You should never go to court without a lawyer, even for what you believe is a minor traffic infraction. There are traffic infractions that are actually criminal offenses and, if you are convicted, they will not only appear on your driving record but they will appear on your criminal record as well. A criminal record also appears in the FBI database (a national system). A conviction of one of these infractions could have major life consequences. Some of those offenses include:
No auto insurance
Failure to update your license
Failure to obtain a Virginia license
Driving under the influence
Hit and run
Driving with an open container of alcohol
Driving on a suspended license
Driving without a license
Reckless driving (passing a school bus)
Reckless driving (failure to maintain proper control)
Reckless driving (speeding)
Reckless driving (general)
Reckless driving (faulty breaks)
Reckless driving (pass two abreast)
For traffic infractions that are not criminal, there are still serious consequences such as fines and court costs, potential rate increase on auto insurance, and negative impact on your driving record.
If you are convicted or a traffic infraction, it will appear on your driving record, In Virginia, the amount of time that the conviction remains on your driving record ranges from 3 to 11 years. In addition, Virginia drivers are assigned demerit points for traffic infractions. Those demerit points could accumulate and result in a loss of your driver's license.
If you are on probation for any other offense, even a minor traffic ticket could have serious consequences on your probation.
Ms. Clay has represented many individuals for matters such as speeding, reckless driving, eluding the police, DUI and DUID (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs).
The consequences of a DUI or DUID conviction are life-altering. If convicted you face serious penalties, even for a first time offense, which include incarceration, loss of license, fines, fees and court costs, as well as the loss of your auto insurance or insurance rate increases. If you are convicted of a second or third DUI or DUID, the penalties are even more severe.
You must have a lawyer experience in this matter in order to obtain the best possible outcome.
Ms. Clay has been formally trained in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA)/International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Practitioner Course. This is the same training that police officers must have for making DUI and DUID arrests. With this training Ms. Clay is able to analyze a DUI case to look for any mistakes in the prosecution’s case in order to formulate a strong defense.