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Old 09-11-2014, 01:43 AM   #1
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Default Decent Traffic Lawyer in Richmond, VA?

Anyone know of a good lawyer for tickets in Richmond?

I was traveling through this evening on I-295 heading towards I-64E and got stopped by a Henrico Deputy.

Something isn't quite right about the traffic stop.

He stated that I was doing 72, then told me 77 in a 60.

Here is where it gets strange. The name he put on the ticket is not mine. All the other info is correct, but he used my middle name as my last. My last name is no where on the ticket.

Number two is that he wrote 72, then heavily wrote overtop of it with a 77.

I was unamused, it was late, I am on orders with the Navy, showed my military ID hoping he would leave me alone, and I even have a Navy license plate, not a holder or frame, a plate. It was no secret.

I guess he thought I was some young punk, I am 27 and hardly childish. I had my wife and two young children in the vehicle. I was safely in one lane only with the cruise on.

There is construction in that area before you get back on I-64E, but the zone is marked 70, not covered over, there were no flashing lights indicating an active work zone 60 mph limit, the barrels were in the median no where near the highway, indicating no work. Traffic around me going slightly faster or same.

I can disprove that I was going 77 or even 72 because I am a ham radio operator and had a lock on 3 radio repeaters and 12 GPS satellites and was logging/transmitting my position. At the time in question I was doing 65mph.

I have the factory original tires on the factory wheels.

Any help you guys bring will be great, I am fighting this one. I did nothing wrong and had no intentions of doing anything wrong.
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:00 AM   #2
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This keeps getting better and better. While doing screen shots of my logs, I went through Google Maps to try and recreate the scene. He was sitting behind the guardrail at the Chickahominy River at MM 32. Which my logs say 65MPH at that time.

But looking at the ticket, he has I-64E at 122 mile marker. We weren't on I-64 at all. We were on I-295.

Either this cop is deranged or something is not right in your area guys, so look out.
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Old 09-11-2014, 07:38 AM   #3
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Old 09-11-2014, 07:46 AM   #4
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Even the road is wrong? Yea, you need to find a lawyer. That'll get tossed.


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Old 09-11-2014, 08:26 AM   #5
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Don't forget to ask about the calibration records for whatever he used to measure your speed. Oh and dely the court date as many times as you can. Good luck and give 'em hell.

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Old 09-12-2014, 05:14 PM   #6
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Thanks for siding with me guys. I definitely think I have a chance because there was so much wrong with the ticket, along with I really wasn't doing what he said I was at all.

I wonder if he got someone else and is placing the blame on me because I drive an STi?
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Old 09-12-2014, 05:17 PM   #7
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I still haven't picked a lawyer yet. I am debating calling the county prosecutor and explaining what is up and it will cost his county more money to fight a bogus ticket than to just drop it. I have substantially more evidence against them than they do me.
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Old 09-12-2014, 05:25 PM   #8
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I saw your post on IWSTI, yeah this should be an easy slam dunk for you.
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:57 PM   #9
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Already said but let me restate - make sure your lawyer requests all calibration info on his radar gun / device he used to tag you.

Second - if you can prove with other facts / information that you were not doing 72+ at the time of the incident, you can get it tossed. Furthermore, your last name being incorrect and the wrong interstate on the ticket is almost immediate dismissal.

I would tell you to forget about the lawyer and present the evidence yourself in traffic court, however, in past experiences regardless of the information I've had with me or how it is presented, everything goes much smoother with a lawyer. Something about judges disliking speaking to a defendant, they just like their lawyer buddies maybe.

This should be an easy one to beat. Just try to be respectful when proving the cop is a dumbass.
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Old Yesterday, 09:42 AM   #10
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Consider the cost of a lawyer vs. a fine for 8 or 12 over the speed limit + court fee + DIC cost.

Then based on that how much of this you can handle yourself and how badly do you need a lawyer to prove this information. It might not be worth the extra money because of the overwhelming evidence in your favor. Maybe seek free consultation first.
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Old Yesterday, 10:32 AM   #11
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You are probably better off just going in as your own defender. If you have a clean driving record I would take that in as well. As far as I have seen Henrico courts are extremely nice to speeders. I was not use to seeing that after dealing with NoVA courts. Most lawyer fees ive seen start around 300-1000$ which wouldn't even be worth it since it's not a reckless ticket.

That cop must have been drunk off lack of sleep. It sounds like this ticket will be an easy dismissal. I usually thought any route, name, etc that is incorrect is automatically dismissed. Just state that your last name is not what is on the ticket nor did the speed or location match up to where you were.
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