Q: A friend got a speeding ticket in 2005 in Madison county.
A friend got a speeding ticket in 2005 in Madison county. A website that reports convictions says "83/55" and "guilty in absentia." Is this a matter that needs representation? Can she just call up Virginia a pay a fine, or can the matter still be pleaded down to an infraction (something less than a misdemeanor)?
A: No, unfortunately in the General District Courts of Virginia you only have ten calendar days to post an appeal or up to 60 days to file a Motion for Reconsideration. The GDC courts generally destroy paper records after ten years. In my opinion, she has very little recourse after 13 years. She should contact the court to pay the fine and court costs and then reinstate her privilege to drive with the Virginia DMV (her right to drive here will more than likely be suspended for non-payment of the court fines).
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