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CDL Driver’s Speeding Ticket Reduced in Greensville

CDL Driver’s Speeding Ticket Reduced in Greensville


Nick Wright represented a client charged with a speeding ticket for driving 70 mph in a 55 mph zone in Greensville County. The client was a resident of Texas, and has a recent speeding ticket on his driving record. The client also had a commercial driver’s license, which he needed for his job.

Mr. Wright was able to have the speeding ticket reduced to a Defective Equipment charge, which is a no points, non-moving violation. The client was able to keep his commercial driver’s license intact, and only needed to pay a small fine and court costs.

Greensville County / Emporia Virgnia Courthouse

If you have been charged with Reckless Driving 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 traffic offenses, such as Reckless Driving and DUI, and are ready to help you win your case.

Henrico County Va Ticket Reduced to Non-moving Violation

Henrico County Va Ticket Reduced to Non-moving Violation


Nick Wright represented a client charged with a speeding ticket for driving 54 mph in a 35 mph zone in Henrico County.

Hnerico County VaOn the trial date, Mr. Wright appeared in court on the client’s behalf. The charge was reduced to non-moving violation that added no points to the client’s driving record.



If you have been charged with Reckless Driving 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 traffic offenses, such as Reckless Driving and DUI, and are ready to help you win your case.

Sussex County Va Speeding Charge Reduced

Sussex County Va Speeding Charge Reduced



Samantha Upton represented a client charged with Speeding for driving 52 mph in a 35 mph zone though Waverly, Virginia in Sussex County. After consulting with the client, Ms. Upton advised her to get a speedometer calibration and was able to have the charge reduced to a non-moving, no-points violation. The client avoided a moving violation and any consequences with their insurance without having to appear in Court.

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

Learning Where Not to Speed Around Richmond Va

You know the feeling. You’ve been driving along, aware that you were going over the speed limit but sure that you would never be caught. Then you see the flashing blue lights.

Virginia Speeding Ticket Attorneys

Sometimes you’re just in a hurry. Sometimes you’re just not paying attention. Sometimes you need answer the call of nature.

But speeding is always illegal and law enforcement in Virginia doesn’t plan to let you forget that.

Law enforcement officers are out there to enforce the speed limit and to increase highway safety. They more than anyone know the dangers of high speed driving.

A 2014 study by the Institute for Highway Safety-Highway Loss Data Institute showed that four states had posted speed limits as high as 80 mph. At least 38 states have speed limits of 70 mph or higher on some portion of their roadways. In 2010, Virginia raised the highway speed limit to 70 mph.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says that speed related deaths account for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities each year with a toll of nearly 10,000 lives.

Also in 2014 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated the cost of crashes involving vehicles going over the speed limit or too fast for road conditions cost around $59 billion in 2010. That averages out to $191 for every person in the U.S.

According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, Virginia ranks 7th in the Top 10 “driving citation states.” Virginia is tied with Illinois for having the highest speeding fines in the nation. And in Virginia, reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Still, drivers like to speed. There’s always the attitude that you won’t be the one to get caught. Until you are. It’s also true that you’re likely to find yourself facing a speeding fine in some areas of Virginia more than others.

Take a look at where tickets have most often been reported in the Richmond metro region.

In Chesterfield County, law enforcement noted the following over a nine month period.

  • 124 tickets were given out in the 6000 block of Hopkins Road near Hopkins Elementary. The regular speed limit of 45 drops to 25 in the school zone.
  • 72 tickets were written in the 13400 block of Hull Street Road near Commonwealth Center Shopping Center. If you want to get to the movie on time, leave earlier.
  • 66 tickets were written in the 12700 block of Robious Road near Salisbury.

In Henrico County from June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 the following areas were the three most ticketed.

  • 775 tickets were written on Parham Road at the Willey Bridge. It’s a nice bridge, but there’s a speed limit. Slow down and enjoy the view of the dam.
  • 447 violations were cited on Hungary Road at Royerton Drive
  • Not far from Laburnum Avenue, 443 tickets were handed out on Mechanicsville Turnpike at Springdale Road.

