If you been charged with a serious traffic violation such as reckless driving or a DUI/DWI, or a criminal offense it is an important to hire the best attorney you can find. A conviction for a serious traffic violation or a criminal offense can have significant long term consequences. Even a conviction for simple speeding should be avoided if at all possible.
I have been practicing law for over 21 years and I appear daily in the courts of Richmond and Central Virginia defending individuals charged with traffic and/or criminal offenses. At Alexander Law Office, P.C., we strive to provide cost-effective service with superior results.
At Alexander Law Office we believe that the traits you should look for in choosing an attorney are: reputation and experience, relationships and familiarity and, lastly, results and value.
Reputation and Experience
I have over 21 years of experience as a trial lawyer. Everyday I represent people charged with speeding, reckless driving, DUI/DWI or criminal charges. My firm has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and a rating of Superb - 10.0/10.0 on AVVO.com.
I have also been recognized nationally by The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America and The National Advocacy for DUI Defense.
Contact my Richmond, Virginia law office for a free, confidential and honest case evaluation by phone or email. Call my office at 804-355-0016 or my cell phone at 804-814-1489 or email me at email@example.com
Relationships and Familiarity
I have been practicing law for decades in the jurisdictions surrounding the Richmond, VA metropolitan area. I have developed strong relationships with the judges, prosecutors, clerks and law enforcement officers in these localities, and I know what to expect with your case and what needs to be done to achieve the best possible outcome.
Results and Value
My Richmond, Virginia law office specializes in traffic, DUI and criminal cases. I handle all traffic offenses and most criminal offenses. My mission is to provide reasonably priced exceptional service. My goal is to achieve the best possible case results.
Contact Standish Alexander, a seasoned and effective Richmond, VA traffic, DUI and criminal defense attorney.
It's Not Just a Speeding Ticket ... Reckless Driving By Speed in VA
In Virginia, reckless driving is a criminal offense. It is not your garden variety traffic ticket that can be prepaid prior to court with minimal consequences. You can be charged with reckless driving in Virginia at any speed over 80 mph or more than 20 mph over the speed limit. In a 70 mph speed zone, 81 mph is reckless driving. Reckless Driving is a Class 1 Misdemeanor which means that upon conviction there is the (unlikely) possibility of a maximum jail sentence of up to 12 months, a license suspension of up to six months and a fine of up to $2500.
Most Judges in Richmond and Central Virginia will not impose a jail sentence or a license suspension unless the defendant was driving at least 90 mph or at least 30 mph over the speed limit. Nevertheless, if you are convicted of reckless driving in Virginia, it will become a permanent part of your criminal record, your insurance costs could dramatically increase and/or your insurance carrier could drop you. However, it is often possible, in many cases, to have a reckless driving charge reduced to a noncriminal offense such as simple speeding or even dismissed. In addition, if you have been charged with reckless driving and you live in another state or several hours from the courthouse, a lawyer can often appear on your behalf and you can avoid the inconvenience of an out-of-town court appearance.
DUI/DWI - Don't Let the Unthinkable Become the Inevitable
A DUI is a serious offense and it is essential to hire the best attorney you can find. Not all criminal defense and traffic attorneys are good DUI attorneys. The best DUI attorneys understand the legal, medical and scientific issues that are involved in DUI cases and use that knowledge to achieve the best possible results. Because the penalties and consequences of a DUI are severe, the decision as to which attorney you hire is a critical one.
Consequences of a DUI/DWI in Virginia
DUI 1st: The penalties for a first offense DWI in Virginia include a maximum fine of up to $2,500, imprisonment for up to 12 months (all of which can be suspended), and a one-year suspension of the person's driving privileges (with eligibility for a 12 month restricted license if ignition interlock is installed for at least six months). However, if the blood alcohol concentration of the defendant at the time of testing was between 0.15 to 0.20, there is a 5-day mandatory minimum sentence of incarceration that cannot be suspended. If the blood alcohol concentration was greater than 0.20, there is an additional mandatory minimum sentence of 10 days of incarceration that cannot be suspended.
DUI 2nd: The penalties for a second offense DUI conviction in Virginia within a 5-year period include a mandatory minimum fine of $500, imprisonment for up to 12 months with a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 20 days that cannot be suspended, and a three year license suspension with no eligibility for a restricted license for one year. The penalties for a second offense DUI within a 5 to 10 year period include a mandatory minimum fine of $500, a 10 day jail sentence that cannot be suspended, and a three year license suspension with no eligibility for a restricted license for four months. However, in either case, if the person's blood alcohol concentration was between 0.15 to 0.20, the penalties, in addition to what has been previously stated, include an additional mandatory minimum jail sentence of 10 days. If the level is above 0.20, there is an additional 20 days of mandatory incarceration.
DUI 3rd: The penalty for a third Virginia DUI conviction within 10 years includes a term of imprisonment of one to five years and a maximum fine of $2,500, with a mandatory minimum incarceration of 90 days. If the three convictions were within five years, the mandatory minimum incarceration period increases to six months. A third DUI conviction within a 10-year period also results in an "indefinite" revocation of the person's driving privileges.
A conviction is NOT inevitable!
Do not assume that you will be convicted as charged! More often than not, with many of my criminal and traffic cases, that is not the case. Contact my Richmond, Virginia law office for a free and confidential phone or INTERNET consultation. Call my office at 804-355-0016 or my cell phone at 804-814-1489 or email me for a free case evaluation at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Google+.
21 years of Experience, Thousands of Cases
You can expect personalized and exceptional representation at reasonable rates from my office in areas such as:
- Traffic Violations
- Driver's License Suspension
- Underage Drinking
- Criminal Defense
- Drug Offenses
- Student Crimes
- Personal Injury
- CDL Drivers
- License Restoration