The police said I was doing 102 in a 70 mph zone.
Yes, you will have to appear in court. Please be advised that there are severe criminal penalties possible for exceeding 100mph on roads in Virginia, including the potential for over a month of jail time. You need a lawyer who practices in Hanover County, and you need one now. Use the Avvo search tool to see if there's a practitioner in your area.
I do not know how this particular case will turn out, but I can guarantee you that continuing to drive triple-digits speeds in the Commonwealth will land you in jail sooner rather than later.
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I would suspect the answer to that question is an emphatic yes. An attorney can assist you with mitigating the punishment but in every court I practice in the defendant has to appear if they are clocked at a speed in excess of 100 mph - hire a local attorney who can advise you further. I wish you the best.
The law requires you to appear unless the requirement to appear is waived. It is unlikely that the requirement to appear would be waived at that speed.
However, that may not be the end of the analysis. You should be represented by an experienced, respected and successful Virginia criminal defense attorney and you should discuss all of your options.
The question you should be asking is not "do I have to appear" but "can I stay out of jail". To effectively defend you case or if convicted mitigate the punishment (stay out of jail) you are going to need a local attorney to represent you. Most judges I know impose at least some jail time at those speeds. Also, reckless driving is a class one misdemeanor and a conviction can be punished by up to a year in jail and $2500 fine, as well as resulting as a criminal conviction on your record.
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