And in the City of Richmond over the past 12 months:

  • 345 speeding tickets were given out in the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike near George Wythe High School.
  • 198 tickets were given out in the 700 block of South Belvidere Street near VCU.
  • In the 1500 block of Commerce Road, 135 tickets were issued.

Elsewhere in the state, The Staunton News Leader says that Virginia State Police numbers in the area show that between 2010 and 2014 troopers wrote 23,506 speeding tickets. Those numbers don’t include citations for reckless driving, which is often speed-related.

South of Richmond the stretch of I-295 has been such a revenue generator for the City of Hopewell that the General Assembly took action in the 2015 Session. The area running along the western side of the town has been dubbed the “million dollar mile” because revenue from tickets reached almost $2 million annually.

According to Martha Meade with AAA Mid-Atlantic it was clear to AAA and “to a majority of legislators that the problem Hopewell is trying to solve with police is a financial one, not a safety issue.”

An amendment to the state budget reduced the financial incentive for the Hopewell and other localities hoping to curb the incentive to write an excessive amount of tickets. The new formula lowers the threshold for determining whether local fine collections are excessive. Localities will be required to remit more of that money to the Literary Fund. The new formula went into effect on July 1.

Still if you’re traveling on I-295 outside of Hopewell or anywhere else in the Commonwealth, it’s probably a good idea to obey the speed limit.

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6 Reasons a Lawyer Should Fight Your Ticket

6 Reasons a Lawyer Should Fight Your Ticket

Getting a traffic ticket is not a fun experience, but most people have gotten one or more in their lifetime. While most people just pay the ticket and move on, it may be worth it to hire a traffic lawyer to fight your ticket. Many people get tickets when they don’t necessarily deserve them. For example, maybe you got a speeding ticket when you were just keeping up with the flow of traffic. Perhaps you got a parking ticket for backing into a parking space when the sign was not posted anywhere. Whether the ticket was your fault or not, you have a great chance of having the ticket removed from your record if you fight it. However, you likely don’t know the best way to go about fighting your traffic ticket, so it’s a good idea to have a lawyer fight it for you. Nine out of ten people will just pay the ticket whether it was their fault or not, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be one of those people. Having traffic tickets can increase your insurance rates, lead to hefty fines, and affect your driving record. As you can see, it may well be worth it to have a lawyer fight for you to try to get your ticket dismissed. There are a few different ways that having a lawyer on your side can help you.

Virginia Speeding Ticket Attorneys1.       They Know How to Get Out of It

When you get a traffic ticket, your first instinct isn’t likely how to find a mistake on the ticket or how to prove that you didn’t do whatever the ticket said that you did. However, a lawyer will know how to find the things that the average person can’t find. They can find errors that not many people will notice, and if there is an error or mistake on your ticket, then it will almost certainly be dismissed. These errors will likely be missed by most people fighting by themselves to have their traffic ticket dismissed, so you can benefit greatly from having a lawyer that knows what technicalities they can use to help you get out of your ticket.

2.      Traffic Lawyers Can Get Your Ticket Reduced

Let’s say that there are no mistakes on your traffic ticket, and it turns out that there is no way for you to get out of your traffic ticket. Hopefully it won’t come to this, but there are times where you have to take responsibility for whatever it is you did. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to pay the entire fine. Your lawyer will likely be able to negotiate and get a lower fine, which can make a huge difference in how much you pay. They may be able to use your good driving record as a reason for why your ticket should be reduced, or they might find another reason that convinces the judge that reducing your ticket is a good idea. This is something you likely won’t be able to do on your own.

3.      Traffic Attorneys Fight for Your Rights

You most likely don’t know what rights you have as a driver in the state of Virginia. However, your lawyer knows just about everything there is to know when it comes to traffic law. They know how to argue for you and they know how to fight for your rights. In addition to knowing they will fight for your rights, it’s nice to know that you have somebody that understands the law fully on your side. This will greatly increase your chances of having your ticket reduced or dismissed altogether.

