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Old 11-04-2011, 10:33 AM
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I got a reckless driving speeding ticket in Alexandria VA today. Doing 51 in a 25mph zone....cop wrote me up and gave no slack. I am a maryland resident and I am thinking about hiring a lawyer. Do I need to? This is my second ticket in VA but the one prior was just speeding (not reckless).

I just wanted to see what everyone has experienced. I know hiring a lawyer will probably cost me about $700-$800 but it really isn't the money I am worried about. I just do not want to lose my driving priveleges in VA and/or inherit all 5 driving points. Thoughts and opinions are appreciated.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:37 AM
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I think Shamaltz-Herring is a ticket lawyer on this forum you may look him up and ask him
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:40 AM
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I'm not a lawyer or VA resident but I would say you probably don't want that charge on your drivers license or insurance. The only way I know to have those 2 things not happen is hire a good lawyer.
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That's pretty fast in a 25 MPH zone. Residential or school...one or the other?
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Originally Posted by Blythe1022 View Post
I'm not a lawyer or VA resident but I would say you probably don't want that charge on your drivers license or insurance. The only way I know to have those 2 things not happen is hire a good lawyer.
Thats what I am thinking....especially if I can get my lawyer to maybe negotiate some driver improvement class (online) to get the conviction thrown out. Also with the fact of me paying court fees and the fine.

And in all honesty, this is my first time in court and I will be nervous. Im only 23 and I do not have any criminal record and I would hate for me to have to plead my case and i end up saying the wrong stuff because I have never been in this situation before.

Im going to wear a full suit if that helps....hopefully a little haha
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
That's pretty fast in a 25 MPH zone. Residential or school...one or the other?
I guess it would be classified as residential because I wasn't in a school zone.
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Thats what I am thinking....especially if I can get my lawyer to maybe negotiate some driver improvement class (online) to get the conviction thrown out. Also with the fact of me paying court fees and the fine.

And in all honesty, this is my first time in court and I will be nervous. Im only 23 and I do not have any criminal record and I would hate for me to have to plead my case and i end up saying the wrong stuff because I have never been in this situation before.

Im going to wear a full suit if that helps....hopefully a little haha
What is your case? Were you not going 51 in a 25?
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I'm in Va too.. Got a reckless ticket for smoking the tires at a light.. Reckless carries the same as a DUI just so you know.. Get a lawyer.. May be able to knock it down to an "improper driving" or "take a class" charge if so..

My lawyer was $350 all in..
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What is your case? Were you not going 51 in a 25?
Im sorry i wrote that wrong. Not plead my case but if the judge would ask me if I had anything to say about my conviction.....you know the usual, I lost track of my speed etc.....I don't want to fill the judge with all that bulls*** because I know they dont go for it. I just want him to realize that i was wrong but i am willing to do whatever it takes to get thrown out.
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I'm in Va too.. Got a reckless ticket for smoking the tires at a light.. Reckless carries the same as a DUI just so you know.. Get a lawyer.. May be able to knock it down to an "improper driving" or "take a class" charge if so..

My lawyer was $350 all in..
Yea after reading around I know that reckless in Virginia is damn near close to committing murder. I think hiring a lawyer is the best way out if i want the best chance of getting my points and/or fines reduced.
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Driving 51 in a 25 is reckless driving , why do you need a lawyer? you did it not the cop. he did his job. If you drove down my road at 51 in my 25mph road I would have chased you down and you would only wish a cop gave you a RD ticket. My kids a dog play in the front yard.
Ok now I am done being keyboard tough guy.
Why in the world are you going that fast in a residential rd? Are you saying you should get off of the charge? Take responsibility for your actions
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Take responsibility for your actions
Haven't you heard? Such a concept is passe' with most of his generation.


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I agree with id-10-t! Suck it up and take responsibility. Just because you can find a lawyer to clog up the courts time with such BS doent mean its right. What a country!
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Originally Posted by id-10-t View Post
Driving 51 in a 25 is reckless driving , why do you need a lawyer? you did it not the cop. he did his job. If you drove down my road at 51 in my 25mph road I would have chased you down and you would only wish a cop gave you a RD ticket. My kids a dog play in the front yard.
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Why in the world are you going that fast in a residential rd? Are you saying you should get off of the charge? Take responsibility for your actions
I said that i guess it would be classified as a residential road, this was not in a housing development. It was on Eisenhower Ave which is equavilent to Penn Ave in DC. No houses around just office buildings.....so I am not sure how the judge will classify that.

I admit that i was in a rush to get to work, which was right around the corner.

I am not saying that I should get off and yes i screwed up. I only have 2 tickets on record and i just made a mistake. I am not patting myself on the back but for a 23 year old I could have a lot worse on my driving record....I am a responsible adult that is very mature for my age and I will def learn my lesson. I just want the judge to know that I do not screw up like this all of the time....I am not like others who would walk away from this and luagh after getting off....even if i do get some stuff reduced I will still remind myself of the day I got caught reckless driving. I am trying to get the charges dropped for the right reasons (insurance and points).
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. I just want him to realize that i was wrong but i am willing to do whatever it takes to get thrown out.
I rest my case.

People complain about lawyers but when they need one they expect them to "do whatever it takes."

No thanks.
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I just want him to realize that i was wrong but i am willing to do whatever it takes to get thrown out.
You and the other 100 people that will pass in front of him that day.

Guilty BOY!

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Please know that anything you put on here CAN be used in court if they want..
i.e. - remove the admit part...
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Young, second offense and out of state, you don't stand much of a chance of getting this reduced.
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Please know that anything you put on here CAN be used in court if they want..
i.e. - remove the admit part...
Combing the internet for a traffic ticket? Sure....
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So you don't want points on your insurance which will cost you more money to insure yourself is what you consider the "right reasons" for fighting an accurate charge? You were doubling the speed limit! That you know of other 23 year olds who have more than "just two speeding tickets in 7 years" makes you mature for your age? Damn, I must be uber-mature then cuz I'm 36 and have just one from when I was 17. I guess the difference between you and I is, I learned my lesson, where you did not.

I say get a lawyer because that's what traffic court loves. After you get the legal fees combined with your new insurance rates, THEN maybe you'll have learned your lesson, but it's real clear right now that you haven't learned anything. In fact you're on here asking how to learn to not take full responsibility for your actions.

Your best bet would be to go in without the lawyer and admit that you screwed up. Tell the judge/magistrate that it was a mistake and it won't happen again. Ask for some leniency and propose some hours of community service instead. Show some REAL REMORSE and maybe it'll work.

Or you could lawyer up and tell the judge you screwed up and are only driven by a reduction of cost. Good luck with that one though.
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