out-of-state driver's license (HI) with a clean record. plan to get a recalibration certificate. got a couple of quotes in the range of 500 for representation.
Your chances without a lawyer are not nearly as good as they are with a lawyer. Going to court alone can sometimes give people a chance at getting a reduction in the ticket (points, fine), but when you are 22 mph over the speed limit, that is much harder to accomplish. You are going to want an attorney to assist you with this case. A local attorney who practices in this jurisdiction regularly will know how to approach this with the best probability of success. Good luck.
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How many times have you represented somebody facing a class one misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of 12 months in jail, $2500 in fines, and 6 month loss of the privilege to drive?
Now, you are the person facing that charge. Do you want to go in there with somebody doing it for the first time with no knowledge of which Fairfax judge is really harsh on speeders, or do you want to hire an attorney?
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Without an attorney, you are likely to have no opportunity to negotiate with the prosecutor. Even if you go pro se with a calibration you are likely at best to do speeding 10-19 which is a 4 point offense for 5 years. And that is if everything breaks your way. (Right judge, willing to hear your argument). With an experienced attorney, you may be able to do much better.
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Since the charge is the highest level of misdemeanor - Class 1 - the odds of losing are outweighed by the chance of failure! Different judges, officers and prosecutors create exponential possibilities for you to get screwed. It is well worth the $$ to have a professional deal with your case, rather for you to attempt to learn how to lawyer at your own expense. Good luck!
I think the advice put forth by the other attorneys is sound. In Fairfax you take a real risk of conviction going I without a lawyer. Some judges may shave a few miles off if you have a good record, while others will find you guilty of the charge. In the end, most lawyers can likely help you avoid the reckless conviction.
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You want an attorney. Of all the jurisdictions I have practiced in, Fairfax is probably the hardest for a pro se litigant to navigate traffic court. The answer to your question is judge specific, but the best I would expect is that upon proof of a clean record, you might get a few miles shaved off or the same speed as general speeding and not reckless. And that's if you get a good judge. The prosecutor likely will not meet with you and a retained attorney can probably do much better for you with a clean record and a calibration. You're facing a Class 1 misdemeanor, a criminal offense, not a mere traffic ticket. $500 is a very good deal to avoid those consequences.
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