Articles about reckless driving, dui dwi, speeding tickets and other traffic violations in Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, and Chesterfield counties of Virginia.

Richmond Virginia Reckless Driving Attorney Gregory Hough

Richmond Reckless Driving Attorney Gregory HoughLeveraging a background as a public defender, I created a criminal defense practice dedicated to assisting clients in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, and Hanover, Virginia who face criminal charges such as drug offenses, DUI DWI, traffic tickets and other criminal matters.

My previous work experience has given me the ability to handle a large case load, while paying close attention to each of my clients’ cases, addressing the most intricate details of their legal defense.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 50% Traffic Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

Education

  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • J.D.
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • B.A.
    • Major: Criminology

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Service Award – From T.C. Williams School of Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association
  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Indigent Defense Commission of Virginia, Assistant Public Defender

Criminal Defense Attorney Paula R. Bernstein Hough

Richmond Criminal Defense Attorney Paula R. Bernstein HoughMs. Bernstein graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Law. Upon her graduation, Ms. Bernstein worked for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association prior to her entering the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While in law school, Ms. Bernstein was awarded the “Eleanor & James Clanton Haynes Memorial Law and Public Policy” fellowship, was a Senior Editor for a Law Journal, and volunteered for the Innocence Project investigating a case of wrongful conviction.

During law school, Ms. Bernstein also worked full-time as the Information Specialist for The Death Penalty Information Center where she delivered presentations about capital punishment to state, national and international organizations and even provided expert testimony before the Judiciary Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates. She graduated from the Columbus School of law cum laude in 2002.

Ms. Bernstein joined the Fairfax County Public Defender’s Office in 2003 where she zealously represented clients charged with everything from Reckless Driving and Driving While Intoxicated to abduction, rape and murder. Ms. Bernstein was promoted to the position of Senior Assistant Public Defender, where she continued handling serious felonies in addition to training and supervising less experienced attorneys.

Ms. Bernstein Hough joined the Gordon Law Firm in 2007 where she took the responsibility of opening the firm’s Central Virginia office. In 2009 she opened her own law practice, Brisendine, Overand, Buster and Bernstein, P.C.. After the birth of their first child in 2010, Ms. Bernstein Hough left her firm to join her husband at the Law Office of Gregory R. Hough.

Areas of Law Practice

  • Criminal Defense Law
  • DUI DWI Defense Law
  • Traffic Violation Defense Law

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2012
  • Virginia, 2002

Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
  • J.D. (Cum Laude) – 2002
  • Honors: “Eleanor & James Clanton Haynes Memorial Law and Public Policy” Fellowship Award
  • Law Review: Executive Board, Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, Executive Board
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida B.A. – 1995
  • Major: Criminology and Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association
Richmond Criminal Defense Attorney Paula R. Bernstein Hough
Richmond Criminal Defense Lawyer providing legal representation for criminal and traffic violations including reckless driving, speeding tickets, drug arrest, DUI and DWI.

4110 East Parham Road Suite 201
Richmond,
VA23228

Phone:804-864-9424

Reckless Driving In Virginia

What is Reckless Driving?

Reckless Driving is a catch-all term which refers to several specific types of traffic violations which are considered to endanger yourself, others or property.

Reckless Driving is a Class 1 Misdemeanor in Virginia which means that it is a crime and is punishable by up to 12 months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500 or a 6 month suspension of your license.

The most common type of reckless driving is reckless driving by speed which means that you were traveling over 80 mph or 20 or more mph over the speed limit.

Virginia Traffic Code: § 46.2-862. Exceeding speed limit.

A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth (i) at a speed of twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit or (ii) in excess of eighty miles per hour regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit.

(Code 1950, §§ 46-209, 46-209.1; 1950, p. 880; 1952, c. 671; 1954, cc. 225, 401, 458; 1958, c. 541, § 46.1-190; 1960, c. 510; 1964, c. 266; 1966, c. 694; 1968, c. 575; 1970, c. 521; 1974, cc. 222, 455; 1975, c. 633; 1978, c. 27; 1979, c. 86; 1981, cc. 333, 585; 1985, c. 148; 1989, c. 727; 1992, c. 608; 2006, c. 301.)

Amount of time Reckless Driving (Felony or Misdemeanor) charges stay on your DMV record in Virginia (subject to change):

In Virginia, reckless driving is a “six point traffic violation” and the number of years that the conviction stays on your Virginia DMV record is in parentheses beside each violation below. Demerit points will also be assigned to your record for traffic convictions incurred in other states.

