I was stopped for 80mph in a 60 zone
Violent Crime Lawyer
In some states, like Florida it is permissible if there is t be no jail time. You should consult an attorney in the county in Virginia where this occurred.
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Speeding / Traffic Ticket Lawyer
You probably do not have to appear. For more information about when you need to appear in court and when an attorney can appear for you check out this weblink:
Criminal Defense Attorney
Usually you can. However, because reckless driving is a misdemeanor, jail time and license suspension is on the table. Call a few attorneys in the jurisdiction where you were stopped and discuss the local rules/customs with them. Some judges, throughout VA, take exception to defendants not appearing for court while most will accept representation from an attorney with an authorization to have that attorney plea on your behalf.
Be sure to obtain a copy of your driving record from the state where you are licensed before discussion with a lawyer. Your driving record will be a good indicator of whether you will need to come back.
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