Roanoke, VA Traffic Lawyer for Speeding Tickets and Other Driving Infractions

Roanoke Speeding Ticket LawyerMinor traffic violations along Highways 581, 220 and 460 may seem inconsequential on the open road.  However, when those infractions accumulate, you could face heavy fines, points against your driver’s license, criminal consequences, or have your license suspended.

To protect your right to remain on the road, if you’ve been charged with speeding or another traffic infraction, we invite you to call firm founding attorney Mark Hurt.  With more than 30 years of practicing law, Mark is an experienced defense attorney and trial attorney who has tried cases before all Virginia state courts, as well as in federal trial and appellate courts (including the Supreme Court of the United States).

We offer a free consultation and a low fixed free for representation for traffic matters.  The amount of our fee differs depending upon your case, and it does not increase if you choose to take your matter to trial.  We accept credit card payments, and normally we can appear in court on your behalf, so you won’t need to drive to Roanoke if you live out-of-state, or have to take time off from work.

How Many Drivers are Stopped by Police Each Year?

Of the 223.3 million U.S. drivers, nearly 9% are stopped by police, each year.[1]  Of these incidents, the following are common reasons that citations are issued:

  • Speeding. Speeding tickets are among the most common types of traffic citations.
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol. The best way to avoid a DUI is simply not drinking and driving.  However, if you have been drinking or are under the influence of a substance, it is important to avoid the appearance of drinking and driving.  For instance, if you are going to rest in your vehicle so that you can sober up, make sure that you are in the backseat and that the key is not in the ignition.
  • Cell Phone Usage. Under Virginia Law,[2] you can be ticketed for texting while driving, reading an email, or even holding a phone in your hand, if you are within a highway work zone.  The penalty for a first offense for texting or reading while driving is $125 and, for a subsequent offense or if using a phone in a work zone, the penalty is $250.
  • Violating Rules of the Road. Not being aware of the law is not a defense to violating a traffic law.  It is important that you are aware of and abide by all rules of the road, to avoid an unintentional violation of a traffic law.
  • Violating a Vehicle Registration or Driver’s License Requirement. Vehicle registrations and driver’s licenses must be valid.  It is illegal to operate a car with an expired license or registration.  However, if you have extenuating, unavoidable circumstances that delayed your renewal, or you made good faith attempts to make the renewal but have been unable to do so through no fault of your own, make sure that you keep documentation of the attempts in your vehicle, in case you are pulled over by a police officer.
  • Failing to Wear a Seatbelt. Under Virginia Code section 46.2-1094, individuals over the age of 18 years of age occupying the front seat of a motor vehicle are required to wear a seatbelt.  Police are not allowed to stop and issue a ticket solely for not wearing a belt; however, if you are pulled over for violating another law, the police officer is then allowed to issue a citation for not wearing a seat belt in conjunction with the other violation.

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we are experienced in fighting traffic citations in Roanoke County.  Whether your traffic violation is classified as a felony, misdemeanor, or simply a moving or non-moving infraction, we accept cases of all different types.  Call our offices today to learn how we may be able to help with your traffic issue.

What Types of Traffic Violations Exist?

Virginia traffic violations are classified into three categories: felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions (moving and non-moving).  Penalties for traffic violations can range from a fine to a license suspension to incarceration, depending on the severity of the offense.

We represent clients in all types of cases, including:

Speeding Tickets

Roanoke roadways and highways are regularly congested with traffic; consequently, they are notorious for traffic stops by police.

