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The Lawyers at Matney Law PLLC defend people against driving related charges, including DUI, DWI, reckless driving, speeding, driving with a suspended license, driving without a license, running a red light or stop sign, hit-and-run accidents, and passing a stopped school bus. Our attorneys serve the Virginia Peninsula and the surrounding areas, including Newport News, Hampton, York County, Williamsburg, James City County, Gloucester, New Kent, Surry, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk.

Call Matney Law at 757-784-3507 for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation!

 

A Coach and an Advocate

To defend you traffic violation case, I will act as your coach in preparation for your court date. I will advise you of the steps the local judges want to see in order to consider dismissing or amending your charge. I will also make sure you are ready for any questions that may be asked at your hearing. I will be your advocate in the court hearing. I will speak with the officer or trooper and examine records. I will also have the opportunity to cross-examine the officer or trooper and to present your side of the case. My goal is to ensure that you have the best possible result based on the circumstances of your case.

Mark Matney - DUI - Reckless Driving - Matney Law PLLC - Newport News VirginiaContact a qualified traffic violations lawyer today!

Matney Law, PLLC is experienced representing clients in Virginia traffic courts. Contact my Newport News office online or at 844-304-0169 to speak to seasoned legal counsel about your traffic ticket. I stand prepared to do all I can to minimize the negative repercussions of a traffic violation.

Handling a wide array of traffic violation cases

I regularly represent clients charged with traffic violations, including:

Reckless driving
Speeding
Expired registration
Expired license
Running a red light or stop sign
Failure to signal when changing lanes
Failure to wear a seatbelt
Driving under the influence (DUI)
Driving without a license or with a suspended license
Leaving the scene of an accident
Violating license restrictions
Hit-and-run accidents
Passing a Stopped School Bus
Failure to Yield
Unsafe Lane Change
Following too Closely
Whether you have been charged with a moving or nonmoving violation, I possess the knowledge needed to protect your best interests in traffic court.

DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer - Newport News Virginia

Matney Law Reviews

Matney Law Reviews

Matney Law Reviews… (See Google Business Page) We are pleased to share a sampling of the review that former clients have provided for Matney Law, PLLC (Learn More...)  .  The Lawyers at Matney Law defend people throughout Hampton Roads against DUI / DWI, Reckless Driving, and other traffic related violations.  For more reviews, please visit:  www.avvo.com | www.rateabiz.com

Matney Law PLLC - DUI Attorney - Newport News VA

Fantastic Job

Mr. Matney and his crew did a fantastic job handling my case. They were all very professional, communicative, and kept me in the loop each step of the way. I commend them for that. Yesterday I even received a closing packet in the mail, never have before, pretty awesome.  I hope to never need them again, but if I do, I will not hesitate to call and/or recommend his office to a friend. Thanks again!  7-6-2020

DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer - Newport News Virginia

First Time Getting a Ticket

First time getting a ticket and it was an out of state ticket in Virginia. Mr. Matney was referred to me by a friend and I reached out by email, receiving a call from him after 5 pm on a Friday asking me all my information and giving me advise even before I hired him. Once I did the communication on the process and how everything would and should work was quick and spot on. The advice given to me by Mr. Matney and his team, (Mary Alice and Claire) was a big relief and helped calm my fears never having dealt with a ticket but an out of state ticket at that. The out come of my speeding ticket was that it was reduced to defective equipment. Having given them all my information and probably more than they needed helped Mr. Matney prepare my case and I didn't even have to drive over 3+ hrs to be in court that day. Would recommend them (and have already) to anyone who receives a ticket in VA - and watch out for those rural areas where the speed changes quickly!

Avvo Client's Choice Award 2018 - Matney Law PLLC - Hampton Roads area of Virginia

Excellent Job Representing Me!

Posted 12-11-2018
Mark Matney did an excellent job representing me in a reckless driving charge. I was more than satisfied with his work. He was thoroughly professional and experienced, knew the law, and described what would happen when we appeared in court. He laid out the possible outcomes, carefully distinguishing between the most desirable outcome (charges dismissed) and what we might have to consider as an acceptable outcome (charges reduced, which was the outcome and with no demerit points). Mark is a courteous, friendly person, who listened to my story and made me feel comfortable during the entire process. I would not hesitate to use his services again or recommend him.

