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Reckless Driving in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court

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Reckless Driving in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court

Reckless Driving
Posted by Mark Matney of Matney Law PLLC Newport News, VA
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Two recent cases demonstrate that extra preparation by minors can have an extraordinary impact on their cases. The two clients, both age 17 when they were stopped, were charged with reckless driving at speeds over 100 mph. I have seen Circuit Court judges on the Peninsula sentence minors to active jail time at these speeds. However, both of these clients had their cases dismissed. No reporting to DMV, no demerit points, no misdemeanor convictions, no insurance rate adjustments, no suspended licenses, no jail. The charges were outright dismissed.

For the first case, the young lady was placed on house arrest with an ankle bracelet pending the trial date. She was only permitted to leave her home to go to school and work and was not permitted to drive for most of the pretrial period. In addition to all of these complications, she volunteered many hours of community service before her court date. After court she had to avoid any new violations pending a review date. The second client, a young man, completed two driver improvement classes and volunteered before court. After the court hearing the judge required a significant number of additional community service hours and the avoidance of any new charges before his review date.

These clients helped me and my associate attorney, Abigail Hockett, to achieve the best possible results by following our preparation instructions and then exceeding the judge’s expectations before their review dates.

 

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Leniency for Suspended License Cases

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Leniency for Suspended License Cases
Revoked or Suspended License Defense Attorney
Posted by Mark Matney of Matney Law PLLC Newport News VA
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The new Virginia law making it easier for people to reinstate their driving privileges is resulting in increased leniency for people charged with driving while their license is suspended. This morning as I waited my turn, the judge granted a continuance to every person who requested more time to reinstate his or her license. The benefit of this is that when someone obtains a valid license before the final hearing it is typical for judges to amend the charge to a less serious offense.

For example, a client in one recent case reinstated his license before the initial court date and the judge amended the charge from a Class 1 Misdemeanor, which would have resulted in a mandatory additional license suspension of 90 days, to a Class 2 Misdemeanor with no license suspension and only a $50 fine.

Notably, in a similar case in a different local city, the judge amended the Class 1 Misdemeanor of driving with a suspended license to the traffic infraction of Driving Without a License in Possession. This avoided a misdemeanor conviction and a license suspension.

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Do I have to come to court?

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Trial in Absence, also known as “Do I have to come to court?

Posted by Mark Matney of Matney Law PLLC Newport News VA
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Trial in Absence...  I often represent people who do not come to court with me.  Last month, for example, I accomplished the amendment of a charge of Reckless Driving by Speed, 88/60, to Speeding for a Pennsylvania resident.  Matney Law PLLC is a traffic court and DUI defense law firm.  Read our reviews on Avvo...

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Must be present for their court dates?

This works well for people who do not live locally and who are charged with less serious matters.  However, judges generally require a court appearance for the more serious misdemeanors, even if the person resides at a great distance.  Typically, when there is a realistic possibility of a jail sentence, then people must be present for their court dates.

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Reckless Driving to Speeding

Making a special trip for court can be part of the mitigating factors that we present to the judge.  A couple months ago a client charged with Reckless by Speed drove to court from Maryland.  Although his speed was so high that it could have resulted in jail and a suspended license, the judge took note of the client’s travel and amended the charge from Reckless Driving to Speeding.

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Did You Win?

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Did you win?

Posted by Mark Matney of Matney Law PLLC Newport News VA
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Did you win?...  Dismissal is the best result in a traffic or criminal result, but is dismissal the only way to determine victory?  Matney Law PLLC serving Newport News, Williamsburg, Hampton, Yorktown.  Avvo Attorney Reviews...

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

Consider this recent DUI / DWI case.  My client was charged with DUI with an elevated Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), Felony Hit and Run, Open Container, and Driving with a Suspended License.  The final result:  Guilty of DUI with only the mandatory minimum sentence, Dismissal  of the charges of Open Container and Driving with Suspended, and Amendment of the Felony Hit and Run to a misdemeanor.  Avoided two misdemeanors, avoided a felony conviction that would have resulted in the loss of certain rights, but convicted of DUI.  A loss on the DUI itself, but I submit that the case was a victory since two misdemeanors were dismissed and a felony conviction (with its loss of civil rights) was avoided.

