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Q: Will I get in further trouble for updating my license(out of state after moving) after receiving a ticket in Va?

If I go to the DMV and update my license, will I receive further penalty due to my current speeding ticket having my address down as from another state? I have lived in VA past 60 days without updating, but it has not yet expired.

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Sep 29, 2021

you shouldn't have any issues

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Q: What should I do? Update my license, pay my ticket first? If I update my license, will I possibly get in trouble?

My issue: I am living in VA, I have lived here for 2-3 years. I have a MO license, I got it there when I had turned 18. I had not updated it, as I was not aware I needed to. I have held it for 1 year while living in VA. Just recently, I got a speeding ticket for going 79/55. It was not reckless... Read more »

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Sep 29, 2021

You most certainly have a duty to update your license. There are limited exceptions for military/students but the law generally is you must update it within 60 days of moving here. Hire a lawyer to get the case in Virginia reduced or dismissed. That will help with points. But definitely fix the... Read more »

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Q: If I represent myself on traffic charge and found guilty can I ask for an apeal to get a lawyer ?
Paula Hough
Paula Hough answered on Jul 27, 2021

Yes. You have 10 days from the date of your conviction to appeal your case to the Circuit Court. You can hire an attorney to represent you on that new court date.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Traffic Tickets, Wrongful Death and Contracts for Virginia on
Q: My mom was killed in an accident in which the other driver got the failure to yield ticket his ins wants 2 settle for $

BUT he isn’t @ fault & we have to pay the medical bills

We don’t want that

Communication btwn lawyer & family is not working

What can we do

Jan F Hoen
Jan F Hoen answered on Jul 10, 2021

If you have an attorney already, it would be best to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns in person with them.

If you do not have one yet, I would recommend retaining someone experienced with personal injury.

My firm’s website also has helpful tips on what to do...
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Q: Is Virginia 46.2-830.1 considered a moving violation? I understand there's no points assessed, but just want to be sure.
Paula Hough
Paula Hough answered on Jul 9, 2021

No points are assessed by the Virginia DMV for a violation of 46.2-830.1.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Virginia on
Q: Am I going to go to jail? Please help!

I got caught doing 90 in a 70 in hopewell va. I am currently taking a driving class so I can take it to court is this Smart. I have +4 on my driving record and printed out my dmv record which has no tickets on it. I am also hiring a local lawyer to help me as well. I am freaking out I plan on... Read more »

Paula Hough
Paula Hough answered on Jun 8, 2021

It is smart to do the driving school. At that speed, if you were to hire a local attorney, you would not need to appear in court (the attorney could go on your behalf). The charge is a criminal misdemeanor, so you should hire an attorney, or at least seek legal advice. I strongly believe that an... Read more »

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Q: I got a speeding ticket in March.31 and now its june 1. The court date is in june 15. Can i still pay the ticket now?

How many day can I wait after getting speeding ticket? Am I gonna get extra charged?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Jun 1, 2021

There should be information on your ticket which details when you can pay---I certainly assume that you can still pay now. That said, I would recommend that you contact a traffic ticket lawyer or 2 in the area/jurisdiction where the ticket was issued and find out whether or not they think you can... Read more »

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Q: I am top of my class in high school and just had gotten my first offense traffic ticket. I need help with options.

I recently turned 18 and am about to graduate from high school with my associate's degree and a traditional high school diploma. I have received a speeding ticket for 59 mph in a 45-mph zone. The ticket says that it was due to a stationary radar. After doing some research on these radars, I... Read more »

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on May 29, 2021

Hire a lawyer to go to court for you they will know what to do. You look like you're getting bad information on the internet. Call someone who regularly practices in the court where your case is.

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Q: I received ticket for speeding and it is over 20 MPH. Officer told me that he marked it as a speeding not reckless

I received ticket for speeding and it is over 20 MPH. Officer told me that he marked it as a speeding not as a reckless driving. But still if you get ticket with over 20MPH it is going to be 6 points. I checked my driving record and it shows +3point. I don't understand how it shows +3 if I... Read more »

Faraji A. Rosenthall
Faraji A. Rosenthall answered on Apr 4, 2021

The ticket will not impact your record until after court.

When you initially get a license you have a 0 point balance. You get positive points for every year you have a license. Your +3 could be because you haven't had a license long enough to get 5 positive points.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Virginia on
Q: 46.2-835 but the described charge is 52/35 is the ticket invalid?

The described charge is speeding 52 in 35, or is it just a speeding ticket then with the wrong Law section?

Gary D. Godman
Gary D. Godman answered on Mar 25, 2021

Sounds like the officer may have accidentally filled in the wrong code section. As you likely noticed, 46.2-835 references turning right on a red light. Keep your court date as the judge is likely to allow the officer to verbally amend the error in open court. Contact a traffic attorney to look... Read more »

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Q: How should I request a dismissal through driving school or a deferral for a traffic ticket in Virginia?

