Ultimate Guide to Virginia Overweight Tickets

If you receive a ticket or citation for driving an overweight vehicle in Virginia, you must act quickly to preserve your rights and contest the citation. Even if you believe the citation is 100% accurate, I still may be able to help you drastically reduce the fine and penalties.

Contest overweight tickets within 21 days

Virginia law (46.2-1133) gives you a tight deadline to decide if you want to contest the violation. You MUST file your “notice of contest” with the DMV within a mere 21 days of receiving the citation.

Even if you think the citation is accurate, I strongly encourage contesting overweight citations. In many cases, they can be settled for half of the face amount of the citation. When damages are in the thousands of dollars, contact my office right away for help and advice.

If Virginia DMV does not receive your written notice of contesting the ticket within 21 days, your right to contest it has elapsed.

Prepare for court hearing

Once DMV receives your notice of contesting the citation, DMV forwards the citation to the General District Court where the violation occurred.

The court hearing will be conducted like a civil trial. The Commonwealth has to prove their case, and the defense can contest the Commonwealth’s evidence. The defense can present our own evidence as well.

Ways to fight overweight tickets

Weight errors – It’s possible that the Commonwealth did not weight the truck correctly. If they cannot prove the alleged weight, the judge should rule in our favor.

Calibrations – The Commonwealth must prove that the scales were certified properly. They can’t just assume the scales were working.

Sign issues – Some overweight citations are due to weight-restricted bridges or similar posted rules. If the signs weren’t properly posted and visible, we may have a strong defense against the citation.

Negotiation – Even if everything is in order, we can hopefully get the damages reduced by agreement with the Commonwealth.

Get started today!

There is no time to waste when you or your driver is facing an overweight citation. Contact me to review your options during a free case strategy session. We’ll review the citation, the law, and what the chances are for saving you money at court.

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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