Overheard in Court

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The other day in one of my local general district courts, I became aware of a case where a person from another state received a reckless driving misdemeanor ticket here in Virginia. The attorney from the driver’s home state sent a letter to the court saying that they had been retained and were entering a […]

Will Reckless Driving in Virginia Be On Your Record?

published by Andrew Flusche on June 26, 2013

The other day I was in court handling a reckless driving charge for a client, and I overheard another lawyer giving his client bad advice. This attorney doesn’t focus on reckless driving cases like me, so he just had no clue what he was talking about. He advised his client that his reckless driving charge […]

Past Tickets Are NOT a Good Defense

published by Andrew Flusche on March 15, 2013

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Today I was in Spotsylvania General District Court and saw one of the worst defenses you can try for a speeding ticket. The defendant basically said: “Judge, I had a speeding ticket last year. I was guilty then, so I paid it. But I learned my lesson, and I wasn’t speeding this time.” Oh so […]

The Dog DID Bark!

published by Andrew Flusche on February 26, 2013

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The other day in Stafford General District Court, I overheard a dog barking case that caught my attention. The defendant in the case was charged with allowing her dog to bark too much in violation of the County’s noise ordinance. She represented herself and pleaded not guilty. Her defense essentially was that the dog barks, […]

Pleading Guilty to Failure to Maintain Control

published by Andrew Flusche on February 21, 2013

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The other day I was in Stafford General District Court when a young man answered for his case on the traffic docket. The judge announced that he was charged with reckless driving for driving too fast for road conditions. The judge then asked how the gentleman pleads. The young man said, “Well, Your Honor, I […]

A $250 Headlight Ticket Due to Rudeness

published by Andrew Flusche on November 6, 2012

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Many times when you get pulled over for having a headlight out the officer will give you a warning. After all, it’s one of those items you normally won’t know about until someone points it out to you. Today in Spotsylvania General District Court I saw an example of a headlight ticket gone wrong. One […]

Not Knowing the Judge Can Cost – BIG TIME

published by Andrew Flusche on July 16, 2012

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Last Friday we had a substitute judge in Stafford General District Court. It wasn’t a judge I was familiar with. I quickly began inquiring to find out his name and anything I could about him. As I sat through the traffic docket, I learned that he was quite reasonable and fair. He gave many people […]

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The Officer’s on Facebook Too!

published by Andrew Flusche on March 19, 2012

Today in Spotsylvania General District Court, one of the Troopers had an interesting issue: the person he stopped had posted about the stop on Facebook. The driver even posted a picture of the Trooper’s cruiser. The crazy part here is that the Trooper found out about it! I don’t know what the driver actually wrote […]

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Don’t Invite the Officer to Add Evidence

published by Andrew Flusche on February 14, 2011

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I was recently waiting in court for a client’s reckless driving charge. I overheard another case that shocked me. A driver was charged with reckless driving by speed. The officer testified to the basics of the case. He clocked the defendant going X speed, it happened in Spotsylvania County, etc. Then the driver’s attorney cross-examined […]

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Watch Out for Pedestrians on the Interstate

published by Andrew Flusche on October 26, 2010

I was sitting in Stafford General District Court today when the judge called a case for “being a pedestrian on the interstate.” I honestly had never seen a case regarding that statute, so I was quite interested to hear what happened. The Trooper testified that he saw two young ladies on foot in the middle […]

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