Frequently Asked Questions About Traffic Violations
While some people downplay the severity of traffic violations, Virginia is notoriously strict with regards to its driving laws. Because of this, when you’re facing a ticket it’s important to understand all implications that come with accepting a guilty verdict. Reach out to Robert T. Dearborn Law Office to learn about your options after a traffic ticket.
Answers For Common Traffic Questions
Here are a few questions you may have about traffic violations:
How will a traffic ticket affect my insurance?
While it depends on the infraction, almost all traffic violations come with a hefty increase to insurance premiums. For example, if you pay an annual premium of $842 (Virginia’s average yearly premium) and you get a failure to yield ticket, your premium could go up 21% (an extra $177 per year). Even minor tickets can lead to an extra $100-$200 in insurance fees every year.
Should I plead guilty and pay a fine?
It can be tempting to simply admit guilt and pay a fine to get the process over with, but it’s not always the wisest course of action. Some infractions carry much greater consequences than an expensive fine. By talking with an attorney first, you can be confident you’re making the best decision.
What if I don’t pay my ticket?
Generally, traffic ticket fees are usually due within the deposition of your case. If you refuse to pay these fees, you may face a suspension of your privilege to drive. Ignoring a ticket won’t make it go away.
How many points is a speeding ticket worth in Virginia?
Depending on how fast you were going, a speeding ticket can be worth either three, four or six points.
- Any infraction up to 10 mph over the speed limit will take three points from your driving record.
- Speeding at 10-19 mph over the speed limit is worth four points off your record.
- Any speeding ticket of 20-plus mph will be worth six points off your record and will likely result in a reckless driving charge, which is a misdemeanor.
Of course, mitigating factors can stack points (for example, if you run a stop sign while speeding).
Can I go to jail for a traffic violation?
While it may seem extreme, jail time for a reckless driving ticket is possible in Virginia. Depending on the severity of the infraction, guilty pleas can come with mandatory jail time attached on top of an expensive fine and even possible license suspensions.
Will a ticket in Virginia affect my insurance if I don’t live there?
Unfortunately for anyone facing traffic violations, they don’t stop at state lines. Your insurance rates will likely rise even if you live in a different state. Furthermore, any points you’ve accrued on your license will also probably transfer over to your home state.
Individualized Help For All Traffic Issues
When you’re weighing your options after a traffic citation, it’s important to have all the information. I can help you determine whether your ticket’s worth fighting and what happens if you don’t. Don’t downplay the importance of a driving infraction, both short and long term; contact me today at 703-350-4804 or email me to get started.