If your Virginia speeding ticket does not carry any other charges
and your Virginia driving record is otherwise unmarred, you may
consider paying your fine and handling the ticket on your
It is unlikely, however, that you will receive a reprieve from a judge
in Virginia traffic court if an officer can prove a reckless driving –
speeding in excess of 80 mph over the speed limit ticket; however, you
are not completely out of options. An experienced attorney can
plea bargain your case with the Court’s Prosecuting
Virginia Defensive Driving School or Virginia Driver Improvement
program enrollment is the likely bargaining chip your attorney will
use. In exchange for your voluntary enrollment in and successful
completion of a Virginia Defensive Driving School or Virginia Driver
Improvement Program, the Prosecuting Attorney may agree to reduce the
charge or dismiss the ticket, depending on the severity of your
offense. Driving University is a Virginia State approved
Defensive Driving School and your enrollment will meet the requirements
set forth by the court.
It is also possible that you were mistakenly accused of speeding.
While it does not happen often, there are instances of human,
mechanical or technical errors resulting in inaccurate readings.
Your attorney will take the proper steps in ensuring that all data is
analyzed and read correctly, and this could include calibration of your
own speedometer. That’s right! Your own speedometer might
have told you that your speed was acceptable, but it might have
provided a false reading. This does not make you a ‘reckless’
driver; it is one of the few instances where your violation may have
truly been unintentional. Let an experienced attorney navigate
these waters and negotiate appropriate consequences.
It is not likely that you will reap the same results, so be sure to
hire an attorney and do your best to fight your ticket. Just
remember that this is a second chance to do the right thing – not a
free pass to speed again.