Speeding is one of the most common traffic violations in Northern Virginia. Generally, a speeding offense means you were driving faster than the posted speed limit for the street, road, or highway. Speed limits can vary depending one the area and the type of road you’re on. In most cases, speeding is a simple ticket, but when you drive too far over the speed limit, it can be considered reckless driving and become a crime.
It’s also important to know that even though speeding is a simple ticket, paying the fine is the same as pleading guilty and will result in demerit points on your license. Pleading guilty to speeding and paying the ticket also could affect you if you’re charged with another traffic offense in the future. Multiple infractions can increase penalties, and black marks on your driving history can affect your ability to work out future traffic charges.
If you already have points on your license, or want to preserve a clean driving record, it may be worthwhile to consult an experienced traffic defense lawyer before pleading guilty and paying a speeding ticket. An attorney may be able to spot defenses to your particular speeding ticket and get the infraction dismissed or your penalties reduced.
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Virginia has a number of statutes related to speed limits. The general statute is Virginia Code §46.2-870, which sets the speed limit for most interstate highways in Virginia at 55 mph for passenger vehicles and 45 mph for trucks, semis, or other large vehicles such as house trailers. One some highways the limit is as high as 70 mph for passenger vehicles.
Virginia Code §46.2-874 generally sets the maximum speed for streets other than large roads such as interstates and four-lane highways in business and residential districts at 25 mph. Virginia Code §46.2-875 sets the speed limit for highways in cities and towns at 35 mph, but gives municipalities discretion to set their own speed limits on roads they maintain.
Virginia Code §46.2-1300, gives cities, towns and counties the authority to decrease the speed limits in their jurisdictions.
Whether you are dealing with a speeding charge or a serious traffic offense that can put points on your driver’s license, you can depend on the defense lawyers at Ervin Kibria.