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So Thankful I Called Matney Law

Posted 6-25-2018
After my accident, I was extremely nervous about my court fine(s), insurance rate going up, and the mark it would leave on my driving record. I rear-ended someone in stop-and-go traffic, which caused them to rear-end the car ahead of them - nobody was hurt, and I was given a "following too closely" ticket. My best option was to hire a lawyer, but, being from out of town left me blindsided since I knew nobody in the area who could recommend the best lawyer. After investigating many law firm websites, I decided to call Matney Law, and I am SO thankful I did! Their Avvo badges on their website, the provided list of case outcomes, and the many wonderful reviews I read were what made my decision easy. I also liked that the consultation was free! I left a message, since I called after office hours, but shortly after leaving my message Mr. Matney called me back. I explained my situation to him and he made sure to ease my mind as he explained how having a lawyer through this process would work. He answered all of my questions thoroughly and made me feel very comfortable about having his firm represent me. Not once did I feel rushed or like I was just another paycheck. His assistants were both very sweet and helpful throughout the time leading up to my court date, too. Ms. Abigail Hockett represented me on the date, and I feel that she is just as wonderful as Mr. Matney! She called me about a week before the court date to go over information and she, too, put my mind at ease. She explained the possible outcomes and finalized the exchange of any additional documents I had that would help support my case (new tire receipts, etc.) On my court date, she went over what would happen in the courtroom and had given the judge documents to support my case beforehand to look over, in the hopes of the best possible outcome - dismissal of the ticket. I think we were in the courtroom for all of five minutes... after the judge called my name, he looked at my paperwork and dismissed my ticket. Thank you so much, Matney Law, for everything you have done for me! From all of the reviews I have read, it seems like this is the royal treatment that every one of your clients gets. Hopefully I will not be in the same situation again, but if I am I will absolutely hire you again without hesitation. If you are on the fence as to what law firm can help you, I urge you to call Matney Law. 10/10 experience.

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Fantastic service

5.0 stars - Posted by Michael - January 21, 2017

Received a summons for reckless driving while on travel to VA (85mph in a 60). Called Mark immediately upon arrival to my hotel. He returned my call within a very short amount of time. His price is fair, staff is exceptional, and he has a plan. He put me at ease and gave me confidence that things would be ok after preparing for the trial date. His approach is pragmatic and realistic...

Mark Randolph Matney’s response: “Rewarding result. You definitely helped us to help you by following the game plan and providing the documents that helped me present your case to the judge.”

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Impressed by Your Kindness & Consideration

5.0 stars - Posted by PKK - January 1, 2017

I wanted to take a moment to personally thank you for the professional manner in which you handled my son's summons of 'following too close' in the City of Newport News. When I contacted your office, I was immediately impressed by the kindness and consideration shown by you and Claire, your office manager, respectfully...

DUI and Reckless Driving

5.0 stars - Posted by anonymous - December 12, 2016

It was one of the hardest moments of my life. I was pulled over for going 85 in a 60 and DUI. My career was about to be over. I keep asking myself how I could have been so stupid.  I chose Mr. Matney after calling and reviewing a few Lawyers. I was facing a Reckless Driving charge and DUI. I was going to lose my license for a year, face huge fines, maybe...

Mark Randolph Matney’s response: “Thank you for your humbling review. This was a case where our pretrial preparation helped us exploit a weakness in the prosecutor's case. May you continue to see God's blessings in every area of your life.”

 

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I Got My Ticket Reduced Significantly

5.0 stars - Posted by Jim Keene - November 16, 2016

I recently was pulled over for speeding. The speed limit sign was blocked by trees. I hired Mark Matney as my attorney. He was very well prepared. I got my ticket reduced significantly and I had no points deducted from my record. I would highly recommend Mark Matney.

Wills and Trust

5.0 stars - Posted by anonymous - August 26, 2016

Mr. Matney did not advertise that he dealt with wills and trust, but he took care of doing this for us. He was very professional and met with us several times before finalizing the document. He was very assuring to us that what we wanted would be done in a timely manner and it was. Very happy that we have Mr. Matney as our lawyer.

