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Matney Law PLLC has put together a list of organizations that regularly accept our clients as volunteers and are familiar with the letter we want them to provide you for court.

Community Knights, Newport News, VA

Assist with Bingo
Wednesday nights 5pm - 10pm

Call Tammy Rodriguez at 757-932-8440.

EBCLC – Pastor Curtis Harris, Williamsburg, VA

Pastor Harris is involved with numerous volunteer opportunities, including food distribution.

Call 757-350-9333.

THRIVE Peninsula, Newport News VA

Call 757-877-6211 x2 or mary@thrivepeninsula.org

Cleaning the outreach center
Duties: Vacuuming, wiping counters, dusting, taking out trash, etc.
Time: 2 hours on Tuesdays anytime between 2pm - 5pm

Shoe packing for the Shoe Mission
Duties: Sort donated shoes into pairs and tie together. Put tied shoes into bags of 25.
Time: Flexible, as needed, during normal office hours (10am - 5pm)

Front Desk Help
Duties: Answer phones, transfer calls, greet visitors, receive donations
Time: During normal office hours (10am - 5pm), as needed

Food Pantry Assistance
Duties: Receive donations, sort food, distribute food
Time: During normal office hours (10am - 5pm), as needed

Dreams of Hope Foundation, Newport News, VA

Call Betty Dent, Volunteer Coordinator, at 757-806-6339. Hours available are 8am - 2pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Provides families with assistance with clothing and transportation. Also, operates a re-entry program for convicted felons.

Williamsburg House of Mercy, Williamsburg, VA

Call Ellen at 757-229-3700 or ellen@williamsburghouseofmercy.org

www.williamsburghouseofmercy.org

Provides homeless shelter and soup kitchen. Volunteers are especially needed for their food pantry. (Must be age 18.)

 

Other Volunteer Listings
Volunteerpeninsula.org
Volunteerhr.org
Networkpeninsula.org/volunteer-net/
Volunteermatch.org

Reckless Driving, 37 MPH Over The Limit, Amended to Speeding

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Reckless Driving, 37 MPH Over The Limit, Amended to Speeding

Reckless Driving Amended to Speeding
Posted by Mark Matney of Matney Law PLLC Newport News, VA
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If you were charged with Reckless Driving by Speed at 72 mph in a 35 mph zone, would you prefer an amendment to Speeding or a conviction with a weekend of jail?  Today in court I represented the first driver.  When you go to court, it is like a job interview in the sense that you only get one chance to make a first impression.

My client, charged with reckless driving, 72 in 35, helped me prepare for court by completing the driver improvement course and arranging for the necessary witness.  At court, I spoke with the law enforcement officer and reviewed the situation with him.  When we presented our case, I was able to inform the court that my client stopped immediately for the officer and was cooperative throughout the encounter.  Additionally, I pointed out that the officer did not object to the amendment of the charge.  I then helped my client explain his side and what he learned from being charged and completing a driver improvement course.  Finally, we presented my client’s clear driving history and the testimony of a witness who spoke on his behalf.

The judge amended the charge from the criminal misdemeanor of Reckless Driving to the traffic infraction of Speeding.  He noted that he considered the officer’s input, the testimony of the character witness, and my client’s driving history, driver improvement course and acknowledgement of responsibility.

On the other hand, I observed a driver who was charged with Reckless Driving by Speed at 70 mph in a 35 mph zone.  That driver was found guilty and sentenced to two days of jail.  Despite the lower speed he received a more severe result.  What was the difference?  The other driver did not prepare effectively for his day in court.  He did not present that the officer was willing for the charge to be amended, nor did he present a driver improvement course or any other mitigating factors.

Sometimes the judges decide that the speed is too high and they do not amend despite all of our preparations.  However, by planning in advance we can obtain the best result based on the facts and circumstances.

