Serving Lebanon and the surrounding communities, including Stone Bruise, Pondtown, Purcell, Jessees Mill, Cleveland, Castlewood, New Garden, Abingdon, Marion, Bristol, and throughout Southwest Virginia.
Located in the rolling hills of Clinch Mountain, Lebanon serves as the county seat for Russell County and is home to over 3,500 residents. Like in most states, many local drivers and visitors regard speeding as a relatively minor traffic offense. Many of us have received a speeding ticket at some point in our lives, and most are accustomed to simply paying a fine, hoping to quickly move on.
However, regulations are drastically different in the Old Dominion State, as Virginia treats excessive speeding violations seriously. Most individuals will not be able to get off with just a fine; instead, they may face points on their driving record, a license suspension, costly fines, and, potentially, a permanent criminal record and even jail time.
Speeding Can Be Reckless Driving
If a driver is ticketed for going 20 mph or more over the applicable speed limit, or if they are ticketed for going more than 85 mph, their ticket is actually for reckless driving – not speeding. Reckless driving is a criminal offense in Virginia, and, if you plead guilty (such as by paying your ticket), this will be permanently reflected on your record (as Virginia does not allow expungement).
Get Your Free Consult and Let Us Fight for YOU!
As an experienced speeding ticket lawyer, firm founding attorney Mark Hurt is committed to helping clients get the best result possible for clients who have received speeding, reckless driving, or other traffic tickets. If you’ve received a ticket, we invite you to call our firm and take advantage of our free consultation to learn about your options for contesting your ticket and how we can help.
While we can never guaranty a successful outcome, Mark Hurt has a solid record of obtaining favorable outcomes for clients. So before you pay your ticket (which is an admission of guilt), we encourage you to call us.
How Much Does an Experienced Lebanon Traffic Lawyer Cost?
We offer an affordable fixed fee for traffic ticket representation, meaning that you will know at the outset how much representation will cost. Our fee will not increase even if you choose to take your case to trial.
We accept credit cards, and in most cases, we can appear in court on behalf of our clients, so you will not even need to take time off of work or travel to the courthouse.
About Lebanon, VA Speeding Ticket Lawyer Mark Hurt
Attorney Mark Hurt is a native of Southwest Virginia who obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree (with honors) from Duke University School of Law. Before returning to the Tri-Cities, Mark gained invaluable experienced practicing in top litigation firms in Dallas, Texas and Washington DC. He has also argued twice before the nation’s highest court, the United States Supreme Court (a distinguishment that less than 1% of all attorneys experience).
The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Lebanon Traffic Citation Lawyer.
Speeding is Considered a Serious Offense in Virginia
Tickets can often result in severe penalties, including increased insurance rates that may not immediately be calculable. Not only can those convicted end up paying substantial monetary fines, but they might also face a permanent misdemeanor or felony criminal record if ticketed for reckless driving.
In Lebanon, the total cost of a speeding ticket depends on how fast an individual is driving and whether the speeding takes place in a school zone, work zone, residential zone, or another restricted area. Typically, a speeding fine increases $8 for each mile driven over the speed limit. Further, Virginia often penalizes drivers 1 – 6 demerit points, potentially resulting in a license suspension or revocation.
Whether you are a Virginia resident or an out-of-state driver, it is advisable to consult with an experienced Lebanon, VA speeding ticket lawyer if you received a citation. Even if you were speeding, it may be possible to get your charges reduced or dismissed.
Learn from an Experienced Lebanon Speeding Ticket Lawyer.
When you hire The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, you will be working with an attorney with over 25 years of legal experience, who has represented countless clients in traffic ticket matters. This experience is highly beneficial, as he may be able to provide unique insights into challenging an officer’s observations and subjective conclusions.
Don’t Admit Guilt. Seek a Better Outcome from High Penalties and Fines.
According to Virginia Law, speeding tickets cost on average between $350 to $400 (including taxes and other fees). If you violate the speed limit in a school zone or drive over 85 mph, the penalty could be much higher. If you have a relatively clean driving record, we may be able to argue for alternative or lesser penalties which will not be considered a criminal offense.
Reduce the Demerit Points on Your Driving Record.
The word “point” usually refers to something positive unless it is referring to a driving record. Most drivers do not think of it this way, but paying a traffic fine equates to admitting guilt to the government. This admission often means that an individual will incur points on his or her license, which can result in serious financial and other ramifications.
If you are facing demerit points on your driving record, the one-time fine may be the least of your worries. Points often lead to increased car insurance rates. In general, receiving just one speeding ticket can raise insurance rates by 10 – 15 percent. Therefore, we highly recommend fighting to keep your driving record clean. Firm-founding attorney Mark Hurt has a successful track record for obtaining reduced charges and dismissals in traffic cases. Do not chance tarnishing your driving record – please reach out to us to schedule a free consultation.
Don’t Want to Appear in Court? Your Virginia Traffic Lawyer Can Represent You at Trial.
Appearing in court can be inconvenient and disruptive to a person’s schedule. However, as a Lebanon traffic lawyer, Mark Hurt can usually appear in court on behalf of clients without their needing to be present. If this is the case for your ticket, you won’t have to take time off work or drive from out-of-town.
Call Our Office to Schedule a Free Consultation!
Why admit guilt when you have every right to fight for a better outcome? Especially when challenging a charge can potentially save thousands of dollars from higher insurance rates, points on a driving record, and the potential of a permanent criminal conviction (for reckless driving charges).
Contact us today to learn how we may be able to help with your case!
Frankie was the best. She helped me mentally, lawfully, she communicates and I appreciate her. I would never ever contact anyone else other than her if I’m ever in a situation in VA and if this law firm can cross state lines I would pay them! I felt so secure and safe! Thanks so much!