Interstate 81 crosses into Virginia from Tennessee at the City of Bristol, Virginia. A spur from I-81, I-381, goes directly into the City. Although there are not many miles of Interstate in Bristol, VA, the Virginia State Police and the Bristol City police stay busy issuing speeding tickets to drivers passing through the city limits.
For those drivers ticketed going 81 mph or more, they have been charged with reckless driving. Virginia has perhaps the harshest reckless driving penalties in the country for an offense based solely on excessive speed. Possible penalties for reckless driving in Virginia are unbelievable: a criminal misdemeanor conviction that creates a permanent criminal record; a fine of up to $2500; 6 demerit points on your driving record; a 6 month license suspension; and up to 12 months in jail.
As a recent GEICO commercial highlighted, Bristol is actually two cities – Bristol, VA and Bristol TN, divided by the state line. I was born and raised in Bristol and have lived in both Bristol TN and Bristol VA.
Traffic tickets issued in Bristol VA are tried in the Bristol Virginia General District Court. I am very familiar with the two judges who adjudicate the speeding and reckless driving in Bristol, VA, and the factors that they consider in resolving the tickets and the penalties they impose. The Bristol, Virginia Police Chief was a fellow student in my high school class.
I have been successful for my clients in having most speeding and reckless driving tickets reduced or even dismissed in the Bristol traffic court.
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My law office at 100 5th Street in Bristol, Tennessee is a 10-minute walk from the Bristol, Virginia traffic court, where I regularly appear.
If you are ticketed in the City of Bristol, Virginia for speeding or reckless driving, it could be a huge mistake to simply pay the fine. Before you do, call me, Mark Hurt, first for a free consultation to discuss your options. Depending on your circumstances, your best option might be to let me fight to get your ticket reduced or dismissed and to keep your driving record clean and your car insurance rates low.