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How Does Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Affect My Traffic Case?

How Does Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Affect My Traffic Case In Virginia?Virgina Driving Cases and Covid 19

The current outbreak of the Covid-19 virus (or Coronavirus) is a pandemic that has now infected every country in the world. Every sector of the economy, and almost every aspect of normal life, has been altered. We here at The Weiland Firm, PLC, PLC – Attorneys at Law have spent the past couple of weeks fielding questions from both our current clients and potential new clients about what effect this unprecedented situation means for each individual’s case.

The Coronavirus has upended Virginia’s criminal justice system. Many courthouses handle several hundred matters every day. The hallways are generally packed with defendants, witnesses, police officers, lawyers, and loved ones. It is no wonder the VA Supreme Court announced on March 19 that courts would essentially be shut down for almost all traffic and criminal cases until April 6. On Friday March 27, the Court extended this hiatus until April 26. All cases during this time (except for certain urgent matters) would be continued to a future date. Governor Northam announced on Monday March 31, that a statewide Stay at Home Order would be in effect until June 10, with a possibility of a Class 1 Misdemeanor charge for those found to be in violation.

With the current uncertainty surrounding the outbreak, and how long state-wide quarantines will last, it is no wonder many clients have questions regarding their upcoming court dates. I hope to alleviate some of that stress and uncertainty here.

First and foremost, all current clients will have the status of their cases monitored by our attorneys and support staff. If the case is continued due to the outbreak, we will track the case until is eventually disposed of. In some situations, we have been able to negotiate favorable outcomes, using the court closures as grounds for these otherwise impossible results.

If your case is a more serious criminal matter, and you have an upcoming arraignment, we can contact the court and determine whether your appearance can be waived until the eventual trial date so as to not needlessly expose you to the possibility of contracting the virus. Our attorneys can also determine whether our clients need to be present at all for any of their upcoming court dates.

For cases where community service has been recommended (or required by the judge), there are legitimate concerns about completing these hours during these times of quarantine. The attorneys at this firm will be sure to argue to the judge the difficulty (if not impossibility) of completing these hours due to the outbreak. This is a scenario no one could have predicted, and judges are meant to be fair and just arbiters in the courtroom. We will fight to make sure every client has the chance of receiving equal justice.

There are many cases where driving school has either been recommended by our attorneys, or has been required by the judge. Our firm can recommend both an 8-hour driver improvement course, as well as a 12-hour aggressive driver improvement course, both of which can be completed online. This allows our clients to complete the necessary court-approved courses, while not having to leave the comfort (and safety) of the their homes.

If you are charged with a serious traffic matter or criminal case, call The Weiland Firm, PLC, PLC – Attorneys at Law at 804-355-8037 and we will be happy to give you a free consultation, as well as answer any further questions you may have about how Covid-19 affects your case.

Reckless Driving charge reduced in Hopewell 85 MPH in a 70 MPH zone

Reckless Driving charge reduced in Hopewell 85 MPH in a 70 MPH zone

THE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY THE LAWYER. THE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.

John Weiland represented a client charged with Reckless Driving for speeding Hopewell Va85 MPH in a 70 MPH zone in Hopewell County, Va. The client was a resident of Maryland and would have a difficult time appearing in court. On the trial date, Mr. Weiland was not only able to get the client’s appearance at trial waived but convinced the judge to reduce the Reckless Driving charge to Defective Equipment, a non-moving, no-points violation.

This reduction allowed the client to avoid the 6-points in Virginia and Class 1 Misdemeanor conviction associated with a Reckless Driving charge. The client only needed to pay a small fine and court costs.

If you have been charged with Reckless Driving in Hopewell Virginia, it is important that you contact an attorney that understands Virginia’s traffic laws and can guide you accordingly. John Weiland, The Weiland Firm, and Nick Wright of The Weiland Firm, PLC, Attorneys at Law focus their practice on defending clients charged with serious traffic offenses, such as Reckless Driving and DUI, and are ready to help you win your case.

Reckless Driving charge reduced in Mecklenburg County VA 83 MPH in a 70 MPH zone

Reckless Driving charge reduced in Mecklenburg County VA 83 MPH in a 70 MPH zone

THE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY THE LAWYER. THE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.

The Weiland Firm represented a client charged with Reckless Driving for speeding in excess of 80 MPH in Mecklenburg County, Va. He was a resident of Connecticut and would have a difficult time appearing in court. On the trial date, The Attorney was able to get the client’s appearance at trial waived and convinced the judge to reduce the Reckless Driving charge to Defective Equipment, following the completion of a Defensive Driving class. This reduction allowed the client to avoid the 6-points and Class 1 Misdemeanor associated with a Reckless Driving charge. The client only needed to complete the class, pay a fine and court costs.

