The Code of Virginia classifies various offenses such as Reckless Driving, aggressive driving, driving on a suspended or revoked license, or habitual offender, to name a few, as serious misdemeanor criminal offenses. In fact, a motorist can be convicted of Reckless Driving for speeding as little as 11 miles per hour over the limit if the speed allegation is 81 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour speed zone. A conviction for any traffic misdemeanor can severely jeopardize your freedom, your career, your insurance rates, and your driving record.
If you have been arrested or charged with one of these allegations or any other criminal or traffic offense, then you need an accomplished traffic lawyer.
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Cases we HandleOur traffic lawyers routinely represent individuals and businesses facing state or federal traffic charges. Our firm is in Charlottesville, Virginia, but we handle charges both at trial and in appellate proceedings. We are dedicated to the aggressive defense of our clients and providing the highest quality legal services.
AccidentsIf you were charged with a traffic offense in connection with an accident, it is especially important to fight the traffic charge. Otherwise, if you are sued by your passenger or another driver or their passenger, the traffic charge could be used against you.
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Types of Traffic Infractions
If you have been charged, the "code section" listing the appropriate part of the Virginia Code will appear on your ticket. You can click the links below to read these statutes.
46.2-802 Drive on right side of highways
46.2-803 Keep to the right in crossing intersections or railroads
46.2-803.1 Commercial motor vehicles limited to use of certain lanes of certain interstate highways
46.2-804 Special regulations applicable on highways laned for traffic
46.2-805 Lane direction control signals
46.2-806 One-way roadways and highways
46.2-808.1 Use of crossovers on controlled access highways; penalty
46.2-809 Regulation of truck traffic on primary and secondary highways
46.2-809.1 Regulation of residential cut-through traffic by Board
46.2-810 Age limits for drivers of public passenger-carrying vehicles
46.2-811 Coasting prohibited
46.2-812 Driving more than thirteen hours in twenty-four prohibited
46.2-813 Occupation of trailer being towed on highways
46.2-814 Driving through safety zone prohibited
46.2-815 Hauling certain cargoes through tunnels in violation of posted signs; penalty
46.2-816 Following too closely
46.2-820 Right-of-way at uncontrolled intersections, generally
46.2-821 Vehicles before entering certain highways shall stop or yield right-of-way
46.2-822 Right-of-way at traffic circles
46.2-824 Right-of-way at uncontrolled "T" intersections
46.2-825 Left turn traffic to yield right-of-way
46.2-826 Stop before entering public highway or sidewalk from private road, etc.; yielding right-of-way
46.2-827 Right-of-way of United States forces, troops, national guard, etc
46.2-828 Right-of-way for funeral processions under police or sheriff's escort; improper joining of, passing
46.2-830 Uniform marking and signing of highways; drivers to obey signs; enforcement of section
46.2-830.1 Failure to obey highway sign where driver sleeping or resting
46.2-833 Traffic lights; penalty
46.2-833.1 Evasion of traffic control devices
46.2-834 Signals by law-enforcement officers and crossing guards
46.2-835 Right turn on steady red light after stopping
46.2-836 Left turn on steady red after stopping
46.2-837 Passing vehicles proceeding in opposite directions
46.2-838 Passing when overtaking a vehicle
46.2-839 Passing bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, moped
46.2-841 When overtaking vehicle may pass on right
46.2-842 Driver to give way to overtaking vehicle
46.2-842.1 Drivers to give way to certain overtaking vehicles on divided highways
46.2-843 Limitations on overtaking and passing
46.2-844 Passing stopped school buses; penalty; prima facie evidence
46.2-845 Limitation on U-turns
46.2-846 Required position and method of turning at intersections; local regulations
46.2-848 Signals required on backing, stopping, or turning
46.2-849 How signals given
46.2-850 Change of course after giving signal
