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If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime or cited for a traffic violation you may fear how this will all play out. Whether you’re looking at potential jail time, fines, the loss of a job or higher insurance rates, you need to focus on what you can do to protect yourself, your family and your future. You need to talk to a Virginia Beach criminal defense attorney so you can make an informed, educated decision on your next move because it could impact you the rest of your life.
ACS Law defends the rights and protects the interests of those charged with crimes and cited for traffic violations. Being arrested or ticketed doesn’t mean the prosecution has an airtight case against you. The prosecution has the burden of proof. Before you give up and decide to plead guilty or pay the ticket, you should get legal help because there may be grounds to challenge the charges, whether that’s because law enforcement didn’t get the facts straight or your Constitutional rights have been violated.
If you have been charged with a crime, or you have learned of a criminal investigation that may lead to an arrest, these are very difficult times for you. Your liberty and future are at risk. With a criminal conviction may come months or years of jail, the loss of a job, difficulty in finding another job, being unable to support a family, the loss of a driver’s license, registry on a sex offender’s list and time lost with loved ones that can’t be replaced.
If you are convicted of a crime in Virginia, you may face penalties that include,
- Incarceration in county jail, state or federal prison
- Fines, penalty assessments and other costs, probably at a time when you cannot afford to pay them
- Registration as a sex offender which can impact where you can live and the jobs you can hold
- Driver’s license suspension or revocation which can impact your ability to get to work
- A permanent criminal record which may need to be disclosed on job applications
- Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle
- Required completion of classes and/or counseling
Just because you’ve been arrested doesn’t mean you’ll be convicted. As powerful as law enforcement and prosecutors can be, their powers aren’t limitless. If they crossed legal or constitutional limits you may have a valid defense to your case. Your case may ultimately be decided by a judge or jury of your peers, not the police or prosecutor.
Every motorist summonsed to court for a traffic violation has a choice. You can plead guilty and pay the required fine, or the can exercise their right to contest the allegations against you. You have the right to plead not guilty and contest the allegations. You also have the right to be represented by an criminal defense attorney of your choosing.
The Virginia State Police claims it issued 590,927 summonses for traffic violations in 2015, including 174,382 speeding violations. There were 70,666 summonses for reckless driving and 4,789 arrests for driving under the influence. Given these numbers chances are good you, at some point, will be cited for some type of violation.
Getting a traffic summons has consequences beyond paying the statutory fine. You could have points assessed against your insurance that will increase your insurance premiums. Your driver’s license could be suspended if you acquire too many points in a short period of time.
If you have questions about criminal law or traffic citation defense and live in the Virginia Beach area, call Abrons, Chiusano & Sceviour at (757) 644-6789 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation today.