Not Knowing the Judge Can Cost – BIG TIME

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 the opportunity to attend driving school to reduce or dismiss their case. Most people seemed to walk away satisfied, at least as satisfied as you can be after getting a ticket.

Then a defendant came up who was charged with 91 in a 65 mph zone. I don’t know all the facts of the case of course, but it seemed like he had a good driving record. And he had completed a driving school prior to appearing in court with his attorney.

Of course the attorney asked for the case to be reduced to improper driving or speeding, anything other than reckless driving.

The judge then explained that nobody has any business driving over 90 mph, and that it means jail to him. He convicted the driver of reckless driving, imposed suspended jail time, and suspended his driver’s license.

Wow!

That’s highly unusual in Fredericksburg-area cases. As I’ve talked about before, the normal rule of thumb for jail in our area is 100 mph. It could be 95 mph, depending upon the judge, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 91/65 case get even suspended jail time here.

The regular judges in this area wouldn’t even normally suspend a driver’s license at that speed with a decent driving record.

Of course no attorney can ever guarantee what will happen in court. But knowing the key players provides a good indicator of possible outcomes.

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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, Facebook, and Avvo. 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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