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Possession of Marijuana Charge Reduced in Chesterfield

Possession of Marijuana Charge Reduced in Chesterfield

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.Samantha Upton

Samantha Upton represented a client charged with possession of marijuana in Chesterfield County. The client worked for the government, and had a security clearance that he could not lose.

Ms. Upton was able to have the charge reduced from a possession of marijuana charge to a possession of drug paraphernalia. This allowed the client to avoid a suspension of his driver’s license, as well as keep his security clearance intact. The client was required to do some community service and to pay a small fine and court costs.

First offense possession of marijuana can result in up to 30 days in jail, a fine and a mandatory six-month suspension of a your driver’s license.

If you have been charged with Possession of Marijuana in Virginia, it is important that you contact an attorney that understands Virginia’s traffic laws and can guide you accordingly. John Weiland, Samantha Upton, and Nick Wright of Weiland Upton, Attorneys at Law focus their practice on defending clients charged with serious offenses.

Chesterfield Charge Reduced to Non-Moving Violation

Chesterfield Charge Reduced to Non-Moving Violation

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.

Samantha Upton represented a client that was charged with Failure to Obey a Highway sign for going 81 mph in a 60 mph zone. The client had high-level security clearances, and needed help resolving his case.

Ms. Upton was able to appear on her client’s behalf, and have the charge reduced to a non-moving violation. This reduction in charge prevented points being added to the client’s driving record, and helped protect his security clearances.

If you have been charged with Failure to Obey a Highway Sign in Chesterfield Virginia, it is important that you contact an attorney that understands Virginia’s traffic laws and can guide you accordingly. John Weiland and Samantha Upton of Weiland Upton, 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.

Chesterfield County Va Reckless Driving Reduced- 80 MPH in 55 Zone

Chesterfield County Va Reckless Driving Reduced- 80 MPH in 55 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 Virginia resident and veteran who was charged with Reckless Driving for going 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. This client was followed by an unmarked police vehicle, and pulled over once the speed limit had dropped to 55 mph.

Mr. Weiland was able to get the charge reduced to a Speeding ticket, which carries a lower fine and less points added to the driving record.

If you have been charged with Reckless Driving in Chester Virginia, it is important that you contact an attorney that understands Virginia’s traffic laws and can guide you accordingly. John Weiland and Samantha Upton of Weiland Upton, 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.

Virginia Reckless Driving Conviction Consquences

Chesterfield County Va 86 MPH Reckless Driving Charge Reduced

Chesterfield County Va 86 MPH Reckless Driving Charge Reduced

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.

Samantha Upton represented a gentleman charged with Reckless Driving in Chesterfield County for doing 86 mph in a 55 zone. When drivers are charged with doing 30 or more miles for per hour over the speed limit, these can be difficult to have reduced and oftentimes a jail sentence or license suspension is on the table.

Ms. Upton was able to convince the Judge to allow her client to complete a driver improvement course and have his charge reduced to a simple speeding ticket.

If you or someone you know has been charged with Reckless Driving in Chesterfield County VA, contact the law office of Weiland Upton at 804-355-8037

How Virginia Assesses Points on Your Driving Record

Speeding in Virginia? How many points is that?

Upon receiving a speeding ticket in Virginia, most drivers want to know how many points will be placed on their driving record. Virginia’s Uniform Demerit Point System can be a bit confusing. It is important for both in-state and out-of-state drivers to understand Virginia’s Uniform Demerit Point System.

All Virginia-licensed drivers and residents are subject to Virginia’s Uniform Demerit Point System. The Commonwealth’s demerit point system does not apply to out of state drivers. For example, a person, licensed in North Carolina, convicted of reckless driving eighty-eight (88) miles per hour in a sixty-five (65) mile-per-hour zone in Henrico County General District Court would be subject to North Carolina’s demerit point system, not Virginia’s. As a result, it is important for out-of-state drivers to contact their state’s department of motor vehicles to determine the applicable demerit points associated with their specific charge.

All Virginia drivers start with zero points on their driving records. Virginia licensed drivers receive one positive (+1) point for every year of good driving. In-state drivers may receive positive five (+5) points by voluntarily completing a defensive driving school. However, this can only be done once every two years. Five points are the maximum positive points permitted by law in the state. As a result, the best driver point balance in Virginia is +5 points.

