If charged with reckless driving in Loudoun County you need to have an experienced attorney who defends clients regularly charged with violating Loudoun County traffic laws. Because you simply cannot afford to be convicted as the punishments are harsh.
Loudoun County traffic laws are very stringent. While some offenses are considered as a civil infraction in other states it can be a misdemeanor in the state of Virginia. In Loudoun County, traffic tickets are also taken very seriously. Once you have received a citation for a traffic ticket, you have the option of either pleading guilty or not guilty. If you plead guilty, you shall pay the fine for the ticket and may have demerit points added to your driving record. But if you choose to plead not guilty, you need to fight it out in the court and argue that the traffic ticket was cited against you without a valid reason.
If your plea is successful, you are not required to pay any fees related to the ticket. Having a Loudoun County reckless driving lawyer to defend may make a big difference in the outcome of your case. You may end up with a lesser charge or a possible dismissal. This is because the lawyer will have more experience in with dealing with the laws pertaining to the traffic ticket.
There are a number of defense strategies that a reckless driving lawyer in Loudoun County may use to try and have the charged reduced. In order to resolve a reckless driving ticket successfully, the lawyer needs to prove that you did not break any laws before being pulled over. If you do not have a lawyer to represent you, you may find it difficult to gather evidence to support your claim. A Loudoun County reckless driving lawyer will know how to gather evidence, police statements and search for witnesses supporting your claim. The lawyer may also use images of the road and the condition of the signs and other evidence that may show that the officer did not have a full visual of the alleged violation and so cannot accurately state what happened.
The reckless driving lawyer can also base their arguments on the fact that your action was a ‘Mistake of Fact’. It means you made a reasonable error and was not aware of the violation. Examples of these mistakes include:
- Failing to stop at a pedestrian sign because it was faded and therefore invisible to the driver.
- Failing to stop at a stop sign due to a broken tree branch hindering the vision.
The lawyer will need to provide proof in case of either of these examples.
Another defense strategy a reckless driving attorney in Loudoun County may use is arguing that your violation was needed to avoid an accident. The lawyer must prove that there was an emergency that caused you to violate the law.
While traffic ticket cases may seem simple, it can become complicated and difficult to deal with on your own. Therefore, hiring a Loudoun County reckless driving attorney will alleviate the struggle and increase your chances of avoiding the conviction.
Mr. Sris has defended over 1000 reckless driving cases in Virginia. He is a former prosecutor. He regularly helps clients in Loudoun County.