Mark Randolph Matney’s response: “Thank you for your testimonial. I appreciated the opportunity to help. When I was with a general practice firm earlier in my career, I was trained in estate planning. I enjoy the opportunity to help people with their wills or trusts because I know that it will benefit them and their loved ones.”

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Outstanding Job!!!

5.0 stars - Posted by Tyrone - June 12, 2016

Calling Mr. Matney, was one of the best decision I ever made. His professionalism before and during my court case was top notch and ended with an excellent result!! His staff was great during this process, answering any questions or concerns promptly. I'm truly thankful for Mark and his staff. I highly recommend him for your legal needs!

 

Great Representation

5.0 stars - Posted by Paul - June 9, 2016

Mark Matney and his staff were very helpful and diligent in their representation of myself and my case. Communication was quick and concise, but easy to understand and the follow up when contacted was great. Great attorney and great office staff to deal with

Mark Randolph Matney’s response: “We appreciated the opportunity to help with this defense. This result is a good example of the importance of prior planning. In this reckless driving by speed case, we were able to avoid the misdemeanor even though the trial was held in the client's absence since he was an out of state resident.”

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Professional and Respectful Representation

5.0 stars - Posted by anonymous - May 25, 2016

Mr. Matney and staff showed a level of professionalism, sensitivity and respect that I have not experienced from any dealings with other lawyers. He kept in contact with me on a consistent basis and kept me abreast of all processes and procedures. His representation resulted in a very satisfying outcome in my case. I highly recommend this wonderful team!

Mark Randolph Matney’s response: “I especially appreciate your comment for its acknowledgement of the outstanding help I receive from my staff. We appreciated the opportunity to participate in your case and to help you resolve a difficult situation. Thank you.”

Charge Reduced

5.0 stars - Posted by Brian - March 6, 2016

I called Mr. Matneys office a couple minutes before they closed and he talked to me about my case for a little while. He was in no rush to get off the phone and answered all my questions. When I hung up I knew I had found my attorney. In court he maintained his cool and very collected composure and got my reckless reduced to improper driving. Would recommend him to anyone with a traffic/dui charge.

Mark Randolph Matney’s response: “Thank you for your input Brian. I believe that a significant part of my role as lawyer is helping people to prepare for their time in court. I want each client to know what to expect and to feel ready for any questions that are raised during the hearing.”

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One of VA's finest Attorneys!!

5.0 stars - Posted by Sheref - January 31, 2016

I am from NJ and was travelling to VA Beach Labor Day weekend. I was pulled over by a state trooper for doing 85 in a 60 and received a reckless driving ticket. The trooper explained that this was a mandatory court appearance. Upon researching the VA traffic laws, I learned if found guilty one could face jail time, a criminal record and heavy fines...

Mark Randolph Matney’s response: “Thank you for the opportunity to help you. I am very glad for your successful result! Part of my work is helping clients who are not local to understand the unique elements of the Virginia traffic laws and courts.”

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Suspended Revoked License

Driving While Suspended - Revoked License

Matney Law PLLC defends people charged with driving while suspended - revoked license.  The lawyers at Matney Law in Newport News Virginia have been very successful in the defense of people in Williamsburg, Yorktown, Norfolk, Toano, Gloucester, and Richmond Virginia.  Mark Matney has a number of defense strategies he can employ for you.

 

Driving While Suspended - Revoked License

Matney Law PLLC provides service to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia defends people who are charged with driving while suspended - revoked license.  Please contact us by phone or email to have attorney Mark Matney review your case.  Click Here to contact Attorney Mark Matney.

Free No-Obligation Consultation!

Need Help in Resolving DUI Charges or Traffic Violations call Matney Law at 757-784-3507

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Two Possible Defenses

When a client is facing a charge of driving on a suspended license, I usually focus on two possible defenses.  The first is to try to prove from the DMV transcript that the client did not have notice of the suspension of his license.  This can result in a dismissal if the client did not inform the officer that he knew that his license was suspended.  The second important defense for a suspended license charge is to help the client postpone the final court hearing until the client obtains a valid license.  This involves working with the clerk’s office to schedule the court date as far out as permitted and sometimes requires a court appearance to ask the judge for even more time.