Depending upon the circumstances of the incident in question, a speeding ticket may be charged under the following Virginia laws:

  • 2-862 Reckless Driving – Speeding
  • 2-870 General Speed Limits
  • 2-871 Maximum Speed Limit for School Buses
  • 2-872 Maximum Speed Limits for Vehicles Under Special Permits
  • 2-873 Speeding in a School Zone or at a School Crossing
  • 2-873.1 Maximum Speed Limit on Nonsurface-Treated Highways
  • 2-873.2 Maximum Speed Limit on Rural Rustic Roads
  • 2-874 Speeding in a Business or Residential District
  • 2-875 Maximum Speed Limit on Certain Other Highways
  • 2-877 Minimum Speed Limits (Impeding the Flow of Traffic)
  • 2-878 Authority to Change Speed Limits
  • 2-878.1 Maximum Speed Limits in Highway Work Zones; Penalty
  • 2-878.2 Maximum Speed Limits in Certain Residential Districts
  • 2-881 Special Speed Limitations on Bridges, Tunnels and Interstates
  • 2-947 Speeding Within Highway Safety Corridor

While no lawyer can guaranty a victory for a client, we have had significant experience in getting clients a much better outcome than if they had paid a speeding or other ticket and potentially had their insurance increased and points added to their record.  These outcomes include dismissal of charges and not guilty verdicts at trial.

Once you call our firm for a free consultation, we can explain how we can help you based upon the facts and circumstances of your case.

Driving with a Suspended License

Virginia Code section 46.2-301 makes it a misdemeanor to drive on a suspended license.  There are generally two ways in which a license can be suspended: through a legal violation or an administrative action.  Your license can be suspended through administrative action if you:

  • Fail to pay court fines within 30 days of a conviction
  • Are 90 days or more delinquent on child support payments
  • Fail to pass a mandatory driving improvement course
  • Flee from police for any reason
  • Are $5,000 behind on child support payments
  • Fail to provide proof of insurance to an officer, when asked.

If you are found to be driving on a suspended license, you can be sentenced to up to one year in jail and fined $2,500 for the first two offenses.  Additionally, your license may be suspended up to an additional 90 days.  If convicted of driving without a license for a third time, a mandatory penalty of 10 days in jail will be assessed.

Virginia Law provides for a lesser offense of driving after forfeiture of license, which has some overlap with driving with a suspended license.[3]  As such, prosecutors can choose under which code to prosecute a defendant.  In many suspended license cases, we take advantage of this lesser known offense and pursue a plea bargain to reduce our clients’ charges, as well as seeking other applicable strategies that may be prudent (such as seeking a dismissal or all charges).

Do the Benefits of Hiring a Roanoke Traffic Lawyer Outweigh the Costs?

Depending upon the severity of your traffic violation, the costs of hiring a knowledgeable traffic lawyer can greatly outweigh the costs.  The following are just a few of the benefits that can be realized by having an experienced attorney by your side:

  • Often, an attorney can handle your case without you having to appear. Depending on where you are located, this can save you time and the expense of traveling to court.
  • Attorneys can advocate on your behalf for lesser charges or penalties. Many individuals plead guilty to traffic violations, hoping that a judge will see their driving record and give them a break.  Unfortunately, this does not always occur.  As an experienced Roanoke traffic attorney, Mark Hurt is familiar with what various judges may be willing to do and can help make requests for leniency, based upon this knowledge.
  • As an experienced Virginia traffic lawyer who regularly appears in court, attorney Mark Hurt knows well the prosecutors, police, judges and other court personnel, and thus is familiar with how typical cases are adjudicated, and how juries often rule if a case goes to trial. This knowledge can be highly advantageous, as having this information can help in formulating the best strategy possible.

Our firm has been recognized for legal excellence and high ethical standards, and we have an established reputation for effectively representing clients accused of traffic violations.  When you become a client, firm founder Mark Hurt will personally put his three plus decades of experience to work for you.

Schedule a Free Consultation and Learn How We Can Help You! 

If you have been charged with committing a traffic violation, we can help.  Call us and learn how we will vigorously represent your rights and interests.


[1] Contacts Between Police and the Public, Bureau of Justice Statistics, www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cpp15_sum.pdf.

[2] VA Code § 46.2-1078.1.

[3] VA Code § 18.2-272.