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Avoid DMV Demerit Points

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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.

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Counseling

Counseling and Substance Abuse Treatment

The Lawyers at Matney Law PLLC – counseling and substance abuse treatment information. The Matney Law firm defends people against reckless driving, speeding, expired license, running a red light, DUI, DWI, driving without license, passing a stopped school bus. Our attorneys serve Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown, Gloucester, Surry, Toano.

Recovery for Life – Dr. Paul Hardy
Virginia Beach
757-456-0093
www.myrecoveryforlife.com

Edgehill: A Recovery Retreat Center
540-662-8865
315 East Cork Street
Winchester, VA 22601
http://edgehillrecovery.org/

The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place
757-565-0106 / 800-582-6066
5477 Mooretown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
http://farleycenter.com/

Rehab Center
Phone: 888-979-9592
Website: www.rehabcenter.net

Charged with a DUI call Matney Law PLLC 757-784-3507

Referral Attorneys

Referral Attorneys

The Lawyers at Matney Law PLLC – Referral Attorneys Information. The Matney Law firm defends people against reckless driving, speeding, expired license, running a red light, DUI, DWI, driving without license, passing a stopped school bus. Our attorneys serve Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown, Gloucester, Surry, Toano.

B. Scott Wash, Esq
Tel. 757-355-1806
bscottwash@gmail.com
Family Law, Personal Injury

Brian Gillette, Esq.
Gillette Law Group, PLLC
Tel. 757-220-4529/ 757-2209451
1315 Jamestown Rd, Suite 102, Williamsburg, VA 23185
www.gillettelawgroup.com
Disability Benefits, Chair, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Social Security Law Section

Jeremy Forrest
Beavers Law
757-234-4650
Estate Administration

Shannon Forrest
Beavers Law
757-234-4650
Family Law

Driver Improvement & RADEP Courses

Driver Improvement Courses

Budget Driver Improvement
(757) 969-1096
Multiple locations
www.vadmvclass.com

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Computer based driver improvement clinics
http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/drivers/#pcbased.html

 

RADEP Providers (Reckless and Aggressive Driver Education Program)

A.  A&AAA Be Better Drivers, 804-748-2851, bebetterdrivers.com. This class includes both the standard 8 hour driver improvement program and additional hours for the reckless and aggressive driving program.

B.  In the alternative, you may complete any standard 8 hour driver improvement course and then complete a separate 4 or 6 hour reckless and aggressive driving course with one of the following providers:

  1. All Wise Driving School, Richmond, Tel. 804-218-7350, http://www.allwise-drivingschool.com
  2. Capital Area ASAP, 4915 Augusta Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230, tel 804-367-6090.
  3. John Tyler ASAP, 4211 Old Hundred Road, Chester, VA 23831, tel 804-796-4281, vasap.state.va.us/locateanasap/johntyler.html
  4. Online class: https://ntsi.com/our-services/court-diversion/aggressive-driving/.  Virginia does not offer an online version.  You will need to select a Level 2 case such as the one offered for Washington State.

 

 

 

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Ignition Interlock Providers

Ignition Interlock Providers

If you are required to have an ignition interlock machine installed due to a DUI conviction, you will need to contact one of these providers.  You must complete six months without any violations in order to have the ignition interlock removed from your vehicle.

Alcolock VA

www.alcolockva.com

(877) 859-4782

LifeSafer

www.lifesafer.com

(866) 202-3381

Draeger, Inc.

www.draeger.com/en-us_us/Ignition-Interlock

(800) 332-6858

Smart Start, Inc.

www.smartstartinc.com

(800) 880-3394

Intoxalock

www.intoxalock.com/virginia

(804) 381-4774