 

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Two ASAP Non-Compliance Cases Dismissed This Week

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Two ASAP Non-Compliance Cases Dismissed This Week

Two ASAP Non-Compliance Cases
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This week judges in two different cities dismissed ASAP show cause violations against my clients.  Both cases involved someone who triggered an ignition interlock violation soon after the machine was installed.  They completed six months with no new interlock problems before their court dates and remained in full compliance with respect to classes and payments.  It is important when dealing with an ASAP violation of any type to be straightforward with the ASAP case manager, to avoid any new issues, and to maintain strict compliance after the incident.

Dismissal of Brandishing a Firearm

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Dismissal of Brandishing a Firearm

Defending against a charge of brandishing a firearm requires carefully evaluating the language of the Virginia Code and comparing it to the facts and circumstances of the case.  The brandishing code section applies whenever someone points or handles a firearm in a manner that reasonably induces “fear in the mind of another.”  There is a exception for self-defense.  In our case, my client was charged with brandishing a firearm by the police officer who arrived and saw him pointing a gun at his friend.  At the trial, the friend was not called as a witness.  After cross-examining the police officer and questioning two neutral witnesses, it became clear that the person who the gun was pointed toward had been asked to leave the property twice and that one of the witnesses had actually escorted him from the property.  It was also evident that he supposed victim had continued to advance toward my client despite being told to stop and to leave the property.  The officer and the witnesses did not provide any statements that indicated that the gun had actually “induce[d] fear in the mind of another of being shot or injured.”  In fact, the continued advancing toward the weapon showed that he was not afraid.  Other factors that the judge considered were the intoxication of the supposed victim and that my client was the one who had called the police.  Brandishing is not to be taken lightly, but this charge can be successfully defended by analyzing the facts and challenging whether the officer or prosecutor has proven the elements set forth in the Virginia Code.

Virginia Code § 18.2-282. Pointing, holding, or brandishing firearm, air or gas operated weapon or object similar in appearance; penalty.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to point, hold or brandish any firearm or any air or gas operated weapon or any object similar in appearance, whether capable of being fired or not, in such manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another or hold a firearm or any air or gas operated weapon in a public place in such a manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another of being shot or injured. However, this section shall not apply to any person engaged in excusable or justifiable self-defense. Persons violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor or, if the violation occurs upon any public, private or religious elementary, middle or high school, including buildings and grounds or upon public property within 1,000 feet of such school property, he shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony.

What if the officer doesn’t have the radar calibration certificate?

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What if the officer doesn't have the
calibration certificate for the radar or lidar?

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The law enforcement officer must provide a certificate of accuracy that is dated within six months preceding the date the motorist was stopped. Otherwise, the speeding or reckless driving by speed may be dismissed. The officer is not required to show the certificate to the judge unless the motorist or his lawyer requests it.

I regularly review the law enforcement officer’s calibration certificates as part of representing my clients. The officers are professional and usually have their documents, but in the past two weeks two clients have benefitted from dismissals when officers did not having the necessary certificates. In one case, speeding 38/25 in Newport News, the officer did not have his lidar certificate. In the other case, speeding 45/30 in Hampton, the officer’s radar certificate was outdated.

Not Guilty of Speeding, 43 in 30

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Matney Law - DUI Lawyers - Traffic Court Attorneys - Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, YorktownReckless Driving by Speed, 43 in 30

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This morning my client’s speeding case was dismissed! The officer was operating stationary Lidar (laser) in a 35 mph zone just past the point where the speed limit changed from 35 mph to 30 mph.

When I asked the officer for the certification for his lidar equipment, I found that he did not have a certificate that covered the date when my client was stopped. The Virginia Code provides that “no calibration or testing of such device shall be valid for longer than six months” (Sec. 46.2-882). The officer’s certificate must be dated during the six months preceding the date of the stop. It cannot be dated after the stop or more than six months before the stop.

