If you have been pulled over for a speeding ticket in Virginia, you might be wondering if it is worth hiring an attorney to contest the violation. Although it is possible to simply pay a speeding ticket, there are several benefits to hiring a lawyer to fight for you.
The following are some reasons why you may need to hire a lawyer to contest your speeding ticket:
- You were cited for reckless driving – According to Virginia law, if you are caught driving 20 MPH or more over the posted speed limit, or driving over 80 mph, you could receive a reckless driving charge, which is a misdemeanor offense that is punishable by fines, jail time, and even a permanent criminal record. An attorney can help you avoid getting convicted.
- You can negotiate your punishment – After receiving a ticket, many drivers assume they will automatically receive the maximum punishment. However, a judge has the discretion to reduce a reckless driving charge to a lesser violation or even reduce the penalties you face. A lawyer can help convince the judge to reduce your ticket based on various mitigating factors, including your clean driving record or even issues with the speedometer used to measure your speed.
- Hiring a lawyer is affordable – While many traffic ticket attorneys get paid by the hour, some will often charge a flat rate if the case only requires paperwork. Rates will depend on the complexity of your case, so ask any prospective lawyers how much they will charge before hiring.
- You are from another state – If you received a traffic violation from just driving through Virginia, you don’t want to travel back in forth from your home state just to handle the legal proceedings. If you hire a local attorney, you may not have to return to Virginia and attend court hearings to contest the ticket. Instead, your lawyer can handle your case on your behalf.
At Keefer Law Firm, our Harrisonburg traffic ticket attorney has more than 30 years of experience helping clients resolve their traffic violations. We can evaluate your case, determine your available legal options, and help you obtain the most favorable results. Do not hesitate to avoid serious punishments with the help of an experienced lawyer.
For more information about our legal services, contact us and schedule a free consultation today.