A traffic related offense in Virginia can range from simple infractions like Speeding to serious crimes like DUI or Reckless Driving. Virginia laws are tough and can have severe penalties including jail, even for 1st time offenders.
Traffic offenses that rise to the level of misdemeanor crimes in Virginia carry penalties of up to one year in jail and fines up to $2,500. They can also result in license suspension and probation, not to mention consequences like a criminal record, increased insurance premiums, and demerit points on your driving record.
Some examples of criminal traffic offenses in Virginia:
- DUI or DWI
- Reckless Driving
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Hit & Run)
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Driving Without a License
- Aggressive Driving
Even simple traffic infractions can have real consequences. Typically, one can pay a fine before the court date to resolve the case – often without realizing that this amounts to an admission of guilt and will result in a conviction. On moving violations, this means demerit points on your driving record. Demerit point accumulation can result in license suspension and higher insurance costs.
If you have been charged with a traffic related misdemeanor like DUI or Reckless Driving, or have been charged in an accident, or have been cited for any type of traffic violation, you should consider a trial attorney who specializes on these types of matters. Erik Jurgensen of The Law Offices of David L. Marks offers the perspective and expertise of a former state prosecutor with decades of experience.
A criminal traffic charge not only places you in financial jeopardy but can impact your driver’s license and in some cases your liberty itself. These cases involve specific issues that should not be left to anyone other than an experienced traffic attorney. We will fight to safeguard your rights, analyze the evidence of your case, build a trial strategy, and represent you with the state prosecutor and the court.
Contact Erik Jurgensen here at the Law Offices of David L. Marks for a consultation today.