Driving is a privilege, not a right. Motorists who are accused of disregarding Virginia traffic laws could risk losing their license along with other penalties including fines, higher insurance costs and possibly even jail time. As a result, it is wise to contact a reputable defense lawyer after receiving a traffic citation to learn if you have any chance to defeat the case against you or lower the punishment. Hunter Law Firm has substantial experience representing Virginia clients accused of a variety of traffic offenses, including speeding and reckless driving. Since 1986, we have served local residents, as well as visitors to this area, and can assist you from offices in Hampton, Newport News, Chesapeake and Gloucester.
When you’re stopped by a police officer, there are many potential negative consequences, such as:
Reckless driving, speeding in excess of 80 mph and driving while intoxicated are among the most serious traffic-related offenses. They are punishable by six demerit points and can remain on your driving record for 11 years.
Our firm is experienced in the defense of clients accused of all types of motor vehicle infractions, including:
Since the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles records every accident or moving violation a driver has, demerit points can really add up and spell trouble over time. Violations are assigned between three and six demerit points, so even with two offenses, you could find your license suspended.
Virginia laws are tough on drunk or drugged drivers. Evidence of impaired driving or a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least .08 percent or higher can lead to a fine and license suspension for a first-time offender. If you have been convicted previously of DUI, you could lose your driving privileges for up to three years, and possibly face jail time. Penalties are tougher if your BAC reading is .15 percent or higher. First-time offenders in these aggravated DUI cases are subject to a minimum five-day jail term.
At Hunter Law Firm, our traffic lawyers present a vigorous defense to increase the likelihood that charges will be reduced or dismissed. Our goal is to help clients avoid unjust penalties and retain their ability to drive legally. If you or someone you know is charged with a DUI offense, contact a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer at our firm as soon as possible.
Using a handheld device or texting behind the wheel is against Virginia law. However, tinted windows, fast-moving vehicles and other factors might lead police to make mistakes about whether a driver is actually using a device. This can lead law enforcement to false assumptions. If you’ve been ticketed unfairly because a police officer thought you weren’t paying attention to the road, we can help. Fines for distracted driving start at $125 and increase with subsequent offenses, so it is worthwhile to fight back against a meritless citation.
Whether in the area for a beach vacation, a college trip or military service, millions of out-of-state drivers pass through this area every year. Lack of familiarity with the roads and other factors might increase the incidence of traffic stops involving cars driven by non-Virginia residents. Our law firm has four locations throughout the Hampton Roads area and serves clients from all over who seek to contest traffic charges brought against them. We will fill you in on the pertinent law and local courts so you can mount a strong defense even if you’re not from the area.
If you need to speak to an attorney regarding any traffic offense citation, Hunter Law Firm offers professional, economical, and efficient legal representation. Do not plead guilty without contacting a lawyer. Please reach out to us online or call one of our four convenient offices.