What Our Clients Say

A very professional team who understands the stress of being in an accident. Our paralegal, Courtney Cormier, made us always feel as if things were being taken care of and it was nice to be worry free.
Kristina Murray
Kristina Murray
18:29 03 Mar 21
Diana Phipps
Diana Phipps
13:46 03 Mar 21
After my car accident, Mr. Hurt and his team worked very diligently to get me a fair settlement. Courtney Cormier, a paralegal on the team, was an invaluable asset to me. She always kept me informed of everything that was happening. I couldn't have had a better experience.
Caleb & Kristina Murray
Caleb & Kristina Murray
21:54 22 Feb 21
I could not be more pleased with the service I received. He is a wonderful lawyer and he gets the job done.
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Country living woman Mountains
05:52 22 Dec 20
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Lucas Green
Lucas Green
18:06 06 Dec 20
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James Smith
James Smith
06:57 05 Dec 20
I contacted the law offices of Mark T. Hurt regarding a traffic ticket I received. Initially I was concerned because I live between Florida and New York, and with Virginia being midway, handling my ticket would be a major inconvenience, and I wanted to keep my record free of any infractions.Choosing Mark T. Hurt to represent me was the best choice I made, and it was further improved with the assistance of Rhonda, who contacted me once they received my request. Rhonda is one of those unique people who has mastered the fine line between being perfectly professional and friendly. Every conversation we had, was made to feel as if I were speaking to a close friend. One of the most appreciated aspects of working with her was her understanding and respectful of my schedule and time.For my work, I have a hectic schedule and very few free moments, so being able to handle things quickly and effectively is a priority for me, and Rhonda understood that and took care of everything as if she knew exactly what I was expecting. I even got sick while working with Rhonda, and her first comment was to wish me well. She also went out of her way to find solutions regarding my traffic citation that worked around my schedule. The price was fair, and when considering the quality of work and more importantly, the quality of people you will be reliant upon to ensure the best possible outcome for whatever your situation is, they can ask for 10x more than what I paid and it would still be worth it.All in all, recommendation for this law office, and for Rhonda herself, could not be higher. If you are searching for someone to represent you in any legal matter whatsoever, this is the office to work with. Thank you again Rhonda.
Al Fortunatti
Al Fortunatti
00:47 07 Nov 20
My lawyer Courtney in charge of my case was very professional, and very responsive to my personal injury and auto claim. She had it settled in a timely manner very polite and I would recommend this office to anyone.
Samantha Mays
Samantha Mays
21:28 06 Nov 20
I would highly recommend this law firm! Courtney helped me with my personal injury case, she answered all my questions and was always responsive throughout the entire process.She advocated for me efficiently and strived for the best possible outcome.
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
17:16 27 Oct 20
I'm not a Virgina resident and had found this firm through Google. I have a traffic violation case in tennessee and was desperate to get awnsers. This law office's staff was so helpful even though I wasn't able to even be a client, I believe the person who awnsered was Ashley. After their direction on finding another attorney and my case I was able to push my court date back and will be able to find someone to represent me.I'm not even a client, they didn't have to help me at all! I just wish they practiced in the tri cities area! Would recommend this group!
Benjamin Smith
Benjamin Smith
18:34 22 Oct 20
I contacted the affordable Law Offices of Mark T Hunt regarding a ticket I received. They requested certain documents from me, went to court on my behalf and got the ticket dismissed! The entire process was easy, fast and efficient. When I emailed or texted them their response time was impeccable!I would HIGHLY recommend them if you are looking for a professional attorney!
Davina Waller
Davina Waller
16:41 22 Oct 20
Under the circumstances that I had to have an encounter with Mr. Hurt, if I needed another team to represent me, I wouldn't hesitate for a second. The sheer communication that I had with Ashley was phenomenal. I was informed every step of the way. I was directed to each step of the process. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this law firm and would HIGHLY reccomend them. They were able to have my ticket completely dropped with no points added. Thank you all so much for all your hard work you did for me.
