Have you been cited for speeding while driving on a public road? Do you believe that you deserved the ticket? Or, were you sticking to the speed limit when the traffic officer pulled you over and gave you a ticket for breaking the speed limit? You might have not even known you were speeding until you received a copy of the fine in the post. You might be guilty of speeding but cannot afford to pay the fine.
There are many scenarios, like these suggested above, that will lead to the receipt of a speeding ticket.
The question is, how do you handle this scenario?
By way of answering this question, let’s consider the following points:
Consult with a Legal Expert
If you need help with your speeding ticket in Virginia, the first thing to do is to consult with a lawyer.
Surely you can represent yourself in the traffic court.
The straightforward answer to this question is, yes you can represent yourself in court.
However, it is preferable to engage with a lawyer before your court date because speeding is actually considered reckless driving by speed offense in Virginia. As its name suggests, this is a potentially serious offense, especially if a motor vehicle accident is the result of the fact that you were driving too fast.
Record the Circumstances around the Time of the Speeding Ticket
The circumstances around the time of the speeding ticket might be a bit hazy, especially if it resulted in a car accident. Even though you might not be able to remember much, it is critical to write down everything that you can remember. Your attorney might need it when he represents you in court.
And, if there was a car crash, witnesses to the accident need to be contacted to give a statement. And, finally, you need to get copies of any medical bills if you need medical treatment or hospitalization as a result of the incident.
Remain Calm and Respectful
It is essential to speak calmly and respectfully to everyone involved with the speeding incident; from the time you are stopped by a traffic officer to your day in court. You will find that if you treat people with respect, especially law enforcement officials and the judiciary, they will be far more willing to listen to your side of the story. And, you will make a good impression, which is always a good thing, especially if you are facing a criminal conviction.
This point is similar to the point above. However, its direct application bears reference to being questioned by the traffic police and in court. Also, it’s crucial to remember that you have the right to an attorney if you are arrested for reckless driving at the time of the incident. You do not have to answer any questions until your attorney arrives.
Nevertheless, the most important detail to remember is that it’s essential not to lose focus, start rambling and shouting at everyone around you, both after the incident and in court.