Case Results

#I - Won the dismissal of a charge of driving with suspended license, 3rd offense, when the officer did not submit my client’s DMV transcript to the judge.  In the absence of the DMV transcript, there was no evidence that my client’s license was suspended when the police stopped her.  Therefore, the judge granted my motion to dismiss the driving with a suspended license charge.

#2 - Driving while suspended or revoked, 3rd offense (46.2-301) amended to Driving without a license in possession (46.2-104).  This week I successfully defended against a 3rd offense suspended license charge by showing that my client did not have notice that his license was suspended on the specific day that he was stopped. I accomplished this by preparing a spreadsheet that listed my client’s suspensions and explained which suspensions occurred after the traffic stop and which suspensions had been resolved prior to the traffic stop. The amendment from 3rd offense driving while suspended (46.2-301) to Driving without a license in possession (46.2-104) resulted in avoiding a class 1 misdemeanor and the 10 days mandatory jail, 90 days license suspension, and 6 demerit points associated with that charge. Instead, my client received a traffic infraction, a $10 fine, and zero demerit points.

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Speeding Ticket Defense Attorney

Mark Matney - DUI - Reckless Driving - Matney Law PLLC - Newport News VirginiaSpeeding Ticket

Do you need a speeding ticket defense attorney, then please consider Matney Law, PLLC in Newport News Virginia. (757) 784-3507 The lawyers at the Matney Law Firm handle everything from a speeding ticket to speeding while on a restricted license. Our traffic court lawyers handle cases in Hampton Roads, Williamsburg, Newport News, Yorktown, Gloucester, Surry, and Virginia Beach.

Call 757-784-3507 or EMAIL Matney Law for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation!

How much does your insurance go up for a speeding ticket?

"So, using these averages, a driver with a clean driving record is paying $1,310 a year for car insurance. One speeding ticket could remove that discount and increase your rate by 10 percent. That is a $611 increase a year, or $1,833 over three years; companies usually surcharge for three to five years."

How long does it take to get a speeding ticket off your record?

Most points (illegal turn, not making a complete stop, driving over the speed limit, etc.) and/or accidents will stay on your driver record for 39 months (3 years, 3 months). Points for more serious offenses, such as hit-and-run or a DUI, will stay on your record for 13 years.

Case Results

Today I helped a friend with a Speeding charge in Chesterfield County. When I reviewed the trooper’s calibration record for his radar equipment, I noticed that it expired four days after he stopped my friend. FOUR DAYS from an outright dismissal. Since I could not win based on an outdated radar calibration, I worked it out for the charge to be dismissed when my friend pays the court costs and submits a certificate for a driver improvement course.

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Handling a wide array of traffic violation cases

I regularly represent clients charged with traffic violations, including:

Reckless driving
Speeding
Expired registration
Expired license
Running a red light or stop sign
Failure to signal when changing lanes
Failure to wear a seatbelt
Driving under the influence (DUI)
Driving without a license or with a suspended license
Leaving the scene of an accident
Violating license restrictions
Hit-and-run accidents
Passing a Stopped School Bus
Failure to Yield
Unsafe Lane Change
Following too Closely
Whether you have been charged with a moving or nonmoving violation, I possess the knowledge needed to protect your best interests in traffic court.

Passing a Stopped School Bus - Defense Attorney - Matney Law PLLC

Passing a Stopped School Bus

Passing A Stopped School Bus

Matney Law PLLC of Newport News Virginia has put together the following information for your information.  The Virginia Code penalizes passing a stopped school bus with two separate provisions.  Code section 46.2-844, Passing Stopped School Buses, punishes the offense as a civil penalty.  However, code section 46.2-859, Passing A Stopped School Bus, criminalizes the offense as a class 1 misdemeanor under the reckless driving category.

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Need Help in Resolving DUI Charges or Traffic Violations call Matney Law at 757-784-3507

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Passing a Stopped School Bus - Defense Attorney - Matney Law PLLCThe Law

Section 46.2-844, the civil version, is considered a lesser included offense of the reckless driving code section, so the same driver cannot be convicted of both charges from the same violation.  This is significant because convictions of the two charges result in such different outcomes.  The less serious 46.2-844 provides only “a civil penalty of $250” and does not carry any DMV demerit points.  On the other hand, a conviction under the reckless driving section, 46.2-859, would result in a criminal conviction that would appear permanently on the driver’s criminal history and eleven years on the driver’s DMV transcript, while also subjecting the driver to six DMV demerit points and the possibility that a judge could impose a fine, license suspension, and/or jail.