Speeding in excess of 80 mph (11 years)

Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit (11 years)

Speeding racing (11 years)

Speeding passing or overtaking an emergency vehicle (11 years)

Speeding passing a school bus (11 years)

Speeding passing on the crest of a hill (11 years)

Speeding passing at a railroad crossing (11 years)

Speeding passing two vehicles abreast (11 years)

Speeding driving two vehicles abreast (11 years)

Speeding driving too fast for conditions (11 years)

Speeding failing to give a proper signal (11 years)

Speeding faulty brakes/improper control (11 years)

Speeding on parking lots, etc. (11 years)

Speeding with an obstructed view (11 years)

Speeding generally (11 years)

Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit (5 years)

Currently, our criminal defense law firm focuses on defending traffic violations and drug offenses in the following areas around Richmond, Virginia: Henrico County VA, Richmond VA, Chesterfield County VA, and Hanover County VA.

By focusing in traffic law we are able to better represent our clients and their specific needs. Limiting our law firm practice area allows us to focus on a few traffic courts and become intimately familiar with how each particular traffic court operates. This detailed knowledge helps us to better advise our clients and makes us better at what we do.

Speeding Ticket Richmond Henrico Chesterfield Hanover Va

Have you received a speeding ticket in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield or Hanover Virginia?  Contact our law office today to get a free speeding ticket consultation on how we may be able to help!

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) uses a system of points to evaluate drivers. When you are convicted of certain traffic violations, you receive a certain number of demerit points against your driving record.

Similarly, for each full calendar year that you hold a valid Virginia driver’s license and do not have any violations or suspensions, you receive a safe driving point. You can also earn safe driving points when you complete a driver improvement clinic. You can accumulate up to five safe driving points to offset your demerit points.

Not all traffic violations receive demerit points, yet they will still be posted to your driving record. If you are a repeat offender, you can accumulate many points and lose your license. It can also cause your vehicle insurance rates to rise.

What Happens If I Get a Ticket?

When a law enforcement officer cites you for a violation, he or she will issue you a ticket, or for serious offenses, take you into custody.

Once you are convicted of a traffic violation, the court lets the DMV know. The DMV will then post the conviction to your driving record and assign points according to the violation.

If applicable, next the DMV will issue an order of suspension. The DMV might also issue an order requiring satisfactory completion of a driver improvement clinic. Your insurance company may request notification and raise your rates if you are an unsafe driver.

Which Violations Receive Demerit Points?

The official Virginia DMV website lists traffic violations and their corresponding points. Read the Moving Violations and Point Assessments publication to see which violations incur points, how many demerit points they are assigned, and how long the convictions will remain on your record.

Because this information is subject to change without notice, contact our Richmond speeding ticket law office  if you have any questions.

Demerit points stay on your record for two years. Convictions remain on your record for different periods, depending on the severity of the offense. Convictions could remain on your record for longer than the list specifies if your license is suspended, revoked, disqualified, or cancelled.

Insurance Company Point System

Insurance companies also rate drivers and assign points to your insurance record. These are not the same as DMV points. Insurance companies have their own systems for assigning points that are different from the DMV demerits.

Richmond Speeding Ticket Lawyer

Have you received a speeding ticket in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield or Hanover, Virginia?

The law office of Attorney Gregory R. Hough, P.C. leverages a background as a public defender to assist clients in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, and Hanover, Virginia who face traffic tickets and other criminal matters.

My extensive work in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, and Hanover Virginia courts gives me a unique insight into the state’s proceedings and its specific traffic laws. This insight allows me to assist clients charged with a number of traffic violations, including those issued on Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, and Hanover Virginias various highways, including I-195, I-895, I-64, I-95, I-295, I-85, state road 288, Powhite Parkway and Chippenham Parkway.

We specialize in helping out of state clients who have been cited with a speeding ticket while driving in Virginia.  If you have received a speeding ticket in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, or Hanover Virginia, and live out of state, give us a call so that we can represent you in our local traffic courts.

We will defend you rights and your driving record, so give our Richmond reckless driving law firm a call today.

DUI DWI Reckless Driving Speeding Attorney Richmond Henrico Hanover Chesterfield VA

DUI, DWI, Reckless Driving, Speeding Ticket Traffic Attorney in Henrico, Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Virginia

Richmond traffic lawyer Gregory R. Hough, P.C. defends Reckless Driving, Speeding tickets and DUI DWI traffic law cases.

Law Office of Gregory R. Hough, P.C. is a Richmond Virginia DUI attorney, Richmond Reckless Driving Attorney, and Traffic Lawyer, with an office across the street from the Henrico County Traffic Court House in Henrico, Virginia. The law firm represents clients who are charged with Reckless driving, DUI, DWI, Speeding and other types of traffic violations in the Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, or Hanover Virginia areas. (See also VA Code 18.2-266 ).

