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DMV Demerit Points

Posted by Mark Matney of Matney Law PLLC Newport News VA
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Can you avoid DMV Demerit Points? Today in Hampton I helped two clients charged with speeding achieve amendments to defective equipment.  Both avoided 4 DMV demerit points.  [May 1, 2018, Mark Matney].

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Handling a wide array of traffic violation cases

Matney Law PLLC of Newport News Virginia 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

Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP)

Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP)

General Information, State Directory
Phone: 804-786-5895
Website: www.vasap.state.va.us/index.html

Chesapeake Bay ASAP
757-552-1800
868North Newtown Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
http://www.vasap.org/chesapeakebay/
Serving: Accomac, Northampton, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach

Peninsula ASAP
757-594-8970
216 Village Parkway
Newport News, VA 23601
http://www.peninsulaasap.com/
Serving: Charles City County, Hampton, James City County,Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and York County

Southeastern Virginia ASAP
Portsmouth location:
757-396-6980505
Washington Street,
Suite 710
Portsmouth, VA 23704

Suffolk location:
757-925-1597
140 West Washington Street,
Suite 104
Suffolk, VA 23434
http://www.vasap.state.va.us/locateanasap/southeasternvirginia.html
Serving: Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth,Smithfield, Southampton and Suffolk

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

What’s the Point? DMV Demerit Points

DMV Demerit Points

Posted by Mark Matney of Matney Law PLLC Newport News VA
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The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) uses a point system to monitor Virginia drivers. The DMV assigns demerit points for driving convictions and rewards safe driving and driver improvement courses with positive points.

A new Virginia driver begins with 0 points. This applies to both first time drivers and drivers who transfer from another state. Drivers earn one point for each calendar year without any traffic infractions or license suspensions. Completing a driver improvement course accelerates the process by providing 5 positive points. Points may only be earned through the course once every two years. The maximum a driver may earn is 5 points.

Courts do not assign demerit points directly. Instead, the DMV assigns demerit points based on the nature of the court conviction. Demerit points are deducted for every moving violation. Each infraction is assigned a point value of -3, -4, or -6, depending on the severity of the offense. Speeding 20+ mph over the limit and all misdemeanors (i.e. reckless driving, DUI, driving with a suspended license) are assigned 6 demerit points. Examples of 4 demerit point violations are speeding (10-19 mph over limit), passing when unsafe, and failure to yield right of way. 3 demerit point violations include speeding (1-9 mph over limit), improper U-turn, and failure to obey a highway sign. If a driver is convicted of more than one violation in the same incident, then DMV will only assign points for the most severe charge.

There is no limit to how many negative points a driver could accumulate. However, DMV will place a driver on probation if he accumulates 12 or more points in a 12-month period or 18 or more points in a 24-month period. An additional demerit point violation while on probation results in suspension of the driver’s license without a restricted license.
For more information about DMV demerit points or traffic infractions, you may refer to www.dmv.virginia.gov or contact Mark Matney at MatneyLawPLLC.com

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.

Call 757-784-3507

I Welcome Your Comments

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.

Matney Law PLLC - DUI Attorney - Newport News VA

Matney Law – DUI Case Results

Matney Law - DUI Case Results

Matney Law PLLC with offices in Williamsburg & Newport News are providing some sample DUI cases results for your review.  You may read all of the case results for 2015 through 2018 in the tabs on this website.  Mark Matney has defended hundreds of people in traffic court.  If you are looking for a experienced DUI defense team, then call Matney Law.  We focus on the cities and counties between Virginia Beach and New Kent.

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DUI Not Guilty and DUI Dismissed

During the past month, I achieved dismissals for two of my DUI clients. During this time I also helped other clients by negotiating the amendment of a DUI to reckless driving, the dismissal of other charges, the avoidance or reduction of jail, and other positive sentencing outcomes.

The dismissal by nolle pros was exciting for my client, but it was not extraordinary. By showing up ready for trial, I was able to take advantage of a difficulty with the prosecution’s evidence. This resulted in the prosecutor asking the judge to dismiss the case with the hope that he can possibly obtain the necessary evidence in the future.

The not guilty decision was exhilarating. DUI trials are hard fought, with most of my clients presumed to be under the influence as soon as we walk into the courtroom. In this case, I argued a legal issue to challenge the admissibility of the breath certificate and the judge agreed to exclude the breath certificate with my client’s blood alcohol level. This decision removed the presumption that my client was under the influence and left both sides to argue about the field sobriety tests. After the officer described what he remembered happening, I asked him clarifying questions and gave him the opportunity to explain how poorly he thought my client performed on the tests. The problem for the prosecution was that I then played the officer’s video of my client’s field sobriety tests and the judge was able to see that my client did not make the errors that the officer described. With the breath certificate excluded and the video demonstrating that my client did well on the field tests, the judge disregarded the officer’s testimony and found my client not guilty of driving under the influence (DUI).