If you have been charged with Reckless Driving in Mecklenburg Virginia, it is important that you contact an attorney that understands Virginia’s traffic laws and can guide you accordingly. John Weiland and Nick Wright of The Weiland Firm, PLC, Attorneys at Law focus their practice on defending clients charged with serious traffic offenses, such as Reckless Driving and DUI, and are ready to help you win your case.

Speeding charge reduced to Defective Equipment in Emporia County, Va

Speeding charge reduced to Defective Equipment in Emporia County, Va

THE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY THE LAWYER. THE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.

Nick Wright Reckless Driving LawyerNick Wright represented a client charged with Speeding as he was clocked driving 72 MPH in a 60 MPH zone in Emporia, Va. The client was a resident of North Carolina and would have a difficult time appearing in court and was Greensville County / Emporia Virgnia Courthouselooking at both license points and insurance points. On the trial date, Mr. Wright was not only able to get the client’s appearance at trial waived but convinced the judge to reduce the Speeding charge to Defective Equipment, a non-moving, no-points violation. The client only needed to pay a small fine and court costs and avoided both license points and insurance points.

If you have been charged with Speeding/Reckless Driving in Emporia Virginia, it is important that you contact an attorney that understands Virginia’s traffic laws and can guide you accordingly. John Weiland, The Weiland Firm, and Nick Wright of The Weiland Firm, PLC, Attorneys at Law focus their practice on defending clients charged with serious traffic offenses, such as Speeding/Reckless Driving and DUI, and are ready to help you win your case.

Reckless Driving charge dismissed in Caroline County 84 MPH in a 55 MPH zone

Out of State Driver Reckless Driving charge dismissed in Caroline County 84 MPH in a 55 MPH zone

THE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY THE LAWYER. THE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.

John Weiland represented a client charged with Reckless Driving for speeding 84 MPH in a 55 MPH zone in Caroline County, Va. The client, a Maryland resident, had multiple speeding tickets on his record within the last 5 years. Caronline County VaOn the trial date, Mr. Weiland was able to get the client’s appearance at trial waived and convinced the judge to dismiss the Reckless Driving charge even though the speed was much faster than what is normally allowed in this jurisdiction for a dismissal. The client only needed to complete a Defensive Driving class and pay court costs.


If you have been charged with Reckless Driving in Caroline Virginia, it is important that you contact an attorney that understands Virginia’s traffic laws and can guide you accordingly. John Weiland, The Weiland Firm, and Nick Wright of The Weiland Firm, PLC, Attorneys at Law focus their practice on defending clients charged with serious traffic offenses, such as Reckless Driving and DUI, and are ready to help you win your case.

Reckless Driving charge reduced to Defective Equipment in Prince George County Va

Reckless Driving charge reduced to Defective Equipment in Prince George County Va

THE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY THE LAWYER. THE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.

The Weiland Firm represented a client charged with Reckless Driving for speeding 86 MPH in a 65 MPH zone in Prince George County, Va. The client was licensed to drive in Maryland and had received another traffic infraction Prince George County Vawithin the past 5 years. On the trial date, our attorny was able to get the client’s appearance at trial waived and convinced the judge to reduce the Reckless Driving charge to Defective Equipment, a no-points, non-moving violation. This reduction allowed the client to avoid the Class 1 Misdemeanor associated with the Reckless Driving charge. The client only needed to pay a small fine and court costs.

If you have been charged with Reckless Driving in Prince George Virginia, it is important that you contact an attorney that understands Virginia’s traffic laws and can guide you accordingly. John Weiland and Nick Wright of The Weiland Firm, PLC, Attorneys at Law focus their practice on defending clients charged with serious traffic offenses, such as Reckless Driving and DUI, and are ready to help you win your case.

Reckless Driving charge 30+ MPH in Henrico County Va– Dismissed!

Reckless Driving charge 30+ MPH in Henrico County Va– Dismissed!

THE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY THE LAWYER. THE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.

Nick Wright Reckless Driving LawyerNick Wright represented a client charged with Reckless Driving for speeding 85 MPH in a 55 MPH zone in Henrico County, Va. The client already had a speeding ticket on his record within the last 5 years. On the trial date, Mr. Henrico County Va Court MapWright was able to appear on the client’s behalf and convinced the judge to dismiss the Reckless Driving charge even though the speed was much faster than what is normally allowed in this jurisdiction for a dismissal. The client only needed to complete a Defensive Driving class and pay court costs.

If you have been charged with Reckless Driving in Henrico Virginia, it is important that you contact an attorney that understands Virginia’s traffic laws and can guide you accordingly. John Weiland, The Weiland Firm, and Nick Wright of The Weiland Firm, PLC, Attorneys at Law focus their practice on defending clients charged with serious traffic offenses, such as Reckless Driving and DUI, and are ready to help you win your case.