It is important to retain the Law Office of Gregory R. Hough, P.C. Richmond traffic attorney as soon as possible if you are charged with Reckless driving, DUI, DWI, Speeding and other types of traffic violations in the Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, or Hanover Virginia areas.  In addition to fines, your driver’s license may be revoked or suspended in the state of Virginia. Also, depending on your BAC, you may face mandatory jail time in Virginia if convicted of a Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, or Hanover DUI or Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, or Hanover DWI.

If you wish to consult a Law Office of Gregory R. Hough, P.C. Richmond Reckless Driving attorney or Richmond traffic lawyer, please simply contact us via e-mail, phone, or by filling out our online form. The Law Office of Gregory R. Hough, P.C. will gladly consult with you regarding your Richmond Reckless Driving, Speeding or DUI traffic ticket.

To obtain a free legal consultation for DUI DWI, Reckless Driving, Speeding Tickets, or other traffic violations in the Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, or Hanover Virginia areas please contact our office using the form on the right hand side of this page or call the number listed above.

Virginia DUI DWI Commonly Asked Questions.

The following are some of the questions the clients of the Law Office of Gregory R. Hough, P.C. ask us when they have been charged with a Virginia DUI DWI offense.

  • This is my first DUI charge in Virginia. What is the law in Virginia regarding a first offense DUI?
  • Is there anything else that is going to happen to me if I get convicted of a DUI in Virginia for the first time?
  • Will I lose my license if I am convicted of 1st offense DUI in Virginia?
  • I blew a .08 at the police station. What does this mean in Virginia?
  • Is the law tougher on those who have a BAC higher than a .08 in Virginia?
  • Is there any good news regarding the revocation of my license in Virginia for a DUI/DWI? How am I going to get to work in Virginia?
  • What can I do with a restricted license in Virginia?
  • What does the implied consent test mean in Virginia?
  • If I am under the age 21, can I still be charged and convicted of a DUI in Virginia, even if my BAC was not a .08?
  • I have a CDL and I operate a commercial vehicle. Are the laws different for those who have a CDL in Virginia?
  • What will a conviction for a Virginia DUI/DWI  do to my automobile insurance rates?
  • What if I am convicted of DUI/DWI related injury in Virginia?
  • Why do I need a Law Office of Gregory R. Hough, P.C. Virginia DUI – DWI lawyer or Virginia traffic lawyer?
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This is my first DUI charge in Virginia. What is the law in Virginia regarding a first offense DUI?

A conviction for a DUI/DWI offense in Virginia is a class 1 misdemeanor.

What is a class one misdemeanor mean?

A class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or up to $2500 in fines.

Is there anything else that is going to happen to me if I get convicted of a DUI in Virginia for the first time?

Like most states, Virginia requires all individuals who have been convicted of a DUI to enter in and successfully complete an Alcohol Safety Action Program (Commonly referred to as ASAP.

Will I lose my license if I am convicted of 1st offense DUI in Virginia?

Yes, if you have been convicted of a first offense DUI in Virginia, then the law requires that you license to drive in Virginia be revoked for a period of one year.

I blew a .08 BAC at the police station. What does this mean in Virginia?

In Virginia, if you blow into the Intoxilyzer 5000 and your blood alcohol content (BAC) is a .08 or higher, the presumption is that you are DUI/DWI. If your BAC is .08 or higher, you automatically have your license suspended for seven days.  Please keep in mind that this is separate and apart from the 1 year loss of your license to drive in Virginia for one year. However, it the Commonwealth of Virginia’s burden to prove that if you are charged with refusal in Virginia, that your refusal was unreasonable.

Is the law tougher on those who have a BAC higher than a .08 in Virginia?

A BAC of .15 or higher does have mandatory penalties even for first time DUI/DWI offenders in Virginia. Please see the chart to see a comprehensive list of penalties for those who are convicted of have a BAC of .15 or higher in Virginia.

Is there any good news regarding the revocation of my license in Virginia for a DUI/DWI? How am I going to get to work?

The law does give the Court authority to grant a person who is convicted of a first offense DUI/DWI in Virginia to get a restricted license.

What can I do with a restricted license in Virginia?

The following are the different things a person with a restricted license for a DUI/DWI can do in Virginia:

  • Driving to and from VASAP (Alcohol Safety Action Program)
  • Driving to and from work
  • Driving during work hours if it is necessary for your job. (You will have to show proof that you are driving for work purposes if you are stopped during your working hours.
  • Driving to and from school
  • Driving to and from medical treatment
  • Driving to and from the daycare if you have children.
  • Driving to and from the other parent’s house if you have court ordered visitation.

What does the implied consent test mean?

By Virginia law, if you drive or operate a motor vehicle upon the public highways of Virginia, you have automatically agreed to take a chemical test by virtue of you getting behind the wheel. The test is mandatory, not optional. Failure to take the test will result in your license being immediately suspended for seven days. You will also be charged with refusal to take a breath test. If you are convicted of a refusal in Virginia, then you will lose your license for one year and you are not eligible for a restricted license. That means no driving, no matter what.

