Stafford, VA asked in Traffic Tickets for Virginia

Q: I got a ticket the other day for failure to obey highway sign. What can I do to not have that on my record?

24 years old and a clean record

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Jennifer Quezada Castillo

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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Richmond, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: It depends on the facts of your case and which code section you were charged under.

If you were charged under 46.2-830, and the facts of your case permit it, it would be best to seek a reduction to 46.2-830.1 in order to avoid assessing the demerit points on your driver's license. If however, the officer wrote the ticket as a way to avoid giving you a speeding ticket, and depending on the speed you were going, it might be best to pay the ticket.

If you were charged under 46.2-830.1, you will not be assessing any demerit points on your driver's license.

Depending on other facts in your case (i.e. sign not visible, damaged, improperly posted, etc), there may be other arguments that you can make.

You always have the option of appearing in court, pleading no contest, and ask for leniency given your clean record. Good luck!

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Daniel P Leavitt

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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Midlothian, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Failure to obey a highway sign does have demerit points so if you can get it reduced that is best. Moving violations frequently result in an insurance increase. You can hire an attorney who is familiar with that court to get it reduced in most cases. Every judge/court I know will reduce a moving violation for you or dismiss it with driving school if you have a clean driving record.

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