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Virginia Traffic Violation Attorneys Represent Accused Motorists

Hampton Roads firm helps drivers fighting tickets and criminal charges

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.

Penalties for Virginia traffic offenses

When you’re stopped by a police officer, there are many potential negative consequences, such as:

  • A ticket for speeding, reckless driving or another other moving violation
  • Demerit points that remain on your driving record for up to 11 years
  • An increase in auto insurance premium rates
  • Suspension or revocation of driving privileges

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.

The various types of traffic citations

Our firm is experienced in the defense of clients accused of all types of motor vehicle infractions, including:

  • Moving and non-moving violations
  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • DUI (driving under the influence)
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

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.

Fighting drunk driving charges

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.

Penalties for distracted driving

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.

Assisting out-of-state motorists who receive tickets

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.

Contact skillful Virginia attorney if you have been accused of a traffic offense

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.

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Newport News
12610 Patrick Henry Drive
Suite B
Newport News, VA 23602
Phone: 757-LAW-FIRM
Fax: 757-825-9389

910 West Mercury Boulevard,
Suite 2A
Hampton, Virginia 23666
Phone: 757-825-0400
Fax: 757-825-9389

6834 Coleman’s Crossing Avenue
Suite C
Hayes, Virginia 23072
Phone: 804-694-0560
Fax: 804-693-3343

3800 Poplar Hill Road,
Suite G
Chesapeake, Virginia 23321
Phone: 757-393-1110
Fax: 757-393-7764

Office Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am-3:00pm