Chris Sanders
Chris Sanders
16:56 21 Oct 20
Mark and his team were very professional and courteous. They done a excellent job with my traffic ticket. I would highly recommend them.
Shannon Hanes
Shannon Hanes
16:26 21 Oct 20
My son got a speeding ticket in Virginia going back to school in Alabama. We contacted Mark Hurts office and they were very responsive and handled the entire situation for us.
Mary Ellen Fennell
Mary Ellen Fennell
22:54 20 Oct 20
The Law Offices of Mark Hurt made the process of dismissing my ticket so effortless! They were told me all the steps I needed to take to make Mr. Hurt’s job easier, and he was able to dismiss my ticket! I’m so thankful I used Mark Hurt to represent me in court. I would highly recommend him to anyone I know.
Cristina Marie
Cristina Marie
16:33 15 Oct 20
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03:56 09 Oct 20
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Rafael Oliveira
11:13 06 Oct 20
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00:06 06 Oct 20
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23:47 05 Oct 20
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19:55 03 Oct 20
anita R Oliveira
anita R Oliveira
15:25 03 Oct 20
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Brittany Gobble
Brittany Gobble
17:35 29 Sep 20
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Bodie Breitbach
Bodie Breitbach
15:49 21 Sep 20
This law firm is the best of the best and Courtney was just wonderful in every aspect. Extremely helpful and answers every question and always willing to help! Mark Hurt and his crew are the best! Thank you all for helping my family in a very difficult time. Highly recommend.
Tony Statzer
Tony Statzer
14:41 17 Sep 20
Late in July I was charged with a reckless driving ticket in Greenville County, Virginia. I got caught going 83mph in a 55mph zone. It was my first offense on my driving record and I did not need a misdemeanor which could hurt my career. I was assured by Mrs Rhonda Hurt not to worry and that her team would take care of it. On my end, the only effort I put in was taking a 12 hour defensive driving course and sending her my driving record. Two months later, the result of my hearing was a reduction to a defective equipment/non driving violation with 0 points off my record. The other good part about this case was I did not have to go to court. In court fees I paid $68 and a fine of $78 for my ticket. Mrs. Rhonda and her team put together a miracle in that county and I cannot give her enough credit. I sincerely recommend this firm because I know they worked hard on my case and will do the same for you. Thank you again!
Marqus Keith
Marqus Keith
14:54 15 Sep 20
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Catina Ratliff
Catina Ratliff
17:51 05 Sep 20
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Danny Kiser
Danny Kiser
18:34 31 Aug 20
I got a traffic ticket while I traveled passing through VA in May.It is a big deal if you have the Law Section: 44-1/46/2-862 and speeding excess of 80 MPH in your ticket. It is a Criminal Misdemeanor Reckless Driving Charge!I saw Mark T. Hurt's Law office simple letter, I decided to give a call and get a free consultation.From the call, Rhonda provided a detail explaining the criminal charge of the Misdemeanor Reckless Driving ticket is about. She is a very caring and honest person, no sale pressure to me to take their law office at all.Once I decided to use their firm to represent me in court, it didn't take an hour, I was told totake some actions and wait for cout day to see the result. That is that simple and no worry at all. On the court date, I received text messages from lawyer's office. Guess what? The lawyer did a miraculous and fantastic job for me in the court.The Reckless Driving Misdemeanor ticket has been reduced to an Improper Driving traffic ticket.Thanks to Mark T. Hurt's Law office team! They are not only very professional and transparent but also does the best quality job you can find. I strongly recommend them to be your lawyer if you need one in VA.
C.Y. Kuan
C.Y. Kuan
01:07 23 Aug 20