There are three categories of negative point violations: three demerit point violations, four demerit point violations, and six demerit point violations. Examples of six demerit point violations are DUI, reckless driving by speed, speeding in excess of eighty miles per hour, speeding in excess of twenty miles per hour, and driving on a suspended license. For instance, a Virginia licensed driver or resident convicted of DUI would receive six negative points on their driving record. If a person is convicted of more than one demerit point violation with the same offense date, then that person is assessed demerit points for the highest demerit point violation. For example, a person convicted of DUI and speeding seventy-nine miles per hour in a seventy mile per hour zone in Chesterfield County General District Court would be assessed six negative demerit points for the DUI conviction. No demerit points would be assessed for the speeding conviction.

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There is no limit to the number of negative points a person may accumulate. A person who accumulates negative twelve demerit points in a twelve consecutive month period or negative twenty-four demerit points in an eighteen consecutive month period will be placed on probation. This probationary period lasts for six months. Any person convicted of a demerit point violation during the probationary period will have their license suspended for ninety days (six demerit point violations), sixty days (four demerit point violations), or forty-five days (three demerit point violations). For example, a person convicted of reckless driving by speed, who is on probation, will have their driver’s license suspended for ninety days because reckless driving by speed is a six demerit point violation. However, people suspended while on probation may be eligible to petition the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles for a restricted driver’s license.

A person who successfully makes it through the probationary period with no demerit point violations will, then, be placed on an eighteen month control period. A person who receives a demerit point violation during the control period will be placed back on a six month probationary period. Additionally, a person who violates probation will have their probation extended for an additional six months.

The best advice is to try to avoid being placed on probation. You should take even minor traffic infractions seriously because demerit points tend to sneak up on people. For example, a person with zero points who pays off three speeding tickets they received within the same year may be placed on probation. Experienced traffic attorneys, like the lawyers at Weiland Upton, know how to advise their clients to avoid the accumulation of demerit points from reckless driving and speeding tickets in Virginia.

Weiland Upton is a leading firm of Virginia Speeding Ticket Lawyers

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Speeding Ticket and DUI Checkpoints in Chesterfield, VA

Virginia Police Conducting Traffic Enforcement Campaign

DUI lawyers Chesterfield, VirginiaPolice are out in force this week in Chesterfield County, Virginia, issuing speeding tickets and catching drunk drivers.

The holiday weekend sees thousands of motorists pass through Chesterfield County’s roadways, especially through Interstate 95 and Route 288. Fourth of July celebrations also include alcohol and may increase the potential for drunk drivers on the streets.

In an effort to combat traffic violators, the Chesterfield County Police Department is participating in the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign. The enforcement campaign, which kicked off Tuesday night, will take place through the Fourth of July holiday and into the weekend. Motorists will see police checkpoints set up in various locations throughout the county. Police will be stopping motorists suspected of driving under the influence. County police are also targeting drivers who are speeding, running red lights and caught not wearing a seat-belt.

If you come across a police checkpoint in Chesterfield this week, slow down and obey the officer. While you may be worried about receiving a DUI charge, don’t make matters worse by eluding police or receiving other related charges. Virginia police are committed to keeping the roads and highways safe for everyone this week.

If you happen to receive a summons for court, on a traffic related charge, call our law firm. We are committed to assisting you with your Virginia speeding ticket or DUI.

Weiland Upton is a leading firm of Virginia Speeding Ticket and DWI Attorneys

Call (804) 355-8037 for a free consultation

 

Reckless Driving Accident on I-95 in Chesterfield, VA

Reckless Driving Crash in Chesterfield County, Virginia

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Scene of the reckless driving accident in Chesterfield County, VA

A man has been charged with reckless driving following an accident in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Robert M. Krill was charged with reckless driving after running a rented U-Haul truck into a vehicle stationed on the shoulder of Interstate 95, killing one man and shutting down I-95 southbound for hours.

Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 95 southbound at mile marker 64 in Chesterfield County, VA.

Steven Ridley, 35, of Richmond, VA had stopped his 2010 Chrysler 300 M on the right shoulder of the interstate and activated his hazard lights. He was in the process of changing a flat tire. Krill’s U-Haul truck ran off the right side of the interstate, hitting both Ridley and the Chrysler.

Ridley died at the scene. His 14-year-old son was also outside of the vehicle helping his father change the tire. He was uninjured. Ridley’s daughter was seated in the front passenger seat at the time of the accident and suffered minor injuries.

Krill was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries.

The Virginia State Police say the investigation is ongoing. They are working with the Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney to determine if they will press further charges against Krill.

Robert M. Krill is charged with reckless driving in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Weiland Upton is a leading firm of Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyers

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