If I am under the age 21, can I still be charged and convicted of a DUI in Virginia, even if my BAC was not a .08?

If you convicted of a Virginia DUI/DWI and you are under 21, your BAC will determine what the penalty will be. If your BAC 0.02 or higher but less than 0.08, you can be fined up to $500 and have your driver’s license suspended for six months. To learn more, please read about the DUI/DWI laws and underage possession of alcohol in Virginia. However, if your BAC is .08 or higher, then your penalties will be the same as a driver over 21.

I have a CDL and I operate a commercial vehicle. Are the laws in Virginia different for those who have a CDL?

A number of our clients are commercial vehicle drivers such as truck drivers, heavy equipment operators, etc who have been charged with a Virginia DUI/DWI. Therefore, we recognize that some of our clients are faced with the daunting prospect of loosing their job if they are convicted of a Virginia DUI/DWI. The Virginia DUI laws regarding a Virginia DUI/DWI for those who possess a CDL is that there is a mandatory loss of the CDL if your BAC is.04 or higher at the time of the person operating a commercial motor vehicle. The Virginia DUI law is even more severe if the commercial vehicle operator was transporting hazardous materials at the time of the stop by the police officer. This will cause the person possessing the CDL to lose their license for three years. Again, a refusal of a blood or breath test in Virginia will result in a one year loss of the person’s CDL.

Lastly, a lot of our clients ask us what will a conviction in Virginia for a DUI/DWI do to their automobile insurance rates?

If you are convicted of a DUI/DWI in Virginia, your insurance rates will definitely go up. Car insurance companies require those who have been convicted of a DUI/DWI in Virginia to get a special type of high risk insurance called an SR-22. This is a very expensive insurance policy. If you do not get this insurance policy, your insurance company will most likely drop your insured status. If you are stopped and the officer finds out you do not have car insurance, then you will be charged with a separate offense.

What if I am convicted of DUI/DWI related injury in Virginia?

If you are convicted of a DUI/DWI and another person was hurt as a result of you driving under the influence, the penalties are significantly higher. You are strongly urged to consult with a Virginia DUI/DWI defense lawyer.

Why do I need a Law Office of Gregory R. Hough, P.C. Virginia DUI – DWI lawyer?

The media often makes it seem as if a DUI or DWI charge in Virginia are no-win situations. Because of this, many people unwittingly face a criminal system armed with unlimited resources to convict violators. However, Richmond Virginia DUI DWI lawyer Gregory R. Hough, P.C. have proven time and time again, it IS possible to defend drunk driving (DUI) charges AND to avoid DUI convictions.

The Virginia DUI – DWI law attorneys of Law Office of Gregory R. Hough, P.C. can advise you as to whether you were stopped without proper authority, subjected to fallible sobriety tests, or arrested because of inaccurate intoxilizer readings.  Unfortunately, none of this matters if you do not consult a Law Office of Gregory R. Hough, P.C. Virginia DUI – DWI law defense attorney to challenge the prosecutor’s case.

DUI offenses in Virginia result in six points on your driving record and stay on your record for eleven (11) years with the exception of the underage DUI which stays on your record for three (3) years. The following are the different driving under the under the influence offenses in Virginia:

  • Driving while intoxicated – (DWI)
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – (DUI)
  • Driving under the influence of drugs – (DUID)
  • Driving after illegally consuming alcohol (persons under age 21) – Baby DUI
  • Driving while intoxicated – maiming – (DWI)
  • Involuntary manslaughter/alcohol
  • Refusing blood/breath test
  • Driving while your license is suspended or revoked for driving while intoxicated (DOS/DWI)
  • Driving while your license is revoked for driving while intoxicated – maiming
  • Driving while your license is revoked for driving while intoxicated – involuntary manslaughter

When you hire the Law Office of Gregory R. Hough, P.C. Richmond, Virginia traffic defense lawyer or Richmond, Virginia DUI lawyer, you receive a dedicated attorney that will defend your legal rights in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Law Office of Gregory R. Hough, P.C. provides quality representation to their clients when they are called upon to defend traffic charges such as reckless driving, driving on suspended or revoked license, aggressive driving, speeding, etc.

Please keep in mind that a conviction for a Virginia moving traffic violation will result in points on your driving record and it also has the potential to significantly increase your auto insurance premiums. Additionally, most of the serious traffic charges in Virginia have an additional bite of either a suspension of your driving privilege or actual jail time or both depending on the severity of the traffic offense. Therefore, it is very important to defend even a first time Virginia traffic ticket summons. Do not take a Virginia uniform summons lightly. Call us today for a consultation with a Henrico Virginia traffic defense lawyer who understands the importance of defending you and not take your case lightly.

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