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Reckless Driving Speeding Charge reduced to Improper Driving in Fairfax County

October 2023

Client was driving on on the Express Lanes on I-66 when he was stopped for driving 91mph in a 65mph zone.  Normally I-66 is a 55mph zone but the Express Lanes are designated as a 65mph zone.  In this case, due to the speed, the Virginia State Trooper issued a citation for reckless driving.

Client had a clean driving record and didn't have a history of driving fast.  However, as a parent, they had multiple children's activities that day they had to juggle.  As luck would have it these child activities were scheduled back-to-back and time was an issue.

We had our client take an online reckless driving course and get their speedometer calibrated.  We always recommend speedometer calibrations when the speed alleged is over 90mph because many Judges in Fairfax County will not allow a reduction of a reckless driving speed charge when the speed alleged is over 90mph.  A good automotive shop to use for a speedometer calibration is Advanced Automotive in Chantilly, Virginia.  In most cases the calibration will come back in our favor and we can use it as a legal fiction to lower the speed involved.  There is a Virginia Statute that allows this.

After speaking with both the Trooper and Prosecutor about what happened and a bit about our client's background the charge was reduced to Improper Driving.  This is important because Improper Driving is a traffic infraction and helps us avoid the original misdemeanor charge for our client.  Improper Driving a 3-point offense for DMV purposes and falls off the driving record after 3 years.

Practice area(s): Speeding / Traffic Ticket

Court: Fairfax County General District Court

Jeremy S. Letnick

Jeremy Letnick is in the courtroom daily. Raised by both an attorney and a Fairfax County Police Officer, Mr. Letnick has been exposed to the intricate workings of both sides of the legal system his entire life.  His focus is criminal law and traffic law.  As result, he has the distinction of regularly appearing in the courts of Northern Virginia and consistently appears in front of the Judges and routinely works with the Prosecutors and Police Officers.  He has handled thousands of cases ranging from simple speeding tickets to robbery and manslaughter charges.  Mr. Letnick's ultimate goal is to make the client's court experience as stress-free as possible while pursuing the client's objectives.  Mr. Letnick is a second-degree black belt and takes the respectful position that everyone should stand up for themselves in Court and in life. George Mason University, B.A. 2004Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, J.D. 2008Certificate of Merit “Book Award”:Trial SkillsAlternative Dispute ResolutionForensic ScienceFairfax Bar AssociationPrince William Bar Association

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