Traffic Offenses

Leesburg & Alexandria Traffic Offense Lawyers

Defending Drivers in Fairfax, Prince William & Arlington Counties

Most drivers take traffic offenses lightly. To avoid dealing with the hassle of fighting traffic tickets in court, many of us merely pay the fine and move on. While this is expedient, it can result in negative consequences such as demerit points added to your driving record, suspension of your license, and spikes in your auto insurance premiums. That is because paying your fine is an admission of guilt. While it ends the matter of your traffic ticket, it can lead to the above-mentioned problems that you failed to take into account. Furthermore, some traffic tickets, such as reckless driving, are more than just infractions and may involve misdemeanors or even felonies.

If you have been cited for a traffic violation or have been arrested for a more serious traffic offense, putting an experienced attorney on your side can ensure that your rights are protected, that your voice is heard, and that the best possible outcome can be professionally pursued. At King, Campbell, Poretz, and Mitchell, you can partner with a firm that is highly experienced in handling both bench and jury trials with thousands of such cases handled in our years of practice. Our team is here to help you avoid or minimize the adverse consequences of these offenses, especially if your license is on the line. We can challenge subjective and other faulty evidence put forth by the other side to help you seek a favorable result. 

Schedule a case evaluation with a Leesburg & Alexandria, VA traffic offense attorney by getting in touch via our online contact form or by calling (703) 468-8557. Hablamos español.

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Traffic Offense Convictions in Virginia

Paying your fine on a traffic ticket is considered a conviction after which the court will notify the DMV. The DMV will then post your conviction on your driving record, add points to your record, and, if applicable, order your license to be suspended. The DMV may also order you to complete a driver improvement program as well as notify your insurer about the conviction when requested. 

Demerit points generally stay on your record for two years. However, the years that the convictions remain on your record vary with the type of violation. For example, speeding more than 20 mph or more above the posted limit will remain on your record for five years while failing to yield the right of way will remain for three years. In some cases, convictions stay on your record forever. 

In Virginia, traffic violations can result in three, four, and six points added to your record. If you are convicted of traffic violations in other states, they are also assigned to your record as well as traffic violations that do not involve any demerit points. If you accumulate too many points within a certain time period, your license can be automatically suspended.

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Common Traffic Violations in Virginia

Common traffic violations that involve demerit points include but are not limited to the following moving violations:

  • Speeding
  • Running red lights and rolling through stop signs
  • Making illegal U-turns
  • Tailgating
  • Improper turns
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Failing to completely stop at a red light before making a right turn
  • Texting while driving

Traffic offense misdemeanors carry more serious consequences, such as potential jail time, higher fines, and probation. These include driving on a suspended license, driving on a revoked license, no operator license, hit and run, reckless driving, and DUI. Our firm handles all traffic infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Regardless of the ticket or offense you face, our team can create a defense strategy aimed at dismissal or reduction of the offense. We are here to represent you in court in seeking the best possible outcome. 

Connect with King, Campbell, Poretz, and Mitchell to set up a case review with a Leesburg & Alexandria traffic offense attorney at (703) 468-8557.

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