Reckless Driving by Speed, 95 in 60

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Mark Matney will defend you in traffic court against DUI - DWI - Speeding TicketsReckless Driving by Speed, 95 in 60

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Today in the General District Court my client was facing a charge of driving 35 mph over the speed limit. While we waited for our case to be called, we observed another person charged with the same speed. In that case, the judge sentenced the driver to a fine, license suspension, and an active jail sentence. On the Virginia Peninsula, judges consider jail beginning at 30 miles over the speed limit and at 90 mph regardless of the speed limit.

However, for my client, our preparations resulted in avoiding jail except for being held at the courthouse for about an hour. What was the difference between the two cases? Prior planning precludes poor performance! My client made a special effort to accomplish a standard driver improvement course, a reckless and aggressive driver education course, and a significant number of volunteer hours. My client’s preparation before court helped him avoid returning from out of town to serve time in jail.

Each case deserves special attention and a strategy that considers the unique combination of the person charged, the judge who will hear the case, the officer who brought the charge, and the charge itself.

5 Steps to Succeed

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5 Steps to Succeed With Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Mark Matney of Matney Law PLLC Newport News VA
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Did you set financial goals for the New Year? As we approach the end of the first quarter of 2020 are you on track? Many people use the change of year to start something new. Unfortunately, few follow through. Think of all the new gym memberships and budgets that end up unused as January rolls into February. Here are 5 steps to success:
1. Choose Reasonable Goals: The best first step to accomplishing a new goal is to set a target you can reach within a reasonable period of time. If you are in debt, tackle the smallest one first. If you are starting or building your retirement savings, then set a monthly goal. Setting up an automatic investment plan is a worry-free way to keep you on track.

2. Write Your Goals Down: When you write down what you want to accomplish, you are 200% more likely to achieve it. When it is just a thought, then it is only a wish. Working with a financial coach will help you identify how much money is needed to reach your goals. A good coach will make sure you account for inflation and estimated rates of return.

3. Don’t Judge Yourself Too Severely. There will be ups and downs as you work toward your goal, don’t be discouraged. Maybe you had to use all of your emergency fund savings. Be excited that you had the money available and recommit to your original plan.

4. Focus On How You Will Feel When You Succeed. How will you feel when you become debt free, fully fund your emergency savings, or save enough to have the option to stop working? Imagine crossing the finish line! It will be 100 times better than you think!

5. Reward Yourself Along The Way. Did you pay off your first debt, finish building your emergency account, achieve a milestone in your retirement savings? Congratulate yourself and share with others what you achieved. You will be amazed how you can encourage others.

Mark Matney is a financial and legal services professional who helps families and businesses throughout Hampton Roads to get their money working for them so they can worry less about money and enjoy their lives more. Call him for a free consultation at 757-784-3507.

Thanksgiving Preparations

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Thanksgiving Preparations

Posted by Mark Matney of Matney Law PLLC Newport News VA
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Matney Law PLLC of Newport News, Virginia focus on traffic cases on the Peninsula from Hampton and Newport News to New Kent. During the week before Thanksgiving we were busy helping clients with the following matters:

Speeding 64/45 in York County – amended to defective equipment
Reckless Driving 79/55 in Charles City County – amended to speeding
Reckless Driving in Work Zone in New Kent – amended to speeding
Improper Passing in Williamsburg – dismissed
Speeding 38/25 in Williamsburg – dismissed
DUI with 5 other charges in New Kent – 3 misdemeanors and a traffic infraction dismissed + drug charge reduced + minimum sentence for the DUI
Restricted License petition in Newport News – granted
Fail to Obey Traffic Signal with Accident in Newport News – dismissed
2nd DUI in Hampton – Minimum sentence for DUI, first offender program with ultimate dismissal for drug charge, 3 misdemeanors dismissed: Refusal 2nd, Driving with suspended license, Failure to appear.
There were also two accident cases in Newport News that were appealed to the Circuit Court for new trials.