46.2-851 Signals prior to moving standing vehicles into traffic
46.2-852 Reckless driving; general rule
46.2-853 Driving vehicle which is not under control; faulty brakes
46.2-854 Passing on or at the crest of a grade or on a curve
46.2-855 Driving with driver's view obstructed or control impaired
46.2-856 Passing two vehicles abreast
46.2-857 Driving two abreast in a single lane
46.2-858 Passing at a railroad grade crossing
46.2-859 Passing a stopped school bus; prima facie evidence
46.2-860 Failing to give proper signals
46.2-861 Driving too fast for highway and traffic conditions
46.2-862 Exceeding speed limit
46.2-863 Failure to yield right-of-way
46.2-864 Reckless driving on parking lots, etc
46.2-865 Racing; penalty
46.2-865.1 Injuring another or causing the death of another while engaging in a race; penalties
46.2-866 Racing; aiders or abettors
46.2-867 Racing; seizure of motor vehicle
46.2-868 Reckless driving; penalties
46.2-868.1 Aggressive driving; penalties
46.2-869 Improper driving; penalty
46.2-870 Maximum speed limits generally
46.2-871 Maximum speed limit for school buses
46.2-872 Maximum speed limits for vehicles operating under special permits
46.2-873 Maximum speed limits at school crossings; penalty
46.2-873.1 Maximum speed limit on nonsurface-treated highways
46.2-873.2 Maximum speed limit on rural rustic roads
46.2-874 Maximum speed limit in business and residence districts
46.2-874.1 Exceptions to maximum speed limits in residence districts; penalty
46.2-875 Maximum speed limit on certain other highways in cities and towns
46.2-876 Maximum speed limit for passenger vehicles towing certain trailers
46.2-877 Minimum speed limits
46.2-878 Authority to change speed limits
46.2-878.1 Maximum speed limits in highway work zones; penalty
46.2-878.2 Maximum speed limits in certain residence districts of counties, cities, and towns; penalt...
46.2-878.3 Prepayment of fines for violations of speed limits
46.2-879 No conviction for speeding in certain areas unless markers installed
46.2-880 Tables of speed and stopping distances
46.2-881 Special speed limitation on bridges, tunnels and interstates
46.2-882 Determining speed with various devices; certificate as to accuracy of device; arrest without warran...
46.2-883 Signs indicating legal rate of speed and measurement of speed by radar
46.2-884 Railroad warning signals must be obeyed
46.2-885 When vehicles to stop at railroad grade crossings
46.2-886 When drivers of certain vehicles to stop, look, and listen at railroad crossings; crossing tracks w...
46.2-887 Moving crawler-type tractors, steam shovels, derricks, rollers, etc., over railroad grade crossing...
46.2-888 Stopping on highways; general rule
46.2-889 Location of parked vehicles
46.2-890 Stopping in vicinity of fire or emergency
46.2-891 Exemption for highway construction and maintenance vehicles
46.2-892 Rural mail carriers stopping on highways
46.2-893 Stopping on highways to discharge cargo or passengers; school buses
46.2-894 Duty of driver to stop, etc., in event of accident involving injury or death or damage to attended ...
46.2-895 Duty of certain persons accompanying driver to report accidents involving injury, death, or damage ...
46.2-896 Duties of driver in event of accident involving damage only to unattended property
46.2-897 Duty of certain persons accompanying driver to report accidents involving damage only to unattende...
46.2-898 Reports are in addition to others
46.2-899 Article applies to accidents on private or public property
46.2-900 Penalty for violation of §§ 46.2-895 through 46.2-897
46.2-901 Suspension of driver's license for failure to report certain accidents
46.2-902 Leaving scene of accident when directed to do so by officer
46.2-902.1 Officer may require certain motorists to furnish proof of insurance or payment of fee for registrat...
46.2-903 Riding or driving vehicles other than bicycles, electric power-assisted bicycles, or electric perso...
46.2-904 Use of roller skates and skateboards on sidewalks and shared-use paths; operation of bicycles, moto...
46.2-905 Riding bicycles, electric personal assistive mobility devices, electric power-assisted bicycles, an...
46.2-906 Carrying articles or passengers on bicycles, electric personal assistive mobility devices, electri...
