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Mark Randolph Matney

Newport News Speeding / Traffic Ticket Lawyer.

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  1. Could I be convicted of a first offense DUI?

    Answered 25 days ago.

    1. Carleton Penn III
    2. Timothy Kevin Wilson
    3. Taejin Christina Pendleton
    4. Matthew Oberlin Williams
    5. Mark Randolph Matney
    6. ···
    8 lawyer answers

    I agree with Carleton Penn that there are many issues in your fact situation that an experienced DUI defense attorney may be able to help you exploit. For example, if the mobile home park is considered private property, then you may be able to avoid the results of any BAC test that may have been conducted. Additionally, there may be a challenge to the reasonableness of the police officer's initial contact with you. Did the police observe you or was there an anonymous tip? There are certain...

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  2. I got my third violation on my interlock device and would like to know what usually happens and should I have a lawyer present?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Faraji Allen Rosenthall
    2. Andrew Dennis Meyer
    3. Mark Randolph Matney
    4. Mark Steven Paullin
    5. Jonathan L Katz
    5 lawyer answers

    Upon receiving a third violation with the ignition interlock device, your ASAP case manager will usually return you to court for an ASAP show cause hearing. In Newport News the judge will review the ASAP violation report and an ASAP representative will not always participate in the hearing. You will be able to explain the circumstances of the violations and present evidence of the ASAP requirements that you have complied with. Judges in Newport News will generally revoke the suspended jail...

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  3. What could my punishment be

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Brenton Daniel Vincenzes
    2. Mark Randolph Matney
    3. William Jackson Hancock
    4. Rixon Charles Rafter III
    5. Derek Anthony Patrin
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    In the Hampton Roads area the sentence for a violation of 18.2-272, driving after suspension due to DUI, is frequently 60 days of jail. With good time credit, that would be 30 days to serve. However, there are other factors that can influence this result, such as having completed ASAP, having a valid license by the time of court, etc. You should contact a lawyer who works in the local court who can advise you on the local practice and the best way to present your defense.

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  4. Does Washington DMV honor license suspension from Virginia?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Mark Randolph Matney
    2. James Donald Garrett
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with attorney James Garrett that you must disclose the Virginia suspension if your new state requests whether you have ever been suspended. For reckless driving, your license should not be suspended for more than six months. Therefore, if you will not be moving for a few months it may be best to wait until the Virginia suspension has expired and pay the Virginia reinstatement fee before you apply for the Washington license.

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  5. Do i need an attorney?

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Carleton Penn III
    2. Mark Randolph Matney
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    4. Jonathan D. Esten
    5. Mark Steven Paullin
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    8 lawyer answers

    I agree with the other lawyers who have recommended that you hire a lawyer to help you. A local lawyer who focuses on traffic defense will be best suited to helping you achieve the best possible result. Sometimes the best result that can be achieved is avoiding a worse outcome. Your lawyer should instruct you regarding what will be most impressive to the local judges. Examples of court preparation activities that will be considered include a driver improvement course, volunteer work, and a...

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  6. Charged with RD when I fell asleep driving, hit a car, and injured a person in the car. I have a lawyer. What should I expect?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Brandon Hilmar Reid
    2. Jonathan D. Esten
    3. Mark Randolph Matney
    4. Jonathan L Katz
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with the previous responses that your lawyer is the best person to answer your question. He or she will be familiar with the judge for your court and should be able to help you present the best possible defense. I will note that in any reckless driving case the judge has the option of amending the charge to improper driving, which is a traffic infraction and not a misdemeanor. Help your lawyer to help you by following any recommendations regarding completion of a driver improvement...

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  7. Should I plead guilty or try to get reduced?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Mark Steven Paullin
    2. Mark Randolph Matney
    3. Patrick L. Bales
    4. Standish Alexander
    5. Richard Davis Mattox III
    5 lawyer answers

    You should definitely fight this charge. If you have been charged with Reckless Driving by Speed, then a conviction would be a criminal misdemeanor that would remain permanently on your criminal record and eleven years on a Virginia driving transcript. This would also be 6 demerit points with DMV and serious with your insurer. If you were charged with Speeding instead of reckless driving, then you do not have to worry about the misdemeanor. However, Virginia DMV will still assign 6 demerit...

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  8. What is my best defense to have a reckless driving charge reduced in Virginia?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. James Donald Garrett
    2. Mark Randolph Matney
    3. Michael R Crosner
    3 lawyer answers

    To defend against the reckless driving charge, you should present your good Pennsylvania driving transcript and make it clear to the judge that there were no problems with your driving other than the speed itself. You should also consider having the speedometer calibrated for the vehicle you were driving. Although you can present the case yourself, you may find that it is more efficient to hire a local lawyer to appear on your behalf so that you do not have to return to Virginia for the case....

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  9. I got my restricted license and interlock late due to not having a car. It was a first offense DUI .08

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Mark Randolph Matney
    2. Samantha Lauren Van Scoik
    3. Mark Steven Paullin
    4. Timothy Kevin Wilson
    4 lawyer answers

    The Virginia Code mandates at least six months with the ignition interlock device. Unfortunately, this prevents the judge from exercising discretion in reducing the time period. Since you have not completed the ignition interlock requirement, it is unlikely that DMV will reinstate your license. DMV requires a certificate of completion from ASAP before granting reinstatement. You need to discuss the relocation with your ASAP case manager and arrange a location in your new state where you can...

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  10. How will refusal of taking the field test if I was emotional and physically in capable at the time effect my success of dismsal

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Stephen Patrick Pfeiffer
    2. Mark Randolph Matney
    3. Ethan Patrick Meaney
    3 lawyer answers

    Accident cases provide opportunities for the defense that are not available in other cases. For example, the prosecution must show that you were arrested within three hours of the accident in order to use the results of a blood or breath test. Additionally, the prosecutor must exclude the possibility that you consumed alcohol after the accident. The lack of field sobriety tests should not hurt you since it is better to have no result that a poor result and it sounds like you would have had...

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