Have you ever been pulled over for speeding? What about reckless or even impaired driving? Traffic violations are taken seriously in the state of Virginia and can have significant consequences. Don’t lose your license because you have too many traffic violations on your record.
When pulled over and ticketed for failing to obey traffic laws, you may feel there is nothing you can do to fight the citation. You probably think you should just pay the fine and move on with your life. Sometimes, it may be worth taking that approach, but other times, it isn’t. It may be possible to fight certain moving violations.
The ability to keep one’s Virginia driver’s license is determined by a demerit system. For every traffic violation, demerit points are added to your record. When you acquire 18 to 24 points in the course of one to two years, your license will be suspended. You cannot get it back until you attend a driver training course and pay the assigned fines, among other things.
Here’s the rub: not all traffic stops are completely above board. Some Virginia residents may be able to successfully prove that their rights were violated in some way or that there was a lack of probable cause or an equipment malfunction contributed to their receiving citations. If you question the validity of a traffic violation, legal counsel may be able to help you fight for its removal from your record or take steps to minimize the offense and its consequences. To learn more about how an experienced criminal defense attorney can assist you in fighting traffic violations, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.