Virginia Juvenile Traffic Offense Lawyers
Traffic regulations such as signs, signals, and speed limits are put in place for the safety of all drivers on the road. When a driver commits a traffic violation, an officer will usually pull over the driver and issue a ticket to protect both the guilty driver and others. Juveniles are commonly guilty of committing traffic offenses. In Virginia, any individual who is under 18 years old is considered a juvenile.
Common traffic offenses and violations committed by juveniles are speeding, reckless driving, failure to wear seatbelts, failure to obey traffic signs, and sometimes being the cause of an accident. The age of accountability in Virginia is 18, so these and other traffic offenses committed by juveniles are usually not considered as serious as adult traffic offenses. However, committing traffic offenses before the age of 18 can still affect a juvenile’s driving record after they reach adulthood.
If you or your child is charged with a juvenile traffic offense in Virginia and you desire to fight your charge, it’s important that you understand the penalties for the offense as well as your legal rights so that you can build a strong defense against it. Committing traffic violations before age 18 does not have to ruin your driving record if you are prepared with an excellent legal defense.
Virginia Traffic Offense Penalties
Because juveniles are treated differently than adults in the eyes of the law, certain traffic violations may not receive as heavy of a penalty that adults may receive. Juveniles who commit traffic offenses receive a few chances before more serious consequences are issued.
For a juvenile’s first demerit point, the juvenile will be required to complete a driver improvement clinic within 90 days of the offense. If this clinic is not completed within the 90-day period, the DMV will suspend the juvenile’s license until the clinic is completed. After a second demerit point, the DMV will suspend the juvenile’s license for 90 days. If the juvenile receives a third demerit point, the DMV will suspend the license for one year or until the juvenile reaches age 18, whichever takes longer.
The penalty, ticket, and fine associated with each offense will depend on the circumstances of the offense (such as how much the juvenile was speeding). More serious traffic offenses such as reckless driving or DUI/DWIs can remain on a juvenile’s record until the age of 29, so it is important to fight charges and prevent you or your child’s driving record from being affected.
Fighting a Juvenile Traffic Offense Charge
If you or your child is charged with a juvenile traffic offense, you might wish to fight your ticket or charge. Many drivers find it easier to simply pay their speeding ticket and accept the demerit points, for example. However, attending court with a strong legal defense to fight the ticket could result in your fine and/or demerit points being reduced or even dismissed. This can also prevent your license from being suspended.
Reckless driving is a much more serious offense, and it’s important to fight this charge instead of simply paying the fine and pleading guilty to the misdemeanor. Preparing a strong legal defense could result in the charge being dismissed or reduced to prevent your license from being suspended.
Although the court is often more lenient toward juvenile offenses, you owe it to yourself to hire the best legal defense available if you or your child has been charged with a juvenile traffic offense. Our lawyers will pour over every detail of your case and organize the strongest defense they can. We are dedicated to protecting your legal rights and working to give you the most desirable outcome in court.
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