The language of the two code sections is very similar with most of the charge descriptions being identical, as indicated by the underlined portions:

“The driver of a motor vehicle approaching from any direction a clearly marked school bus which is stopped on any highway, private road or school driveway for the purpose of taking on or discharging children, the elderly, or mentally or physically handicapped persons, who … fails to stop and remain stopped until all such persons are clear of the highway, private road or school driveway …”  46.2-844, emphasis added to identify identical language.

“A person driving a motor vehicle shall stop such vehicle when approaching, from any direction, any school bus which is stopped on any highway, private road or school driveway for the purpose of taking on or discharging children, the elderly, or mentally or physically handicapped persons, and shall remain stopped until all the persons are clear of the highway, private road or school driveway and the bus is put in motion …”  46.2-859, emphasis added to identify identical language.

The two code sections also include identical language rendering it “prima facie evidence that the vehicle is a school bus” upon “the testimony of the school bus driver, the supervisor of school buses or a law-enforcement officer that the vehicle was yellow, conspicuously marked as a school bus, and equipped with warning devices …”

In practice, the difference between the two charges is the perceived risk that the driver imposed on those who were entering or leaving the bus.  Judges consider such factors as whether anyone was actively boarding or exiting the bus and whether the driver stopped and proceeded, slowed, or did not react at all in response to the stopped school bus.

Drivers run the risk of being charged under these code sections even if they are not stopped immediately at the location of the offense.  If the police are not available or able to stop and identify the transgressing driver at the time of the violation, then a summons may still be issued.  The Virginia Code provides that if a summons is “issued within ten days of the alleged violation,” then it will be presumed that the registered owner of the vehicle was the driver when the offense occurred.  The owner is entitled to present evidence that he or she was not driving the vehicle at the time in order to rebut or contradict this presumption.

The initial determination when charged with passing a school stopped school bus is whether code section for reckless driving or section for a civil infraction applies.  If charged with a criminal misdemeanor under the reckless driving code provision, then it is vital to prepare appropriately to seek an amendment to the lesser offense.

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Find Your Courthouse

Find Your Courthouse

Matney Law, PLLC, has provided this visual guide to help you Find Your Courthouse.  The Lawyers at Matney Law PLLC in Newport News Virginia defend people against traffic violations. The Matney Law firm defends people in traffic court against reckless driving, speeding, expired registration, expired license, running a red light or stop sign, failure to wear a seat belt, DUI, DWI, driving without a license or with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, hit-and-run accidents, passing a stopped school bus. Our attorneys serve Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown, Gloucester, Surry County, Toano.

Court Locations Court Locations
Chesapeake Court HouseChesapeake Circuit and
General District Courts
307 Albemarle Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23322
New Kent County Courts:  Circuit, General District,
Juvenile & Domestic Relations
12001 Courthouse Circle
New Kent, VA 23124
North Hampton County Court HouseHampton Circuit Court
237 N. King Street
Hampton, VA 23669
Hampton General District Court
236 N. King Street
Hampton, VA 23669
Newport News Circuit Court (1-4)
and General District Courts:2500 Washington Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607Please note that Circuit Court 5
and the Juvenile & Domestic Relations
Courts are located at:2501 Huntington Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607
Newport News – United States District Court
2400 West Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607
Norfolk Court HouseNorfolk Circuit and General District Courts
150 St. Pauls Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23510
Westmoreland Court HouseNorthampton County Courts:  Circuit, General District, Juvenile & Domestic Relations
5229 The Hornes
Eastville, VA 23347
York County Court HouseYork County Courts:  Circuit, General District,
Juvenile & Domestic Relations
300 Ballard Street, Yorktown, VA 23690
Gloucester Circuit and General District Courts
7400 Justice Drive, Room 102
Gloucester, VA 23061-0873
Suffolk Circuit and General District Courts
150 North Main Street
Suffolk, VA 23434
Virginia Beach Circuit and General District Courts
2425 Nimmo Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-9057
Portsmouth Circuit and General District Courts
345 Court Street, Suite 104
Portsmouth, VA 23705-0129
Williamsburg / James City County Circuit and General District Courts
5201 Monticello Avenue, Suite 2
Williamsburg, VA 23188-8218
Isle of Wight Circuit and General District Courts
17000 Josiah Parker Circle
Isle Of Wight, VA 23397

