i live in CA, can't afford to fly back to virginia and can't find information on how much I would have to pay.
Dear Hampton - Generally, if you retain a lawyer, judges understand that you will not appear in person. You can use AVVO's find a lawyer feature to locate an attorney. Note that the outcome will depend a great deal on how you acted with the officer and your driving record. Good luck!
That is because it is a misdemeanor crime punishable by jail time, so you have to appear in court. You cannot just pay the fine like a speeding ticket. If you do not come to court a warrant for you arrest will issue and you may be arrested on that in any state.
Contact attorneys in the area you got the ticket, some judges will allow the attorney to appear without the client on cases where the prosecutor agreed not to ask for jail time.
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Retain a traffic ticket attorney in VA. You can search here on AVVO for such animal. Rates are usually very reasonable as traffic court is a high volume practice. Best wishes.
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Reckless driving is a crime in Virginia that carries jail time. Find a traffic lawyer in the county where you got the ticket and call them pronto.
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Reckless driving in Virginia is a Class 1 Misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine up to $2,500. Your particular outcome will depend on various things. The most important being, what is your current driving record? Where you driving a rental car or your personal vehicle? While some Judges will allow an attorney to appear in lieu of the defendant, others will not. 30 mph over the speed limit is quite high and may result in you having to appear. Prices vary with lawyers and please keep in mind that this is not "just" a speeding ticket but a criminal offense that if convicted will remain on your criminal record. Be sure to hire an EXPERIENCED criminal defense attorney.
As others have already stated, this is a serious offense. Failure to appear or have counsel present could result in a substantial fine and suspension of your driving privileges, which would also be effective in California.
My office is in Hampton.
If the charge is here, I can assist.
If it is elsewhere in VA, I can provide you with a referral.
You should obtain a copy of your driving record, since we need that information prior to the court date. Once you have retained counsel, the date may be continued, if necessary.
This advice is for general guidance only and applies to Virginia. The applicable laws may differ in other states.
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