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Q: Failure to pay full-time and attention. How can the officer prove this ticket?

I was issued this ticket after a car crash and I was absolutely paying attention. I intend to fight this in trial and I wanted to see how the officer (state) can prove this if they weren't on the scene.

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Mar 12, 2020

These type of cases are usually proven by witness testimony. You are correct that an officer would not typically be able to prove the case if they are not present. I would speak to a local attorney to see how your jurisdiction handles these matters.

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Q: What should I do If I received an HOV ticket for something I did not do?

I was driving on 66 West during rush hour and I was on the 3rd lane (NEXT to HOV) there was a mustang next to me who slowed down and moved behind me when he saw an officer but the officer pulled me over saying that I’m the one who was on HOV. I was never on HOV that day and I explained that to... Read more »

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Mar 12, 2020

You should get advice for counsel in your area. Perhaps they can help you obtain any traffic cam from in that area in order to prove your innocence if the officer is mistaken.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: If I got reckless not a DUI but I wasn't coherent and think I got drugged should I use that in court?

I'm in VA and was at a party the night before the accident and I dont really remember any of it up to the point of the charge. They did sobriety tests on me and it wasn't because of alcohol. I'm pretty sure someone roofied me.

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Mar 12, 2020

I would make a meeting with a local attorney. Whether or not you were under the influence of an un-administered intoxicant will be up to you to show to the court and what evidence you can show of that fact - not just your assumption or speculation. There may be other ways local counsel can help... Read more »

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Q: I recently received a ticket for speeding on the highway and I was going 73 on a 55 MPH. It says the wrong race?

I was going to work and was speeding on I-66 East and was going 73 to pass a car in front of me and the officer pulled me over since it was a 55 MPH highway. He gave me a ticket with a court date for the end of April. After reviewing it, I noticed that the race entered is "white" when I am a black... Read more »

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Mar 12, 2020

You should expect at least four points for a violation of speeding that is above 10mph over but less that 20mph over. Most people here will not be able to tell you how this will affect your insurance as this is usually thought to be outside the realm of "legal" advise. It will more than likely be... Read more »

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Q: Got first DWI in VA on felony probation. was told id be violated. been 3 months and nothing. do i have to be convicted?
Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Mar 12, 2020

You do not have to be convicted but sometimes this is the way that the probation officer will do it as long as you have let them know about the arrest. You are technically not in violation until you are convicted if the arrest is reported to probation as well.

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Q: pulled over, cop chase's passenger who ran. how long am I supposed to sit there and wait for cop not being under arrest?

I got pulled over in va my passenger ran, cop chased passenger, i sit there a few minutes and left because I wasn't under arrest. Is this illegal? How long am I suppose to stay there on a busy highway evening hour traffic? What does the law say in Virginia? They issued warrants for me and arrested... Read more »

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

You can't leave. However don't make any statements to the police as they may have identification issues etc if the passenger ran and they aren't able to identify you.

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Q: I received a summons for court for not having my tags registered. I have since corrected the issue.

What is expected of me when I go in?

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Jan 8, 2020

More than likely you will need to bring in your registration of your vehicle to show the vehicle is properly registered. The court will require you to show that to the officer and could dismiss your charges. They could also dismiss it as having complied with the law which may require you to only... Read more »

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Q: I cant pay my ticket, cop gave me the paper with payment info, marked box. But cant pay it online?

80 in 70. Got ticket and another paper marking how much 6.00 every mile over. But I dont have the option to pay this. Should I go to courthouse in person?

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Jan 3, 2020

You more than likely have been charged with Reckless Driving which is a class one misdemeanor that can end up with jail time of up to a year. 80 miles per hour is reckless driving not speeding. That is probably why there is no online payment option. You will need to appear in court. I would... Read more »

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Q: In the Commonwealth of Virginia, if a school bus is in motion and is approaching with the red lights flashing, and the

stop-arm has only been extended at approximately 15 degrees, on a divided highway with no barrier, is it a violation of sec 46.2-844

to pass in the opposite direction

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Dec 30, 2019

The bus has to be stopped read the statue. They must be alleging the bus was actually stopped.

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Q: I lived in MD some ten years ago and has MD driving license. I have lived in another country since then.

And recently got a ticket for failure to update Licence while I had a short stay with family in VA. I was just in US for less than 3 weeks .

Andrew Stewart
Andrew Stewart answered on Dec 18, 2019

You are required to update your license within 60 days of moving to Virginia. If you plan on remaining in Virginia you should obtain a Virginia license. If not, then you should get an updated license from your new state of residence.

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Q: If the attorney don't show up on a court date for a reckless driving in VA, who will be at fault ?

