If it is a mere Virginia speeding ticket and your driving record is
otherwise flawless, you may handle the fines and ticket on your own and
waive your right to a court hearing, unless a court date is
specifically required on your ticket.
It is always advisable, however, to attend your court hearing to try
for a reduction or dismissal:
- Obtain a copy of your Virginia driving record and present it to the
judge. Plead ‘no contest’ and request enrollment in a Virginia
Defensive Driving School or Virginia Driver Improvement program.
- If your request for Virginia Defensive Driving School or a Virginia
Driver Improvement program is denied, request a reduction of the
charge. If this request is granted, you will pay reduced fines
and have less demerits added to your driving record.
- If you find that your experience in court was conducted unfairly
and you are not satisfied with the outcome, you have the option of
appealing your case to the Virginia Circuit Court where your pleas will
be heard by a jury of your peers. At this point, you will want to hire