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Old 07-07-2014, 09:23 AM   #1
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Reckless summons, near Monterey, VA. Advice?

I was riding 219/250 from Elkins, WV, to Staunton, VA, on Friday. A VA state patrol radared me at 75 in a 55 and wrote me up for the full amount. Which means Reckless Driving and a summons to appear in court in Monterey, VA, later in August.

I'm new to VA, so I have real clue about how this works here. I do have my VA driver license. Can any of you guys with some experience in this area give me any suggestions?

Should I get a lawyer? If so, suggestions on who?

Should I just show up in court and beg for mercy (i.e. reduced to a simple speeding charge and go to driving school)?

Should I call the county clerk of court and request to write a letter to the judge, then plead no contest and ask for reduction to speeding, instead of trying to appear in person?

Should I try to fight it? If so, suggestions on specifics of doing that?

Any and all suggestions are welcome and appreciated!
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:30 AM   #2
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I got a ticket for "reckless" in my truck a few years ago (Prince William County) that was not speed related. I had a squeaky clean record with maximum good points. I spent about $1000 for an attorney that I found in the yellow pages. Local with a really big ad. She was cute as a button and sweet talked the trooper and prosecutor into dropping the charge if I successfully attended Driver Improvement Training school. Blew a weekend at the school and sent the certificate to my lawyer and it was like the whole thing never happened. I'm not sure I would have been able to successfully negotiate the "deal" that my lawyer did. Good luck.

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Old 07-07-2014, 09:49 AM   #3
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I'd do an internet search on speeding ticket & Monterey, VA. The state revenuers down there are rather infamous. I'd probably opt for a local lawyer to take care of it so I wouldn't have to go down and appear. Since you were right at the limit for reckless they should be able to get you down to regular speeding.

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