Speeding and Reckless Driving Tickets in Southampton County
There are two kinds of people in this world. First, there are those who’ve never heard of Southampton County, Virginia. Second, there are those who’ve gotten a speeding ticket there. Almost everyone who travels US Highway 58 on their way to Western Virginia or North Carolina with any regularity has gotten a speeding or reckless driving ticket driving there. It’s true: Southampton County is a speed trap in the sense that it seems to come out of nowhere, has a quickly reducing speed limit, and some very efficient cops. Within Southampton County is the City of Courtland. Courtland is well known for its efficient speed enforcement as well, and if you are ticked anywhere in Southampton County, you will be summoned to appear in the General District Court which is located in Courtland, VA.
If you’ve been through the area, you know there are several speed limit signs posted very close together and the limit drops rapidly between them. And just on the other side of the lowest one, an officer will be waiting — usually with a high-accuracy LiDar Speed Measurement Laser Device. In Southampton, the officer will ticket you for speeding if you were going faster than the speed limit, but not more than 20 MPH faster. If you were going 20 MPH or more over the speed limit, the officer might elect to ticket you for Reckless Driving rather than speeding. You can read more about reckless driving here, but realize that Reckless Driving is a criminal offense, not merely a traffic infraction like speeding.
Do I have to come back to the Southampton Court for my ticket?
If you were cited for Reckless, you may be wondering if you can avoid coming back to court. Usually the answer is no. Reckless is a criminal offense with the potential of jail time, therefore you must appear in person at the General District Court in Courtland, VA for trial. However, a Virginia Reckless Driving Attorney can often get that requirement waived, and appear in court on your behalf so that you do not have to travel back here. Contact us for a free consultation, and we’ll let you know whether your reckless driving ticket is one that we can handle in Southampton County without you there. If you got a speeding rather than reckless ticket, we can appear on your behalf without you coming back. You should discuss this decision with us to determine what is the best course of action for your case.
Should I prepay my Southampton ticket?
Reckless Driving and Speeding both have defenses and ways to keep your record clean or at least minimize the impact a conviction would have on your record. Generally you cannot pre-pay a reckless ticket. You can pre-pay a speeding ticket, but be aware that pre-paying the ticket is a guilty plea and the ticket will go on your record in that case.
If you’re one of the many who’ve been ticketed in Southampton County or Courtland Virginia, give us a call. We are experienced with that court, and can help with your case.