46.2-906.1 Local ordinances may require riders of bicycles, electric personal assistive mobility devices, and ...
46.2-907 Overtaking and passing vehicles
46.2-908 Registration of bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, and electric power-assisted b...
46.2-908.1 Electric personal assistive mobility devices, electrically powered toy vehicles, and electric power...
46.2-908.2 Low-speed vehicles; required equipment
46.2-908.3 Low-speed vehicles; operation on highways; license required; registration required; safety and emis...
46.2-909 Riding on motorcycles, generally
46.2-910 Motorcycle and autocycle operators to wear helmets, etc.; certain ...
46.2-911 Description unavailable
46.2-911.1 Operation of motor-driven cycles on public highways prohibited.
46.2-912 Operating motorcycle without headlight, horn or rearview mirror
46.2-913 Vendors of certain motorcycles to furnish statements of registration and ...
46.2-914 Limitations on operation of mopeds
46.2-915 Stickers required on mopeds
46.2-915.1 All-terrain vehicles and off-road motorcycles; penalty
46.2-915.2 Safety equipment for mopeds; effect of violation; penalty
46.2-916 Ordinances providing for the disposition of unregistered or unlicensed motorcycles
46.2-916.1 Golf cart and utility vehicle operations on public highways ...
46.2-916.2 Designation of public highways for golf cart and utility vehicle operations
46.2-916.3 Limitations on golf cart and utility vehicle operations on designated public highways
46.2-917 Operation of yellow motor vehicles of certain seating capacity ...
46.2-917.1 School buses hired to transport children
46.2-917.2 School buses operating under State Corporation Commission or Department certificate
46.2-918 School buses to be routed so as to avoid necessity of pupils' crossing divided highways
46.2-919 Age limit for drivers of school buses
46.2-919.1 Use of wireless telecommunications devices by persons driving school buses
46.2-920 Certain vehicles exempt from regulations in certain situations; ...
46.2-920.1 Operation of tow trucks or vehicles owned or controlled by ...
46.2-920.2 Operation of vehicles owned or controlled by the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
46.2-921 Following or parking near fire apparatus or rescue squad vehicle
46.2-921.1 Drivers to yield right-of-way or reduce speed when approaching ...
46.2-922 Driving over fire hose
46.2-923 How and where pedestrians to cross highways
46.2-924 Drivers to stop for pedestrians; installation of certain signs; penalty
46.2-925 Pedestrian control signals
46.2-926 Pedestrians stepping into highway where they cannot be seen
46.2-927 Boarding or alighting from buses
46.2-928 Pedestrians not to use roadway except when necessary; keeping to left
46.2-929 Pedestrians soliciting rides
46.2-930 Loitering on bridges or highway rights-of-way
46.2-931 Localities may prohibit or regulate distribution of handbills, etc.
46.2-932 Playing on highways; use of toy vehicle on highways, persons riding
46.2-932.1 Duty of driver approaching blind pedestrian; effect of failure
46.2-933 When vehicles to stop for pedestrian guided by dog or carrying white,
46.2-934 Failure to use cane or guide dog not contributory negligence
46.2-935 Regulation by ordinance in counties, cities, and towns
46.2-936 Arrest for misdemeanor; release on summons and promise to appear;
46.2-937 Traffic infractions treated as misdemeanors for arrest purposes
46.2-938 Issuance of warrant upon failure to comply with summons; penalties;
46.2-939 Authority of law-enforcement officers to issue subpoenas
46.2-940 When arresting officer shall take person before issuing authority
46.2-941 Conditions precedent to issuance of summons for violation of parking ordinance; notice
46.2-942 Admissibility of results of speedometer test in prosecution for exceeding speed limit
46.2-943 Court or jury may consider defendant's prior traffic record before sentencing
46.2-945 Issuance of citation to motorist; party jurisdiction; police officer to
46.2-946 Department to transmit officer's report to party jurisdiction;
46.2-947 Violations committed within highway safety corridor; report on benefits
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