Traffic Ticket Virginia Speeding Richmond Lawyer Sustained Injuries
Commonwealth v. White
Appellant injured party sought review of a decision from the Circuit Court of Richmond (Virginia), which refused to admit certain evidence regarding appellee car driver. The injured party had filed a tort action against the car driver seeking to recover damages for personal injuries he sustained in an automobile accident due to high speed. The car driver was arrested and charged with speeding, and issued traffic ticket for his reckless act.
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The Virginia Court made the following holding:
- Whenever, in any civil action, it is contended that any party thereto pled guilty or nolo contendere or suffered a forfeiture in a prosecution for a criminal offense or traffic infraction which arose out of the same occurrence upon which the civil action is based, evidence of said plea or forfeiture as shown by the records of the criminal court shall be admissible.
- Where the records of the court in which such prosecution was had are silent or ambiguous as to whether or not such plea was made or forfeiture occurred the court hearing the civil case shall admit such evidence on the question of such plea or forfeiture as may be relevant, and the question of whether such plea was made or forfeiture suffered shall be a question for the court to determine.
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