Local Counsel for Federal Civil Cases

Local Counsel for Federal Civil Cases

Mr. Matney has served as local counsel for Federal Civil Cases is an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, a network of Christian lawyers.  In this role he has helped out of state law firms with their representation of Virginia clients in cases involving election law, religious freedom, and free speech.

 

Civil Cases

  1. Herb Lux v. Virginia State Board of Elections, USDC – Richmond, 3:10-cv-482, 2010 to 2012

Local counsel for The Bopp Law Firm. Challenged Virginia election law on behalf of Tea Party candidate for congress. The Virginia Code was amended as a result of this case.

2. Christian Rights Ministries v. City of Chesapeake, USDC – Norfolk, 2:08-cv-154

Local counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom. A ministry was asked to remove their cross from their booth at the end of a parade. The City defended by claiming that there was a safety issue. The case settled.

3.  U.S. v. William Danielczyk, USDC – Alexandria, 1:11-cr-85 (JCC)

Local counsel for The Bopp Law Firm. Assisted with filing amicus curiae brief on behalf of The James Madison Center for Free Speech re: campaign contributions by corporations as free speech.

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DWI Amended to Reckless Driving

DWI Amended to Reckless Driving

Posted by Mark Matney of Matney Law PLLC Newport News VA
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Today I was glad to help a client achieve an amendment from DWI 1st offense to Reckless Driving General.  This result avoided the DWI label while also helping the client avoid the ignition interlock and reduce the period of license suspension from 12 months to 6 months.

Each case involves its own set of circumstances and facts, so I cannot guarantee a particular outcome in a specific case.  In some recent DWI cases the charges associated with the DWI case were dismissed and/or reduced without an amendment of the DWI itself.  However, three other recent DWI clients in the past two weeks received amendments of their DWI charges.  Two clients charged with DWI 2nd offense had their cases reduced to DWI 1st offense and another client received an amendment from a DWI with an elevated 0.20 blood alcohol level to the standard blood alcohol level of below 0.15.

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.

Call 757-784-3507

I Welcome Your Comments

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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Contact Matney Law PLLC


If you have been accused in a traffic related matter, contact Matney Law, PLLC, then my staff and I will help you through the process of protecting your rights. Call us now.   I am Mark Matney, a defense lawyer who helps drivers charged with driving related offenses. I fight for those charged with DUI & DWI, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Suspended License, and other traffic charges.  I also help people regain their licenses after felony DUI and habitual offender status through reinstatement petitions in the Circuit Court.

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DUI Attorney

DUI law can be complex and frustrating. With any other offense, you are innocent until proven guilty. But when you are facing a DUI charge, the results of a blood or breath test render you presumed to be under the influence and in violation of the law. This means that if you are facing DUI charges, you need to be represented by an experienced lawyer who knows DUI defense.

If you need a DUI attorney, you can count on Lawyer Mark Matney. Mr. Matney will take the time to explain the DUI law and answer all your questions. He and his staff will support you as you prepare for your day in court. Mr. Matney will be your advocate on your trial date to help ensure that you obtain the best possible outcome.

Mark Matney will thoroughly prepare for your case by accessing records from the police officer and prosecutor, reviewing any videos, analyzing reports from the Department of Forensic Science, and obtaining your side of what happened through a detailed client questionnaire.

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Office (757) 968-5636
Cell (757) 784-3507
Fax (757) 968-5654

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Matney Law, PLLC
13195 Warwick Blvd., Suite 2B
Newport News, VA 23602
DUI & Traffic Court Attorney

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Advocate

Mark Matney - DUI - Reckless Driving - Matney Law PLLC - Newport News VirginiaAdvocate committed to challenging drunk driving charges

I understand that good people can make mistakes. I strive to protect you by zealously representing your interests at every turn. I am knowledgeable about complex Virginia DUI laws and will analyze every aspect of your case — from the initial traffic stop to Breathalyzer or blood tests — to build your defense. I know what the prosecution needs to prove to obtain a conviction and I will challenge the evidence against you with the skill I have developed through more than 20 years of practicing law. I will work diligently to help you avoid or minimize the charges against you.

After your arrest:

1. Make sure you have copies of all of the papers you signed / received. You should have the following documents:

a. Summons or warrant for each charge
b. Recognizance form demonstrating terms of your release from custody.
c. Certificate of Blood Alcohol Analysis if you took a breath test.

2. Preserve your memory of the day of your arrest by immediately writing a summary of all you can remember about the events leading up to the time of your arrest and the circumstances of the arrest itself. Be sure to include the following information:

a. Location(s) where you were drinking along with times and the number and type of drinks.
b. Witness names and contact information.
c. Statements you made to police and statements by the police.
d. List of field sobriety tests with descriptions of the instructions and results.
e. Any medical issues you were experiencing at the time of the arrest.

Contact me today for a consultation.

If you have been arrested for DUI, you need a qualified defense attorney who has the knowledge and experience to help you. Call Mark Matney at Matney Law, PLLC, today at 757-784-3507 or contact me online to schedule a phone conference or a meeting at my Newport News, Virginia office.