4.       It’s Probably Less Expensive Than You Think

When most people hear the word “lawyer”, they usually think of something that’s way too expensive for them to even consider. While this may be true for some lawyers, most traffic lawyers have quite reasonable rates. After all, what would the point be in hiring a lawyer if their fees are more expensive than your ticket would be? Because of this, most traffic lawyers charge low rates for their clients. Fighting a traffic ticket takes a lot less time than handling a murder case. In fact, many traffic lawyers are able to handle dozens and sometimes even hundreds of cases in one day. This is part of the reason it’s not typically expensive to hire a traffic lawyer. When you consider that in addition to getting your ticket reduced or dismissed they can get it removed from your record, you will likely see how hiring a lawyer is very well worth it.

5.       Prosecutors are More Intimidated by Experienced Traffic Lawyers

People who represent themselves likely aren’t going to scare the prosecutors. It’s pretty understandable, considering that most people aren’t going to fight very hard since they don’t really know how to fight. This is why most people who represent themselves typically have higher fines and harsher penalties. As soon as a lawyer shows up, however, prosecutors realize that the defendant can’t be bullied by them. They recognize that the lawyer knows what they are doing, so they are much more likely to give in, which means that you are a lot less likely to have to pay the ticket.

6.       It Can Change the Judge’s View of You

It makes sense that people who are innocent are likely to be innocent. Most people who know they have done what the tickets says they did are either going to pay the ticket, or show up to court in hopes that the police officer doesn’t show up. However, if you are so invested in your case that you bring a lawyer into it, the court is going to be more likely to believe that you are innocent. Because of this, having a lawyer on your side may make the judge more likely to rule in your favor, regardless of whether or not you are guilty.

As you can see, there are many benefits to having a lawyer on your side. Even if you think you are guilty of the ticket, it doesn’t hurt to see if you can get your ticket reduced or perhaps dismissed because of an error on the ticket. Hiring a lawyer is likely cheaper than paying the ticket itself, so you don’t have much to lose.

Weiland Upton is a leading firm of Virginia reckless driving lawyers.

Call (804) 355-8037 for a free consultation

Dangers of Speeding While Driving Infographic

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The dangers of speeding are certainly well known to most drivers, either by getting a ticket for speeding from law enforcement or being part of an accident due to reckless driving or even having a loved one be a victim of excessive speeding. This infographic provides statistics about speeding, including how often speeding results in a fatality, how much does speeding actually cost and what are the main reasons that people speed. In the end, any reason a driver gives for speeding will never be worth the potential costs.

Speeding Dangers Infographic by Chucker & Reibach

Sobering Statistics & Fact about Speeding:

  • Speeding occurs in 33% of all fatal crashes.  
  •  Driving to fast also the third leading contributing factor in traffic crashes.

Why drivers speed (Source: Focus on Safety: A Practical Guide to Automated Traffic Enforcement):

  • They’re in a rush
  • They’re not paying attention to their driving
  • They just don’t think the laws apply to them
  • They don’t think their driving is dangerous
  • They don’t think they will get caught speeding

Speeding costs you:

  •  In 1896, Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent UK, became the first person to be convicted of speeding. His fine was 1 shilling plus costs.
  • Drive slower and save at the pump: Every 5mph over 60mph, you pay an extra .24 per gallon of gas (www.safeny.ny.gov and their source  www.fueleconomy.gov)
  • A speeding ticket can cost $150 to more than $1,000 (www.safeny.ny.gov)
  • In the U.S.A., people paid more than $6B in speeding fines. (http://www.ask.com/questions-about/Average-Cost-of-a-Speeding-Ticket)
  • Keep your license: A speeding violation will add points and your license can be suspended. (www.safeny.ny.gov)

Speeding facts:

  • 13,000 lives lost each year due to speeding
  • Crashes where speed is an issue cost society more than $40 billion annually (NHTSA)
  • Think it pays to speed? In the U.S.A. it costs society more than $76,000 for every minute you gain by speeding
  • Slow down in that school zone: many do not comply with a lower speed limit

Speeding may lead to more risky behavior

Who’s most at risk?

