I wasn't really meant to do that but in a hurry i wasn't checking the speedo meter. i came to know that this case comes under criminal case and sentence for 3 months of jail. i believe that my life is totally ruined. can any one help me to get out of the criminal case ?
Hire a criminal defense lawyer right away. Discuss this case only with him or her and no one else. Your lawyer can try to find a defense to the charge and can negotiate with the Commonwealth's Attorney on your behalf.
The situation may look bleak now, but this situation will work out. Go get yourself a good lawyer.
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There are a number of things you can do before going to court that could help your case. Also, knowing which jurisdiction you are in makes a difference as to the likely sentencing. Reckless driving by speed is a Class 1 misdemeanor and can carry a jail sentence for up to 12 months, however none of that time is mandatory so you will not necessarily be given a 3 month sentence. You should speak with a local attorney to consult on your case and discuss your options.
Reckless driving at that speed is a very serious charge but there is a lot that can be done to protect you. I have dealt with hundreds of reckless driving by speed cases and when clients get legal counsel early and actively work with their attorney there is a lot that can be done to avoid some of the very serious consequences.
Here are some things you should do:
1) Get a copy of your DMV record from every state you've had a license from. Do NOT get a certified or notarized copy of the record, just get a plain old copy from the DMV.
2) Get your car's speedometer calibrated. Many cars speedometers are off and this can be used as mitigating evidence. If you speedometer is accurate, it can be used to support your testimony if you take the stand a tell a judge that you do not believe you were going that fast. Contact our office and we can email you a list of places that do speedometer calibrations.
3) Write down a two paragraph bio about yourself and a short write up of the details of the events, particularly what questions the officer asked you and what you exact response was. Writing things down makes communicating with your attorney easier and more accurate and helps preserve your memories of the events.
4) IMMEDIATELY contact a local reckless driving attorney for a consultation. Most attorneys, including our Nichols & Green pllc, do not charge for consultations. This is a serious case, you want to make sure your attorney has as much time as possible to prepare and there may be some other things that your attorney may want you to do to prepare. If you procrastinate, you may hurt yourself.
Your attorney can discuss all the different driving improvement programs and whether taking one makes sense for your case. Your attorney my need to get police video, or do FOIA document requests. All of these things take time and if you put off hiring an attorney you may lose your opportunity to do these things.
If you would like to talk about your case, feel free to call or come in. We can answer all your questions over the phone or in person.
Luke J. Nichols
Law Firm of Nichols & Green pllc
That is a high speed but not the worst I have ever seen. Its a workable speed. There are many factors to consider - a well seasoned traffic lawyer will be able to assist. I can see you today if you have time.
Your life is not totally ruined. It is important to keep matters in perspective.
Obtain a copy of your driving record and criminal record, if applicable. Take the time to visit with lawyers and interview them. Make a decision as it is important for you to feel comfortable with the lawyer your hire.
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I would agree with the other posters here - contact a experienced traffic lawyer immediately. Your DMV driving record will determine a lot of what happends dispositionally, so you should get a copy of it asap. Your life is not ruined, but you will definitely need to take this charge seriously.
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