It goes without saying that not all crimes allegedly committed in Roanoke are created equal. The penalties associated with you receiving a speeding ticket are not the as those you may have to deal with if you are accused of committing a felony offense. If you are like most, then you likely classify criminal penalties as either misdemeanors or felonies. Given that misdemeanors tend to be viewed as being less serious than felonies, you might then assume that traffic violations are misdemeanors. Yet there is actually a third category of criminal violations (one under which a majority of traffic violations fall): infractions.
Residents in Virginia facing accusations of committing a traffic violation have likely heard of the demerit system before. Robert F. Rider, PLC, is here to help you understand exactly what you're up against when looking at this system.
If you have encountered an intersection in Virginia monitors by cameras, you may well have wondered exactly how these things work and what their intended purpose is. The Virginia Department of Transportation asserts that the use of photo and video images at intersections is designed to improve safety. However, for drivers who receive tickets based on these cameras, it may well feel like just another way to issue more tickets and generate revenue.
Residents in Virginia might not always stop to think that a traffic violation could be a criminal offense but that is definitely the case in many situations. A drunk driving conviction is one example of an offense that has both administrative and criminal consequences.
Drivers in Virginia can amass points on their driving record faster than they might think. These points even for what are relatively very small violations can stay on a driver's record for quite some time. Violations involving turns are one example.
Traffic violations -- no matter what type -- are usually a mere nuisance. However, in the state of Virginia, the ripple effect of just one ticket can leave a lasting burden. Speeding tickets specifically are a point of worry for many Virginians, as the state's laws surrounding these traffic violations are some of the strictest in the country.
If you have a job that requires driving ability, you know how important it is to obey traffic laws in Virginia. Whether you drive big rigs or drive a personal vehicle for Uber, tickets and points on your license may mean much more than restricted driving privileges; they could mean the loss of your livelihood.
The default action of most in Roanoke after being pulled over is to ask the officer why (even though they may know full well what it was that they were doing that merited being stopped). As many of those that our team here at Robert F. Rider, PLC was worked with can attest to, however, there are circumstances where one might legitimately not know why he or she is being stopped. A common one is when you are driving through an area where there are no posted speed limits. How, in such a situation, can an officer justify pulling you over for speeding?
Countless Virginians continue to express opinions on the topic of radar detectors, as well as the laws that surround them. After all, Virginia is the only state in the country that prohibits the use of these devices in vehicles. Some believe the restriction on these devices leads to improved safety, while others argue that the the only purpose of this regulation is to maintain revenue through writing tickets.
Most Virginia drivers have had at least one scare with a speeding ticket; some leave unscathed, while others struggle to pay fines for months. While speeding laws in most states remain severe, some Virginia lawmakers have attempted to make some changes -- changes that could make the difference between an enjoyable drive and an unfortunate run-in with pricey speeding penalties.