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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.

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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
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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Reckless Driving & Speeding

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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.

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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


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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Mark R. Matney

Lawyer Mark Matney of Matney Law PLLC - Newport News Virginia - DUI and Traffic Court Lawyer

Mark R. Matney

Mark R. Matney is a lawyer who concentrates on driving related matters. Whether the case involves DUI, Reckless Driving, or another traffic charge, Mr. Matney goes to the mat to defend his clients.  Matney Law PLLC office is in Newport News, Virginia but he defends clients in traffic court throughout the Hampton Roads area of Virginia including Williamsburg, and Yorktown.

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lawyer Mark Matney has a top 10 AVVO rating for 2018Training and Bar Memberships

Mr. Matney is committed to continuing to improve his ability to help his clients. He is a member of and participates in training through the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), the Virginia State Bar, and the Newport News Bar Association. Furthermore, he received training with one of the breath machine manufacturers to obtain his Certificate of Competency in the Basic Science of Evidential Breath Alcohol Testing.

Matney Law PLLC - DUI Attorney - Newport News VALaw Degree

Mr. Matney obtained his law degree in 1992 from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. As an undergraduate at The American University in Washington, DC, he completed a B.A. in International Studies in 1989 with minors in business and French. In 2005, Mr. Matney achieved his Master of Divinity degree by graduating summa cum laude from Evangel Theological Seminary.

DUI Defense Attorney - Matney Law PLLCProfessional Memberships & Bar Admissions

Virginia State Bar
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)
Newport News Bar Association, Board of Directors
Williamsburg Bar Association

Local Counsel for Federal Civil Cases

Mr. Matney has served as local counsel for Federal Civil Cases as 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.

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Mark has recently been recognized as an industry leader in DUI cases and was asked to become a contributor and co- author of the book – A Cup Of Coffee With 10 Of The Top DUI Attorneys In The United States. This book has become a Best Seller on Amazon.  For a free copy of the book, email