I may or may not be able to appear on the court date and have retained an attorney. But want to know the consequences of the attorney does not show up on the court date for any reason.

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Dec 17, 2019

Your lawyer should advise you if you need to appear in court or not. Since courts require your presence even with a lawyer. Get it in writing from your lawyer on whether you need to appear or not.

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Q: Is it possible to get my speeding ticket dismissed due to missing information?

I recieved a speeding ticket today for doing 76 in a 60. Officer left case number blank and made me sign the white copy after he already ripped the carbon copy off and gave it to me; so neither copy had a case number and my copy doesnt have a signature. Is this cause for dismissal?

Other... Read more »

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Nov 27, 2019

If you hire a lawyer they might be able to help get it reduced or dismissed.

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Q: Could i get out of a ticket if the officer put the wrong color car on the ticket?

Because I got pulled over for doing a 61/45 and i wasn’t doing 61 I was using the Waze app to track my speed and in the app it said I wasn’t doing it and he claim I was flying pass this car right beside me. So i asked him are you sure i was speeding? So he said yes so i said do you have any... Read more »

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Nov 19, 2019

Give it a try and see you never know.

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Q: What are my chances?

Maryland driver here. Got pulled over in Marion VA for reckless driving going 102 in 70 for about 5 seconds trying to get around a cluster of slow drivers (they were going about 55-60). Clean record otherwise though theres some speeding tickets from cams on my vehicle. Wondering about the chances... Read more »

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Nov 17, 2019

Every court is different at that speed. Talk to a traffic lawyer in the location you got the ticket. Where I practice some judges give you the chance to do 100 hours of community service to stay out of jail and avoid a license suspension. Other judges you are going to jail for 1-30 days no matter... Read more »

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Q: What will happen on my second speeding ticket as a minor?

I got a speeding ticket 5 months ago and the judge said if I didn't get another one, did a driving class, and did community service, the charges would be dropped. I just got another ticket before the 6 months are up.

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Nov 12, 2019

Unfortunately, since the judge cut you a break, its likely you will be found guilty on the original ticket and perhaps the new one. I would take your tickets to a lawyer and get some advice from someone who is local to you and has more insight on the particular judges. Lots of lawyers do free... Read more »

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Q: My speeding case is missing from the published court list for the day; what should I do?

I am a tourist visiting the US and got an 80/70 ticket in the hire car. The officer misread my papers and issued the summons entering my middle name as my surname, my real surname not appearing at all.

The court list for the hearing day has been published on the VA Courts website, and my... Read more »

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Oct 12, 2019

The courts add names to the docket everyday. If you ignore it you do so to your peril.

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Q: Is it possible to be able to resolve a speeding ticket from Virginia because I study and live in florida?

My speeding ticket is in Virginia, the police man says I was above 101 mph and give me a court date saying that i must attend. However, I live in Florida and I am an international student and cannot skip classes. Thus, what is the ways of solving my problems with attending the court if it's because... Read more »

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Sep 17, 2019

101 mph is not a speeding ticket, it is a criminal misdemeanor. And yes, most courts both require your presence in court and give some jail time for driving at such a high rate of speed. In some courts you may be able to work off the jail time. If you do not show up, most courts and judges I know... Read more »

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Q: Is it IMPROPER STOPPING ON A HIGHWAY VALID IF THE SAID HIGHWAY WAS A BLVD IN COLONIAL HEIGHTS VIRGINIA SHOPPING AREA.

I pulled over on SOUTH BLVD AT 11 PM DUE TO A CAR MALFUNCTION

DIRECTLY NEAR A CURB AND MY HAZZARDS WERE ON, IN COLONIAL HEIGHTS VA..

THE OFFICER SAID THAT IT WAS AN IMPROPER STOP ON A HIGHWAY..

PLEASE HELP

Paula Hough
Paula Hough answered on Aug 5, 2019

Yes- according to Virginia code § 46.2-100:

"Highway" means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way or place open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel in the Commonwealth, including the streets and alleys, and, for law-enforcement purposes, (i) the...
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Q: My speeding ticket says my fine is $61 dollars in total, but paying online shows i owe $125. Is there something wrong?

Also my copy of my speeding ticket doesnt have a signature.

Paula Hough
Paula Hough answered on Jun 11, 2019

The additional fees are for court costs.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Virginia on
Q: Can I get my license suspended if I received one speeding ticket this year, one in 2018 and two in 2017 ?
Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Jun 1, 2019

It depends on your age and prior driving record. If you're licensed in Virginia and 20 or older it doesn't sound like it would get suspended. The court can suspend if it's reckless driving by speed though.

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