I was Wrongfully Ticketed for Improper Lane Usage, What can I do?

This type of question depends upon the type of lane charge you have, but you should immediately talk with a local traffic defense attorney, who can hopefully advise you of that possibility in a case like yours. If you have a case in the Fredericksburg area, please give me a call today or go ahead and contact me through my website so we can begin evaluating the specific facts of your immediate case.

In general, a lane usage charge could imply a couple different types of issues. One can simply be that you’re accused of making some type of improper lane change.

If you’re accused of an improper lane change, the commonwealth has the burden of proving that you didn’t change lanes safely and therefore you may have an argument on that thought so the commonwealth may not be able to prove their case. One important issue is to note, that the officer might pull you over for not using a turn signal while changing lanes. However, Virginia law does not say you have to always use your turn signal. You only need to use your signal when traffic is affected by your maneuver. So, that could be one subtle defense to a improper lane change charge.

The other type of lane usage violation that occurs is when you have a CDL holder that is driving in the left lane of the interstate. If you are a tractor trailer driver who is simply in the wrong lane at the wrong time, there may be a way that we could negotiate your case down to a lesser offense to try to avoid having a moving violation in your driving record.

No matter what type of lane change charge or lane usage charge you have, you may be eligible to go to a driving school to have the case completely dismissed. This option isn’t available for CDL holders normally, however it is something that we can explore at every case. I would love to talk with you about the facts in your case to see if this might be a possibility for you.

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Andrew Flusche

My name is Andrew Flusche. I am a traffic and misdemeanor defense lawyer in Virginia. I limit my practice to traffic tickets and misdemeanor defense, so I know the ins and outs of these offenses. I literally wrote the book on reckless driving in Virginia which you can get on Amazon here or download for free here. I opened my practice in 2008 after earning my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since then, I have earned over 600 5-star reviews from happy clients on Google, Yelp, and Facebook. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your initial consultation is always free, and you'll talk directly with me about the details of your case.

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