Having landed a Reckless Driving (99 in a 65) on my way back to FL from WV, I came across this law firm when searching something along "best reckless driving lawyers Virginia."Mr. Hurt's firm dropped my "Criminal Misdemeanor" to an improper driving. Which from my understanding is right next to a normal speeding ticket.All expenses accounted (payment, court cost, fine), I'm out roughly $1,100 ; but I'd much rather pay that once today, than every six months to an insurance company for the next... God knows how many years. I am extremely grateful and overjoyed with my outcome.As far as speaking with the great ladies at these offices, everyone was always kind, quick, and considerate. They answered all my questions, explained all my options and possible outcomes. I had a clean record, and had now experience dealing with courts or lawyers, so their patience and knowledge was especially helpful. If I ever screw up again (I pray to God I don't) I hope it's in Virginia, so I can call upon Mr. Hurt's offices.
Nomadic Wolf
Nomadic Wolf
21:06 21 Aug 20
I would like to thank Hope for helping me get my SSDI. She was a true professional a great help with my success. great asset to the law firm and honest lady could not ask for anyone better. Thank You, David
David Harden
David Harden
21:17 20 Aug 20
I had a miracle outcome
jose feliz
jose feliz
22:14 18 Aug 20
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Brisio Gaza
23:12 15 Aug 20
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Christy Statzer
Christy Statzer
02:52 11 Aug 20
Courtney Cormier and the law office, was amazing! Courtney was very efficient, timely, and responsive. I had an issue with a previous employee, but due to that, Mr. Hurt wanted to ensure that I was completely satisfied, so he made adjustments on his fee, just to make sure I was happy! You couldn't ask for a better paralegal or law office! I highly recommend this firm!
Jessica Ann Roberts
Jessica Ann Roberts
20:10 30 Jul 20
I called seeking help with a traffic ticket I received. I spoke to the legal assistant, Ashley and she was very helpful.
Nathan
Nathan
13:54 30 Jul 20
my Attorney Courtney Cormier was amazing and very helpful and patient with me and the case and always keep me updated on all the steps and procedures of the process i would definitely recommend her and this office they are amazing
Branden Lewis
Branden Lewis
15:24 21 Jul 20
These guys got my reckless driving charge of a 94 in 70 down to a improper driving. You won’t regret hiring them to help you out!
Haley Walser
Haley Walser
23:22 20 Jul 20
Great experience with Courtney Cormier! Thanks for the professional help!
Alisha Fagan
Alisha Fagan
16:26 20 Jul 20
Thank you for doing the best you guys did an amazing job with my case I appreciate everyone that worked on my case I definitely recommend this law firm!!
Abdullah Shaikh
Abdullah Shaikh
14:56 16 Jul 20
Great people! Very helpful and professional.
Heather Foster
Heather Foster
21:53 15 Jul 20
Wonderful, family oriented law firm. The staff are very attentive and courteous especially Courtney. I highly recommend this legal establishment!
Duane Cormier
Duane Cormier
17:25 15 Jul 20
Amazing group of people to work with Courtney is fantasticI would highly recommend this group
Kara Ginter-Hensley
Kara Ginter-Hensley
21:41 14 Jul 20
Great firm!! Diana will walk you through everything you need to take care of a traffic ticket.
Braden Alexander
Braden Alexander
19:28 14 Jul 20
They are very professional, and respectful with everybody, including one of his employees, Rafael
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
17:01 14 Jul 20
The personnel who work here are constiment professionals. Rhonda Hurt kept me abreast of all proceedings and changes without the need for me to follow up, allowing me to maintain a piece of mind knowing that the Law Offices of Mark T Hurt were on the job (Rhonda kept me up to date through text and e-mail).During the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak all court dates were changed. I received a personalized letter from Mark assuring me that he and his team was on the job and was going to see my case through to the end while keeping me looped in.Thank you for all your help and persistence to see the great outcome I received.I highly recommend anyone to use the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues!
Jon H
Jon H
11:34 13 Jul 20
They are a hard working team that care about their clients.
Frederick Baker II
Frederick Baker II
05:13 26 Jun 20
Fast, professional, and friendly. One of the best we have had for our family case and would HIGHLY recommend!!
Jonathan Mora
Jonathan Mora
19:13 04 May 20
I had a summons to court for reckless driving doing 82/70, and they took care of it without a problem and got it dismissed for me! They also work with you on your payments! Rhonda is the sweetest person I’ve ever spoke too, she worked with me and helped me tremendously! I highly recommend you choose this amazing and sweet firm to help your cases! ❤️
Aleah Nicole
Aleah Nicole
13:46 11 Apr 20