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Old 11-11-2010, 08:20 PM
 
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Old 11-14-2010, 04:07 PM
 
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Default Reckless driving ticket help

I was driving my friend's car from Herndon to pick him up in Williamsburg. I had two other friends with me in the car. I got pulled over doing 85 in a 70 zone and was charged with reckless driving. I know that I am at fault here. This is my first and I plan to be only traffic ticket. I do have two prior warnings.

I am 18 and just trying to figure out how bad this is, and if there is anything I can do to make it better. After searching online, I read that I should take a driver improvement class before the trial, attempt to plea with the prosecutor to have the charge changed to improper driving, and get a lawyer to do so. Is there anything else that I can do? And if I cannot get the charge changed, does anyone have an idea what the repercussions are going to be?

Thank you all for your time.
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Do all of the above but definitely get a lawyer. Reckless is a Class One Misdemeanor in Virginia which means you can get jail time, lose your license at your tender age, see your insurance rates skyrocket even more, and have to explain things on job applications and background checks.
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Va Beach
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check out this thread...should have some answers for you
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:37 AM
 
Location: 757
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Hopefully you have some +points on your record.. Driver Improvement course won't hurt. Neither would a Criminal Defense lawyer...
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:44 PM
 
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Default Attorney costs/court fees question

Hi everyone,
First off, thanks to everyone who offered insight in my other thread. I've just got a couple of other questions. I hope I am not being redundant, but I tried to search for past threads and came up with nothing.
Can anyone give me a roundabout idea of what it costs to hire a traffic attorney in this area? I know that fees obviously vary, and my case is not one that will require much effort from the attorney. I just want a general idea of what is considered good and not-so-good to pay.
Also, in addition to hiring a lawyer, will I be charged court fees? I don't mean any potential fines that the judge may require, but court processing fees and what not.. Hope that's clear enough.
Once again, thanks in advance for any input! I appreciate it.

edit: Thanks to whoever merged them.. kinda felt like they were separate topics and thus warranted two threads.

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Old 11-25-2010, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Va. Beach
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Hi everyone,
I've just received my first reckless driving ticket, and online research has led me to this board numerous times. I was just hoping for some advice on the best (and most practical) course of action for my situation.
I was pulled over on 64 for going 82 in a 65 by a Williamsburg/James County official. My record is otherwise clean (one ticket for following too closely that was dropped). I understand that the outcome depends greatly on the individual judge on my court date. I feel confident that my speedometer is likely a bit off, and plan to get it calibrated soon. Additionally, I've been advised to take a driver improvement course voluntarily prior to my trial. I guess my question is, will it be worth it for me to get an attorney? Initially I had no plans too, but reading up on some of Virginia's newer laws has scared me some. Ideally, I'm hoping that this will not affect my auto insurance. Thanks in advance for any insight!
1. An observation. Speed limits are really not suggestions. 55 means 55. Not 75 or more unless there's a cop around.

2. Get an attorney.

3. Get an attorney.

4. Drive the speed limit.
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Va Beach
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I would do the driver improvement class to prove to the court you are serious. As far as an attorney...State Patrol never loses in court.
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:08 PM
 
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Thanks. I've already completed my driver improvement class.. I've consulted with an attorney, and he says that given the person that I am (after asking about my academics and career), there is a "1% chance" that I will get convicted. I was just hoping to see what a reasonable price for a traffic attorney is, for comparison purposes. Thanks.
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Va Beach
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Thanks. I've already completed my driver improvement class.. I've consulted with an attorney, and he says that given the person that I am (after asking about my academics and career), there is a "1% chance" that I will get convicted. I was just hoping to see what a reasonable price for a traffic attorney is, for comparison purposes. Thanks.
Let us know how thngs go.
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