Richmond Virginia Traffic and Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been charged in Richmond or Central Virginia with a traffic violation such as reckless Driving or a DUI/DWI, or if you have been charged with a criminal offense, it is essential that you hire an experienced Richmond VA attorney. The consequences of a conviction for reckless driving or a DUI or any other criminal offense can be far reaching. In addition, the range of punishment can vary dramatically and is often dependent upon the skill, experience and effort of the lawyer for the accused. I have over 19 years of legal experience and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. I represent people charged with speeding, reckless driving and/or a DUI/DWI and other criminal charges every day in the Richmond, Virginia metropolitan area and the surrounding counties and cities of Central Virginia.
Reckless Driving by Speed
In Virginia, reckless driving is a criminal offense. It is not your garden variety traffic ticket that can be pre-paid 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 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.
As a practical matter, 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 your insurance carrier could drop you. However, it is often possible, under appropriate circumstances, to have a reckless driving charge reduced to a non-criminal 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.
It is common knowledge that a DUI is a serious offense and it is essential to hire an effective and experienced advocate when you are charged with one. I am an experienced and successful Richmond, Virginia DUI attorney. Not all criminal defense and traffic attorneys are good DUI attorneys. An effective DUI attorney must understand the legal, medical and scientific issues that are involved in DUI cases and use that knowledge to achieve the best results possible. Because the penalties for a DUI are severe, the decision as to who is your attorney is a critical one.
If you have been charged with a DUI/DWI in the Richmond, Virginia metropolitan area, call 804-355-0016 for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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 at least a 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 at least 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.
Experienced and Effective
I have been practicing law for over 19 years. My Richmond, Virginia law practice specializes in traffic and criminal cases. I handle all traffic offenses and most criminal offenses. I am a member of the Criminal Law section of the Virginia State Bar, the Criminal Law section of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the National Motorist Association and the Better Business Bureau. My mission is to provide exceptional, personal service for a reasonable fee, while focusing on achieving the best possible case results.
I am in court nearly every day in the Richmond, Virginia metropolitan area representing people that have been charged with traffic and criminal offenses in the City of Richmond and the surrounding counties and cities of Central Virginia such as Hanover County, Caroline County, Dinwiddie County, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, the City of Colonial Heights, the City of Petersburg, the City of Hopewell, Prince George County and New Kent County. Because I am familiar with handling these kinds of cases and the specific local jurisdictions, I am able to effectively advise my clients what to expect from the judicial system for their particular offense and help them navigate through it.
Courtroom Experience Is Critical
Contact Standish Alexander, a seasoned and effective Richmond VA traffic and criminal attorney.
An Attorney To Guide You Through the Legal Process
Many of my clients are first time offenders who are unfamiliar with the legal process. I thoroughly explain to my clients the legal procedures involved with their cases and guide them through the process. Based on my knowledge and experience with local jurisdictions, I am able to help my clients anticipate the likely hurdles, typical results and best defenses for their type of case.
Contact my Richmond, Virginia law office for a free confidential phone or INTERNET consultation. Call my office at 804-355-0016 or my cell phone at 804-814-1489. I return most calls or e-mails within 24 hours. E-mail me for a free INTERNET consultation at email@example.com
Eighteen 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
Contact Standish Alexander, Esq.
804-355-0016, or my cell phone at 804-814-1489. Fax number 804-355-2302.