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Not hiring a Lawyer for your Harrisonburg Reckless Driving charge may be a very expensive choice. Over the years many people have explained that an acquaintance told them to appear in court by themselves, enter a guilty plea and then ask for a reduction. Most of those people ended up with a conviction for reckless driving. With a good lawyer, a Harrisonburg Reckless Driving Lawyer, such cases are usually reduced or continued to be reduced upon completion of certain tasks and good behavior. Most people representing themselves in court do poorly because they do not understand how court works.
Most Judges believe their mandate from the Virginia Legislature is to be a referee, not an advocated for those charged. If the Government’s evidence showed that you were exceeding 80 miles per hour or were traveling 20 or more miles per hour over the speed limit, you will be convicted as charged. You need to hire a good lawyer to enhance your chances of a reduction or dismissal.
Someone convicted of a Virginia reckless driving charge ends up with the following:
1. A permanent criminal record;
2. Fines and costs;
3. Increased insurance—approximately $3,000 over three years and if the Judge suspends your license the insurance consequences are greater;
4. 6 points on a Virginia Driving Record and transferable to his or her home state driver’s license if not a Virginia license holder;
5. Loss of one or two days of work; and,
6. Loss of job or potential job due to criminal record — possibly tens of thousands of dollars.
As you can see, traffic charges can significantly alter one’s life. On June 11, 2015, Isaiah Battle, who played left tackle for Clemson was stopped for speeding. During that traffic stop, the officer located the contraband. Now Battle has announced that he is going to give up his college eligibility and enter the NFL supplemental draft. Battle indicated that this decision was based on family reasons. Family reasons propelled by the marijuana possession charge from the traffic stop probably.
Clemson LT Isaiah Battle was reportedly pulled over on June 11 for marijuana possession.
From Tiger Illustrated:
Extenuating circumstances are required for players to enter the supplemental draft with eligibility remaining, and that probably explains why Clemson’s official release quoted him as saying having a child on the way influenced his decision. But don’t think that his departure from Clemson was his decision only. He’d reached his last straw, and he used it.
According to Clemson Insider, who obtained a copy of the police report, Battle was pulled over after driving at a high rate of speed.
Battled was issued two citations for speeding and no proof of insurance. The officer then asked Battle about the marijuana smell coming from the vehicle and according to the incident report, “Battle stated there was no marijuana inside the vehicle and stated I could search it.”
During the search, the officer pulled out an orange and white tennis shoe, and upon grabbing the shoe’s toe he discovered there was something hard in it. He located a silver grinder inside the toe area. At that point, he again asked Battle if there was anything else inside the vehicle. Battle walked up and retrieved a black box from the console. Inside the box were three separate clear baggies with green plant material believed to be marijuana.
Battle made a terrible mistake granting permission to search his car. The Officer probably said if you do not have any illegal drugs in your car, you will not mind if I search? Law enforcement tries to confuse you into believing that denying a search is confessing to possessing contraband. Actually, it is not a confession. Handing the contraband to the Officer demonstrates dominion and control over the contraband, helping the prosecution immensely. You should always tell the Officer I do not consent to vehicle searches.
Battle had been in the lead for the starting left tackle job. Battle started all but one game during the 2014 season.