The cost and consequences of speeding tickets

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2020 | Criminal Defense |

The likely first thought of residents in Virginia who receive a ticket for speeding involves the amount of money they must pay. A person receiving a ticket may also wonder what other penalties they may face.

The ticket a person receives for violating traffic laws will normally have the amount of the fine written on it. This fact is true all of the time with speeding tickets.

The monetary fine for speeding in Virginia is $6 for each mile the driver is traveling over the speed limit. The penalty increases by a dollar a mile when the offending party is driving in a work or school zone. The fine increases to $8 per mile with an additional fee of $200 added to the ticket when the offense takes place in a residential area.

Individuals ticketed for driving 20 miles or more over the speed limit face reckless driving charges. This charge includes a $350 fine for a first offense and a $1,000 fine for a second offense. Reckless drivers are also required to pay a fee for three years.

Drivers in Virginia are also subject to a $30 fine for operating a motor vehicle at speeds below the minimum speed limit. An additional fee of $62 applies to every conviction for a traffic violation in the state.

Drivers who receive traffic violations have 40 days to pay fines that are due. Consequences associated with non-payment include the assessment of interest, collection actions, and the possibility of arrest.

Another consideration for motorists in Virginia cited for traffic violations is the demerits assessed for each violation. A speeding ticket is good for three to six demerit points that will remain on the driving record for two years. The more demerit points a driver accumulates, the more likely it becomes that a future violation will result in a suspension or revocation of driving privileges.

Traffic law violations can cost a driver a lot of money and restrict their ability to operate a motor vehicle. A conversation with a criminal defense attorney may be the best bet for an individual accused of a traffic ticket they feel is unwarranted.