We do not recommend handling these cases without an attorney because it will be much more likely to see the charges reduced or dismissed if you have an attorney.
Speedometer Accuracy Testing, In Fairfax County, VA
Speedometer Accuracy Testing:A speedometer test is an important part of any case involving speed. If the test shows the speedometer is inaccurate, that may help with the defense, and if we want to contest the case based on your speed, we should have a test showing that your speedometer is accurate. The officer will also be required to have documentation to show that his equipment is accurate. There are a few places in the area that I can suggest to get speedometer testing. You might find that a lot of shops have the equipment (a dynamometer), but that they don't offer it for this service, since it doesn't fit with their line of business. Also, some cars are very difficult to test, including certain Subaru's, BMW's, and Mercedes with all-wheel drive and/or traction control systems. Not all traction systems and "all wheel drive" systems are the same, so, inquire below.
OBTAINING VIRGINIA DRIVING RECORDS:
OBTAINING VIRGINIA DRIVING RECORDS: You can get your driving record very quickly by walking into Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong Street. Armstrong St is one block south of Judicial Drive, and City Hall is at the corner of Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) and Armstrong St. If you enter from the front of the building, the DMV agent is right there inside the front door. The Virginia DMV home page is at http://www.dmv.state.va.us/index.asp. In order to get a driving record there, you must first register and request a PIN. The PIN will be mailed out (USPS) and then you can order on-line records.You can also get a record at any DMV location, but it may take a few hours because they are notoriously busy. On-line Driving Records (available for most states):If you can't get in touch with the DMV, you can go to private web sites, such as www.dmv.org or www.drivingrecords.com.
DEFENSIVE DRIVING CLASSES:
Defensive Driving Classes:In Fairfax County, it never hurts to take a Safe Driving Class PRIOR to Court. This option may be more favorable for some clients, depending on the driving record. It generally is not an option to go to Court and try to negotiate some type of "deal" that involves going to the Class AFTER Court. The Court may appreciate the fact that a class has been already taken, but they will not usually want to re-schedule the Court date to allow a class to be taken. Safe driving classes are listed on the Virginia DMV web page, which can be searched by city/town in Virginia or by clicking on the list of on-line classes. http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/citizen/drivers/clinics.aspA good local in-person class is given by www.lasttrafficstop.com. I have heard that they do a good job of making it interesting so that you can stay awake for the 8 hours. I believe he is an ex-cop and he usually has a guest speaker. Phone: (703) 759-6786
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