I have a Virginia Driver's license. This is my first speeding ticket, how soon can I get a lawyer to help me with this matter or do I have to wait till 03/27/2019 for go to court?; I'm really worried because the points will affect my job status, is there any way the judge can dismiss the points on my driver's license, Thank you so much for you answers.
Any speed 20 miles over the speed limit can be reckless a criminal class 1 misdemeanor. Looks like the officer gave you a break by only charging as speeding. It is possible but not likely to amend the charge to reckless and you are entitled to a continuance. Talk to a local traffic attorney before court to weigh your options. A dmv approved driver improvement school is often helpful.
If you were only charged with the infraction of speeding, as opposed to reckless driving, this does not carry the potential for a jail sentence, so the court would not even consider appointing counsel. The only way for an attorney to be involved would be for you to retain counsel. Whether the charge can be reduced/amended or anything can be done about the points will depend on a host of factors to include your prior DMV record, interaction with the officer, completion of tasks prior to court, and attorney's conversation with the assigned prosecutor in court that day. If you do not retain counsel, there will be no way to speak with the prosecutor ahead of appearing before the judge because they are only involved in infractions where counsel was retained. I would recommend speaking with counsel to be able to assess your options. Many of us offer free initial consultations.
Note that DMV will assign 6 points if you are convicted of any speed over 20 mph above the limit!!! They will stay on your record 10 years. Good luck!
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