 

 

 

Reckless by Speeding - Call the Lawyers at Matney Law - Newport News VA

Reckless Driving & Speeding

Reckless by Speeding - Call the Lawyers at Matney Law - Newport News VAReckless Driving & Speeding

Matney Law PLLC of Newport News Virginia defends people in traffic court charged with reckless driving & speeding.  The lawyers at Matney Law know you do not have to live with a criminal record or a misdemeanor conviction.  Call Mark Matney for review of the traffic charge against you!  We serve Williamsburg, Gloucester, Yorktown, Newport News, Hampton, James City County, and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Call 757-784-3507 or Click Here to email Matney Law for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation!

lawyer Mark Matney has a top 10 AVVO rating for 2018Reckless Driving & Speeding

Reckless Driving & Speeding violations can be complex to deal with in Virginia. Matney Law, PLLC knows you might be pulled over for speeding and expect to receive a simple ticket, only to discover that you are actually facing a misdemeanor charge for reckless driving that will appear on your criminal record.

Attorney Mark Matney - Newport News Virginia - DUI & DWI attorneyMatney Law Can Help!

You do not have to live with a criminal record or explaining a misdemeanor conviction to employers. Attorney Mark Matney can help you fight the charge so that you can move on with your life.  Mr. Matney will coach you as he prepares your case for court and he will advocate for you on your trial date. Our team will help you understand your legal options and rights. We will answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns so that you are prepared for your day in court. You will be involved and informed throughout the process.

Categories of Reckless Driving

There are several categories of reckless driving in addition to speeding identified by Matney Law:
___ Driving Without a License or Driving While Suspended or revoked
___ Speeding
___ Passing a Stopped School Bus
___ Failure to Obey a Highway Sign
___ Running a stop sign
___ Failure to yeild

Questions?

What should I do to prepare for my case?

Obtain a copy of your driving transcript from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

If your DMV record shows a negative point balance, then compete a DMV approved driving course.

Have your speedometer calibrated if speed is an element of your case.

Obtain the full names and addresses of any witnesses who are involved in your case.

Obtain copies of any medical records related to your case.

What is the maximum sentence if the court finds me guilty of reckless driving?

Reckless driving is a class one misdemeanor and carries a maximum sentence of twelve months in jail and/or a fine of $2,500.00. (Virginia Code, section 18.2-11). The judge may also suspend your driver’s license.

Do I face any active jail time for reckless driving?

In the Hampton Roads area, the primary reasons for active jail time in reckless driving cases are: speeding above 89 miles per hour, bad prior driving record, lack of cooperation with the police, and accident cases.

How long will a reckless driving conviction stay on my record?

As a misdemeanor, a reckless driving conviction will remain on your Virginia criminal record permanently. However, reckless driving will be removed from your DMV record after eleven years.

How many demerit points will the DMV assign me for a reckless driving charge?

DMV assigns six demerit points for any reckless driving charge.

What is the general rule for reckless driving?

The Virginia Code provides that, “[i]rrespective of the maximum speeds permitted by law, any person who drives a vehicle on any highway recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person shall be guilty of reckless driving.” (Virginia Code, section 46.2-852).

Can a reckless driving charge be reduced or amended to a less serious charge?

Lawyers typically try to have reckless driving charges reduced to improper driving. The judge has discretion to amend the charge to improper driving when the poor driving behavior is less severe. The advantages of improper driving include that it is a traffic infraction instead of a misdemeanor, it carries fewer DMV demerit points, and the maximum fine is $500.00.

For reckless driving due to speeding, it is sometimes possible to reduce the charge to the traffic offense of speeding. This usually requires a good driving record and a speed that is close to the threshold for reckless driving.

