Find out of the court will even allow you to plead down first. You dont want to go down there and find out that they dont. If they do, your excuses wont pass muster there. All you have to do is talk to the prosecutor and tell him you want to plead down and pay a fine, which is all they want. More money. You wont need a lawyer for that.

Thank you. So I call the number given on the citation and ask if they allow plead down. Right? I thought I would have to be there physically present to speak to the prosecutor.
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:03 PM
 
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Thank you. So I call the number given on the citation and ask if they allow plead down. Right? I thought I would have to be there physically present to speak to the prosecutor.
Usually you do. Youre only calling them to see if they allow that in court. You might be able to find out from them how they work there, but usually municipal employees arent that helpful...pretty surly usually.
I highly doubt you can do any pleading remotely, or by mail, but you can ask.
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