39% male drivers, age 15 -20 were speeding at the time of their fatal vehicle crash (NHTSA)

Where people speed: Hint: Its not always the highways

  • 47% on roads 50mph or less
  • more than 20% on roads 35mph or less (NHTSA 2006 fatality data)

According to the NHTSA, a crash is speeding related if the driver was charged with a speeding related offense, or if the police officer indicates that racing or driving too fast conditions, or the driver has exceed the posted speed limit which contributed to the crash.


  •  http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/DriverSafety/Pages/Speeding.aspx
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_limit
  • http://www.safeny.ny.gov/spee-ndx.htm
  • http://www.ask.com/questions-about/Average-Cost-of-a-Speeding-Ticket

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Guest Blog: New York Residents with VA Traffic Tickets

Virginia and Out-of-State Traffic Tickets

If you have a New York driver’s license and receive a Virginia traffic ticket, you are not off the hook just yet.

Virginia Speeding Ticket Attorneys

If convicted of a NY traffic offense and you are a VA driver, you will have to deal with:

  • The conviction being placed on your driving record
  • Points being placed on your record
  • The hassle of paying fines
  • Steep insurance hikes
  • Possible suspension
  • Possible revocation

Remember, New York and Virginia are members of the Driver’s License Compact, so they freely share driver information with one another. How can this be?

This means receiving a VA traffic ticket while having a NY license will lead to NY being notified about the ticket you received and vice versa for a ticket received in NY for a VA license holder.

What Can a Traffic Ticket Attorney Do for Me?

Face it: no one wants to travel all the way back to the state they just happened to pass through simply to fight their traffic tickets.

Hiring an attorney allows you to stay at home while your traffic ticket attorney fights for you.

Additionally, your lawyer understands the system better than anyone else, knows how to negotiate with the prosecutor in a way that will get you what you want, and can almost always get you a better deal than if you represented yourself.

Many people wrongly think that the cost of a traffic ticket attorney is simply too much. In reality, this could not be farther from the truth.

If you plead guilty, you might avoid travel costs, but the increase in your insurance and the associated fines will likely be well more than the cost of hiring an attorney.

If you fight the ticket yourself, you have to deal with administrative hurdles, may have to travel back to the state, and will be fighting a battle without the best weapons or ammunition.

Rules of the Road for Virginians

In Virginia, demerit points will usually be assessed against your VA driver’s license.

Essentially, as long as Virginia recognizes the traffic offense you committed in New York, you will receive points on your VA license for it.

Moreover, those points will go toward suspensions and revocations even though the offense was committed in a state other than Virginia.

Consequently, it pays to hire an experienced traffic ticket attorney who can get your traffic ticket reduced to an offense that Virginia would not put points on your license for.

Many times, your traffic ticket attorney will already have a relationship with the prosecutors and it might be easier than you may think to have a favorable plea negotiated for.

How a VA Driver Could Lose His Driving Privileges in NY

If you are an out-of-state driver and accrue 11 points or more, you will lose your New York driving privileges.

This accumulation of 11 points will be determined based on the New York point system, not your home state’s point system.

Therefore, if you are caught speeding 41 miles over the posted speed limit or get cited twice for speeding 21-30 miles over the limit, you will no longer be allowed to drive in the State of New York for a specified duration of time.

Remember, your driver’s license will not be suspended by your home state and NY does not have the authority to suspend an out-of-state driver’s license.

However, since VA and NY are both members of the Driver’s License Compact, VA will honor the “suspension” of your New York driving privileges even though it will not take away your ability to drive elsewhere.

Author Bio

Adam H. Rosenblum of ticketdefenselaw.com  is a traffic ticket attorney licensed to practice in both New York and New Jersey.