One of the most common interactions most people have with police is through traffic offenses. In 2015, 8.6% of the population had contact with the police in the form of traffic stops and an additional 3.1% interacted with police after vehicle collisions. Traffic stops can result in a wide range of penalties, depending on the nature of the offense an officer charges; from simple speeding tickets to felonies such as driving under the influence (DUI), it is important to know your rights and potential consequences.
Steering Clear of Penalties
Different penalties apply to offenses based on a few circumstances, such as the severity of the charge and previous history of traffic offenses. These penalties can range from being issued a small fine to serving jail time. No matter what charge or penalty you are facing, it is critical that you have legal advice to counsel you. Traffic defense attorneys are well versed in courtroom procedures, possible penalties, and building a strong legal strategy that can help protect you. Those facing serious charges such as a DUI or reckless driving, need to enlist legal services to ensure a fair trial and be aware of the serious impact this can have on their life.
Safeguarding Your Rights
In every criminal case, defendants are entitled to certain legal rights that can not be taken away. However, those that may not know their rights or protections could be persuaded by law enforcement to waive them without knowing this is not in their best interest. It is imperative to work with an experienced defense attorney who can not only protect your rights, but is able to effectively counsel and advocate for you to ensure fair treatment.
Experienced Traffic Defense Strategies
Our experienced legal team is well versed in courtroom strategy and is committed to making our clients comfortable during uncertain times. An effective defense team can reduce charges and penalties and help ensure the best outcome that prevents life-altering repercussions. We help guide you through the process and strategy to make you feel comfortable and guarantee the best chance of success.
A Legal Team On Your Side
The Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge can help your defense on traffic charges such as:
Driving With a Suspended License
Driving with a suspended license is a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia and can affect an individual for life. In addition to fines and the possibility of jail time, convictions may result in the complete revocation of an individual’s license.
Driving Without a License
Driving without a license is prohibited in Virginia and constitutes a Class 2 misdemeanor, if convicted. There are some legal defense strategies, but convictions can impact an individual’s life severely and permanently.
In Virginia, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol or other intoxicants. Instances of DUI and DWI are punished severely due to the capacity for harm, and therefore defendants need to avail themselves of a strong legal defense strategy.
Eluding the Police
Eluding the police consists of refusing to stop after a law enforcement officer has signaled a visual or verbal command to stop. While this can be in a car or on foot, endangering officers’ or the public’s safety can be a further incriminating factor.
Hit and Run
Virginia law requires for all vehicles, drivers, and passengers to take sufficient measures after a collision. The required steps vary based on the amount of personal injury or property damage, and severe collisions will require the police to be contacted.
Reckless driving in Virginia is considered to be operating a vehicle 20-mph over the posted speed limit or over 80-mph anywhere in Virginia. Operating a vehicle with disregard for the chance of personal injury or property damage may also constitute reckless driving.
Speeding is one of the most common interactions most of the public will have with police. Penalties for speeding may vary depending on circumstances and multiple instances of speeding can accrue demerit points on drivers’ licenses.
Traffic tickets are a widely misunderstood legal process under which many drivers admit to guilt upon accusation. Penalties and defenses for traffic tickets vary due to circumstances and it is important for drivers to understand their rights and options.
Enlist Legal Help Today to Ensure Success
If you are facing a traffic offense, reach out to the Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge today. Having legal counsel is the best way to avoid unnecessary risks and find the best outcome to your situation. We are prepared to assist you and start planning your defense strategy. Call 571.559.7229, or request a consultation online to get started on preparing a defense strategy with the Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge.