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Reckless Driving in Alexandria - October 16, 2014, 04:20 PM

Hi all. I was just summonsed for reckless driving, 60 in a 35, this afternoon on Duke Street a little bit before the Landmark Mall area. I was less than 100 feet from the turn into my apartment complex, so just in a rush to get home I guess. FWIW, I was in my car not the bike.

I moved to the area from Massachusetts less than two months ago and rarely drive, usually I take the bus and metro for everything. Still have Mass plates and residency as well. I have only one speeding ticket on my record from Massachusetts (49 in a 35 I believe) and only one at-fault accident on my record from 2004.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what I should do from here? Any referrals for a traffic lawyer?

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Hi all. I was just summonsed for reckless driving, 60 in a 35, this afternoon on Duke Street a little bit before the Landmark Mall area. I was less than 100 feet from the turn into my apartment complex, so just in a rush to get home I guess. FWIW, I was in my car not the bike.

I moved to the area from Massachusetts less than two months ago and rarely drive, usually I take the bus and metro for everything. Still have Mass plates and residency as well. I have only one speeding ticket on my record from Massachusetts (49 in a 35 I believe) and only one at-fault accident on my record from 2004.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what I should do from here? Any referrals for a traffic lawyer?

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Really, though, get a lawyer. I used Denman Rucker in Arlington 10 years ago, but I'd assume it's different/better lawyers in Alexandria. It'll be costly but if you prove you just moved (and have since transferred your residency), you should be ok.
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October 16, 2014, 04:35 PM

Hopefully there's no reciprocity between VA and MA

I could make a strong suggestion if it was Fairfax County, but the Peoples Republic of the City of Alexandria is a whole 'nother ball of wax...

We have a lawyer thread around here somewhere, and I'm sure there has to be an Alexandria lawyer in there.

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Hopefully there's no reciprocity between VA and MA

I could make a strong suggestion if it was Fairfax County, but the Peoples Republic of the City of Alexandria is a whole 'nother ball of wax...

We have a lawyer thread around here somewhere, and I'm sure there has to be an Alexandria lawyer in there.

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Find the lawyer thread. Get a good one. Most likely you'll walk away with some sore pockets from the fine and lawyer fees but better than doing jail time for a moving violation. Good luck.


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Next time keep the speeds under reckless or WAY DEEP INTO RECKLESS so that you can't get caught. Goofing off 80-120 or so gets you nailed on the hwy around here.

160+ would be a safe goal.

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Next time keep the speeds under reckless or WAY DEEP INTO RECKLESS so that you can't get caught. Goofing off 80-120 or so gets you nailed on the hwy around here.

160+ would be a safe goal.

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I got ticketed for 91 in a 65 back home. Appealed to the magistrate, apologized, got yelled at a little bit, and she said "ok I'll dismiss it." Something tells me Virginia doesn't work like that lol.


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Bottom line, ride a little over the speed limit you are usually ok.

If you are feeling froggy, give it a second before you start playing at ticketable/jailable speeds and ask yourself 3 very basic questions:

1) Is your vehicle able to successfully run (tires, HP, enough gas, etc)?

2) Do you know where you are at? The roads? The bends/potholes, etc?

3) Are you willing to run?

If you are hesitant on any of those 3 then you pull over, plain and simple. Sometimes its just not worth it. But given how long a reckless stays on your record, how draconian the judges are, how much the lawyers bend you over....sometimes it is a logical and economically wise decision to run.

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I got ticketed for 91 in a 65 back home. Appealed to the magistrate, apologized, got yelled at a little bit, and she said "ok I'll dismiss it." Something tells me Virginia doesn't work like that lol.
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He was the lawyer who recently won a civil forfeiture case against Fairfax County PD which was front page in Washington Post. Same case that was mentioned in the John Oliver show.

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I got ticketed for 91 in a 65 back home. Appealed to the magistrate, apologized, got yelled at a little bit, and she said "ok I'll dismiss it." Something tells me Virginia doesn't work like that lol.
Yep got 98 on 70 between Austin and Dallas a couple of years back. Paid the $200 some fee got differed adjudication and it was taken off my record after one year of not getting a moving violation. Insurance never finds out about it either. I love TX.


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Home | Woolley Stout PLLC - Shawn Stout. Good friend of mine. Tell him Brad sent you.


He was the lawyer who recently won a civil forfeiture case against Fairfax County PD which was front page in Washington Post. Same case that was mentioned in the John Oliver show.
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