I saw sitting in Stafford General District Court today for several reckless driving cases when I heard what must be the WORST defense to a reckless driving charge:
“I thought the speed limit was 70, and I had my speed control set on 83.”
WRONG. Don’t say it. Please!
This particular defendant was charged with going 90 mph in a 65 mph zone. In her mind, she was arguing that she wasn’t guilty of the offense as charged.
But she flat out confessed to reckless driving by speed.
In Virginia, reckless driving by speed is ANY speed over 80 mph. Period.
And don’t think that the judge didn’t notice. He certainly did. He pointed out that she had just admitted to reckless driving by speed.
If this lady had hired me, I definitely wouldn’t have used that “defense.” Surely if she had hired ANY attorney, the defense would’ve been more sound than admitting to the crime.
ABOUT ANDREW FLUSCHE
Virginia lawyer Andrew Flusche defends traffic and misdemeanor charges. He helps clients who are facing charges such as reckless driving, DUI / DWI, driving on a suspended license, speeding, passing a stopped school bus, shoplifting, and possession of marijuana. Based in Fredericksburg, Flusche practices in the courts all around the Fredericksburg area including Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Caroline, and Orange. For more information on Andrew, you can visit www.AndrewFlusche.com, find him on Facebook and Twitter.