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Passing A Stopped School Bus

Passing A Stopped School Bus

Posted by Mark Matney of Matney Law PLLC Newport News VA
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Traffic Violations

The Lawyers at Matney Law PLLC in Newport News Virginia defend people against traffic violations.  The Matney Law firm defends people in traffic court against reckless driving, speeding, expired registration, expired license, running a red light or stop sign, failure to wear a seat belt, DUI, DWI, driving without a license or with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, hit-and-run accidents, passing a stopped school bus.  Our attorneys serve Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown, Gloucester, Surry County, Toano.

So You Got A Ticket

Traffic tickets are serious business.

While many view traffic violations as minor infractions and nuisances, traffic tickets and moving violations have the power to wreak havoc on your life. Fees quickly mount, and points from tickets can cause your insurance premiums to skyrocket or result in a revoked or suspended license. Matney Law PLLC does not underestimate the seriousness of traffic violations and doggedly works on your behalf to get the charges you face reduced or dismissed.They can result in fines, court costs and points being placed against your driving record. Accumulating enough points within a two-year period subjects a person to additional sanctions by the Motor Vehicle Administration, including driving school, an official warning letter, a point system conference, suspension or even revocation or driving privileges. And imagine how high your car insurance will be.

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Handling a wide array of traffic violation cases

I regularly represent clients charged with traffic violations, including:

Reckless driving
Speeding
Expired registration
Expired license
Running a red light or stop sign
Failure to signal when changing lanes
Failure to wear a seatbelt
Driving under the influence (DUI)
Driving without a license or with a suspended license
Leaving the scene of an accident
Violating license restrictions
Hit-and-run accidents
Passing a Stopped School Bus
Failure to Yield
Unsafe Lane Change
Following too Closely
Whether you have been charged with a moving or nonmoving violation, I possess the knowledge needed to protect your best interests in traffic court.

DUI Attorney Mark Matney - Matney Law PLLC - Newport News - Williamsburg

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

The Lawyers at Matney Law PLLC defend people against driving related charges, including DUI, DWI, reckless driving, speeding, driving with a suspended license, driving without a license, running a red light or stop sign, hit-and-run accidents, and passing a stopped school bus.  Our attorneys serve the Virginia Peninsula and the surrounding areas, including Newport News, Hampton, York County, Williamsburg, James City County, Gloucester, New Kent, Surry, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk.

Community Involvement

Mark Matney of Matney Law PLLC community involvement includes Americans for Prosperity, Hosted three community outreach events to teach people financial skills for becoming more self-reliant, Lobby Day activities, Grass Roots Academy

Denbigh Warwick Business Association

Virginia Peninsula Food Bank, Legal Frenzy participant, Participated with other lawyers to raise support for the Food Bank in 2015 & 2016

Legal Clinics for Community of Faith Mission, 2014 & 2015

Peninsula YMCA, fundraiser 2016

Mr. Matney attends Relevant Church in Williamsburg.

Volunteering

Alliance Defending Freedom, 2008 National Litigation Academy, Allied Attorney.  Mr. Matney has donated more than 700 hours of legal services through Alliance Defending Freedom. Upon reaching 450 hours he became part of their Honor Guard. His volunteer work has included providing legal clinics, serving on the boards of nonprofit organizations, and advising churches and ministry leaders.

Cameroon Mission Trip – Joint project of Hope Outreach International Ministry and Evangel Theological Seminary, August 2013, 2 weeks instructing School of Practical Ministry for pastors and other ministry leaders

Classical Conversations, 9th grade Tutor/Instructor for homeschool community, Fall, 2012

Operation Mobilization – One year mission trip to Montreal, Quebec, Fall 1992 to Fall 1993, Outreach to young people living on the city’s streets

Law School at William & Mary: Christian Legal Society, Honor Council, Peninsula Legal Aid

Boards

Mark Matney, of Matney Law, PLLC, has served on the following boards:

New Town United Methodist Church, Leadership Board, January, 2014 to December, 2016. Served on the following subcommittees: Finance, Staff-Parish relations, Nominations, Communications.

Care Net Pregnancy Resource Centers, Previous board member, 2 years.

Evangel Theological Seminary, Previous board member, 3 years.

Newport News Bar Association, Board of Directors, Community Service Committee, July 2017 to Present

Newport News Bar Association, Board of Directors, Community Service Committee, July 2017 to Present

Republican Nominee

Mark Matney was the 2015 Republican nominee for Virginia’s 1st District State Senate race.