I got a speeding citation for driving 37 in a 25 MPH zone in Virginia. My only other ticket was in April 2019 and it was out of state (84 in 65 MPH zone). I did take a defensive driving class in June 2018 for a ticket dismissal.

In my circumstance, should I request the court/judge for a... Read more »

Gary D. Godman
Gary D. Godman answered on Mar 25, 2021

If you took a driving class for a dismissal less than 5 years ago, many judges will not give you the option again. Speak with a traffic attorney in your specific jurisdiction to see if there is any extra info you can give that might help your chances of a reduction or dismissal.

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Q: Virginia code 46.2-715. Display of license plates.

I live in Virginia and am buying a car from a state that did not require front license plates. There are no brackets or holes to mount a plate. Do I need to "alter" the car to accommodate a front plate or is their a provision for this situation?

Paula Hough
Paula Hough answered on Mar 10, 2021

Short answer: Yes. Virginia law requires front tags.

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Q: I got a paper ticket back in January, but when I log into the counties website to pay the ticket I dont see it. Am i off

The ticket was issued in Norfolk, VA and when I log into the website to pay the ticket I do not see the ticket. Am I off scotch free or what? If I am not off scotch free then why is it not in the system and how do I pay it?

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Feb 23, 2021

No.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Virginia on
Q: I had received reckless by speeding ticket. 98/70 This happened in VA. Is there a way I can push my court date up?

I want to request a later date due so I can afford representation

Faraji A. Rosenthall
Faraji A. Rosenthall answered on Jan 17, 2021

Yes, court dates can be adjusted to allow time for you to save up to afford a lawyer. Depending on the county, jail time or suspended jail time may be a possibility. If that's the case then the court would have to appoint a lawyer to handle your case for little or no cost to you. Regardless,... Read more »

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Q: I was issued a summons for failure to obey highway sign, I was going 49 in a 35, and I am wondering if I should prepay.

I don’t feel like I was going 49 since I was driving with my cruise control at 40. I don’t know if I should just prepay this and take the hit or go through with the summons the officer gave me.

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Jan 18, 2021

It sounds as if the officer was trying to cut you a break instead of writing you for speeding. It depends on the code section he/she used. No one here can tell you what's in your best interest without knowing more about you such as your driving record but even then it would ultimately be... Read more »

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Q: Is the officer allowed to make an addendum to my summons before i take the stand?

The officer wrote II in the law section on the summons instead of the number 2. The two previous people before me had the same offense that i had (wreckless driving) but had their cases dismissed due to the this error. The judge then told the officer that he could make an addendum to my summons... Read more »

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Jan 6, 2021

Most judges I know wouldn't dismiss for writing roman numerals vs. the actual number. The judge allowed it and I don't see that you have any remedy beyond appeal which may or may not be a good idea.

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Q: Was pulled over in Virginia. As reckless driving. However, officer put wrong make of car.Color and license plate match

Was stated a laser caught me going 58 in a 25. However, he put I was driving a Chevy and I was driving a dodge. The color , year, and plate is accurate. Will this get thrown out, due to incorrect information?

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Dec 23, 2020

No.

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Q: Is a reckless driving ticket considered an arrest? If so, is the arrest submitted on your criminal record (NCIC)?

Would also like to know if the charge is reported in national federal

searches if you’re not convicted of the charge? Does the charge show up on a global entry background search?

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Nov 10, 2020

I don't know that anyone here could answer this concretely for you. Government background searches are the most in depth. If you weren't convicted, it more than likely won't show as a ticket (summons) is not considered an arrest. Prior arrests do show on background check but these... Read more »

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Q: My question is, if my name is spelled wrong on the warrant, are there any legal grounds to have it thrown out?
Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Oct 29, 2020

Usually no, especially if your license number is correct and the name is close. But if the license number on the ticket comes back to Tiffany Johnson and the name on the ticket is Michael Smith then you've got a potential defense.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: Reckless driving failure to maintain control ticket in Middlesex, VA. What should I do before/expect from JDR court?

I'm 16 and got my license like 3 weeks ago. Was following a cousin down a road i didnt know, speeding ~10/15 over limit and took a turn too fast and crashed. No one was hurt, car was totaled, and sherriffs said they wouldn't have written me up for it but had to call a state trooper (i... Read more »

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Oct 25, 2020

You should have a lawyer represent you to help get it dismissed. Driving school goes both ways. Some judges get mad if you do it before and some don't want the reason as voluntary. A lawyer who goes to that particular court will know the local rules. A good lawyer will know there is a... Read more »

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