Speeding ticket

While traveling on business I recieved a speeding ticket doing 83 in a 70 in Virginia and its classifed wreckless driving.  I live in the state of Alabama. I have no problem paying the ticket but i can write on the ticket nolo contendere and not sign the ticket where it is for waiver of trial (plea of guilty) or do i sign this at part as well?


Asked over 8 years ago in Virginia
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Kristina Beavers

Answer by Kristina Beavers

VerifiedVirginia lawyer


Reckless Driving is more than a speeding ticket in Virginia.  It is classified as a class 1 misdemeanor and can carry a maximum penalty of a $2500 fine and up to 12 months in jail. 
I have never seen a reckless driving summons that has the box marked saying that you do not have to appear in court, so you really can't just sign the ticket and send it in.  Also, since there is a possibility of jail time, the court does not really accept the plea on the ticket.  If you want to double check what I have said, you can look at the court website and see if there is a possibility of paying the fine online.  I generally use google to look at 'Virginia case information' then go to the site for 'General District Court' chose the correct jurisdiction and enter your name in the name search box for the traffic/criminal search.  That should get you to the correct information on your particular ticket.
I suggest that you contact a traffic lawyer in the jurisdition where the ticket will be heard so he or she can give you a better read on what the judge in that jurisdiction requires.

Posted over 8 years ago

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