Matney Law - DUI Attorney - Newport News - Hampton Roads area of Virginia

Traffic Violations

Traffic Violations

The Lawyers at Matney Law PLLC in Newport News Virginia defend people against traffic violations.  The Matney Law firm defends people in traffic court against reckless driving, speeding, expired registration, expired license, running a red light or stop sign, failure to wear a seat belt, DUI, DWI, driving without a license or with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, hit-and-run accidents, passing a stopped school bus.  Our attorneys serve Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown, Gloucester, Surry County, Toano.

So You Got A Ticket

Traffic tickets are serious business.

While many view traffic violations as minor infractions and nuisances, traffic tickets and moving violations have the power to wreak havoc on your life. Fees quickly mount, and points from tickets can cause your insurance premiums to skyrocket or result in a revoked or suspended license. Matney Law PLLC does not underestimate the seriousness of traffic violations and doggedly works on your behalf to get the charges you face reduced or dismissed.They can result in fines, court costs and points being placed against your driving record. Accumulating enough points within a two-year period subjects a person to additional sanctions by the Motor Vehicle Administration, including driving school, an official warning letter, a point system conference, suspension or even revocation or driving privileges. And imagine how high your car insurance will be.

Handling a wide array of traffic violation cases

I regularly represent clients charged with traffic violations, including:

Reckless driving
Speeding
Expired registration
Expired license
Running a red light or stop sign
Failure to signal when changing lanes
Failure to wear a seatbelt
Driving under the influence (DUI)
Driving without a license or with a suspended license
Leaving the scene of an accident
Violating license restrictions
Hit-and-run accidents
Passing a Stopped School Bus
Failure to Yield
Unsafe Lane Change
Following too Closely
Whether you have been charged with a moving or nonmoving violation, I possess the knowledge needed to protect your best interests in traffic court.

 

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Matney Law - DUI Attorney - Newport News - Traffic Violations - Speeding - Hampton Roads area of VirginiaThe Effects of Traffic Violations

While many view traffic violations as minor infractions and nuisances, traffic tickets and moving violations have the power to wreak havoc on your life. Fees quickly mount, and points from tickets can cause your insurance premiums to skyrocket or result in a revoked or suspended license. Matney Law PLLC does not underestimate the seriousness of traffic violations and doggedly works on your behalf to get the charges you face reduced or dismissed.

Matney Law - DUI Attorney - Newport News - Hampton Roads area of VirginiaMisdemeanor in Virginia

In Virginia, some driving violations are dealt with as traffic infractions while others are actually misdemeanor crimes. Mr. Matney has helped many clients avoid misdemeanor convictions and achieve amendments and reductions of their charges.   Some of the driving charges that are classified as misdemeanors include DUI/DWI, Reckless Driving, Driving with a Suspended / Revoked License, and Open Container.

Matney Law - DUI Attorney - Newport News - Hampton Roads area of VirginiaTraffic Violations

Even if this is your first traffic violation, you could be facing severe consequences from the court, DMV, and your insurer. Whether your are charged with Reckless Driving or a traffic infraction, you can benefit from having legal representation. Matney Law PLLC office is located in Newport News Virginia, but represents clients throughout Hampton Roads.

Matney Law - DUI Attorney - Newport News - Hampton Roads area of VirginiaHandling a wide range violations

Reckless Driving
Speeding
Expired Registration
Expired License
Running a red light or stop sign
Failure to signal when changing lanes
Failure to wear seatbelt
DUI & DWI
Leaving the scene of an Accident
Violating license restrictions
Hit and run accident

Matney Law - DUI Attorney - Newport News - Hampton Roads area of VirginiaFailure to Yield

Unsafe Lane Change
Following too Closely
Whether you have been charged with a moving or nonmoving violation, I possess the knowledge needed to protect your best interests in traffic court.

Matney Law - DUI Attorney - Newport News - Hampton Roads area of VirginiaAmendment to Lesser Charge

The amendment of your charge will generally avoid or lessen the impact of the many penalties that can accompany traffic violations, including:

Jail and license suspension for misdemeanors
Fines
DMV demerit points
Increased insurance costs