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  • Reckless Driving/ No License in VA Virginia

    Hey, Im posting on behalf of a friend who recently got into a bit of trouble. She was driving in Rockingham county, VA when she was was pull over after being clocked at 83mph in a 55mph zone. The other problem was that she had only a learners permit, which she has had for about a year, and no one in the car with her. She was given two tickets, one for driving without a license and one for the reckless driving. Her court date is not until March 13. What are her options and what would you all recommend as far as get a lawyer or not getting one? Also any ideas about what to expect in the end?
    What can she do?
    Please help


  • #2
    If she is under 18

    If she is a minor, unless she gets a good lawyer that can reduce the offence (not likely) she can expect to loose her driving privlages untill she is 21, these two tickets together prove her unsuitable for the right to drive.
    What is veiwed is not always what is seen and
    what is heard is not always what is spoken!
    ~M. Noitall~


    • #3
      she is 18 and will be 19 in march. make any difference?


      • #4
        March 13th???

        Once you have a trial date, you need to be aware that the Constitution guarantees
        “a fair and speedy trial.” Typically, a “speedy trial” is accepted to be 45 days
        from the date of arraignment (date which you enter your plea). It is important to
        monitor this time line very carefully. If the prosecution or the court contact you
        about changing your trial date you will have to waive your right to a speedy
        trial. The only advantage to waiving this right is that the longer the trial date is
        from the actual citation date, the better the odds are that the officer won’t be able
        to remember the details.
        On the other hand, there are several disadvantages to not waiving your right to a
        speedy trial. The court can now assign any date for the trial it deems appropriate
        within the 45-day time frame. This date might pose a real schedule problem for
        you and could force you into forfeiting your bail and the entire trial. In addition,
        the case details are likely fresher in the officer’s mind and you have the added
        pressure of getting ready for the trial at a faster pace. If you are not ready for
        your trial in 30 days you will not be ready in 60 days. As for the officer, you best
        hope is the officer not appearing at all. His notes are the main source of his
        memory since he likely wrote several citations on the same day your citation was
        issued. The bottom line is do not waive you right to a speedy trial.