What Would You Do if You Lost Your Ability to Drive?
Your driver’s license doesn’t just give you legal authorization to drive a car. Your driver’s license enables you to put a roof over your head and food on the table. Without our cars, most of us can’t get to work, visit our friends, go to the grocery store, or take our children to the doctor’s office or after-school activities. Your driver’s license empowers you to live your life.
But all that can be taken away from you.
Because you depend so much on your ability to drive, you need to make wise decisions when charged with a driving-related offense. Choose wisely by hiring an experienced traffic defense attorney to protect your ability to drive legally. Here’s why.
Being Convicted of a Traffic Offense Can Affect You More Than You Might Think.
While you might consider the ability to drive on Virginia’s roads to be a right, the Commonwealth considers it a privilege. That distinction is important, because it affects how and under what circumstances the Commonwealth will suspend or revoke your ability to drive legally in Virginia.
You must also consider how a driving-related conviction, even for a simple speeding ticket, might affect your insurance premium. If you hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL), certain driving-related convictions might cost you your job, even if you were pulled over while in your personal vehicle on your own time.
For those visiting Virginia who are convicted of a driving offense committed while driving through Virginia, be aware that your home state can learn of your conviction because of information-sharing agreements with Virginia. Some states will suspend the driver’s license of one of their own residents if that resident’s driving privileges are suspended in Virginia.
To recap, a conviction for speeding or other traffic offense can have wide-ranging impacts on:
- Your driver’s license (even if you have an out-of-state license, such as a North Carolina driver’s license);
- Your commercial driver’s license (CDL); and
- Your auto insurance premium.
Let Our Experienced Traffic Defense Lawyers Protect Your License to Drive!
The lawyers at Hawthorne & Hawthorne are experienced in the courtroom and are able to provide you with competent defense for both major and minor traffic offenses, such as speeding tickets, reckless driving, DUIs, driving without a license, driving on a suspended license, and driving on a revoked license.
Our attorneys are familiar with local courts throughout Southside Virginia, including the courts in Amelia County, Appomattox County, Buckingham County, Brunswick County, Campbell County, Charlotte County, Cumberland County, Dinwiddie County, Halifax County, Lunenburg County, Mecklenburg County, Nottoway County, and Prince Edward County.
If you have been charged with a driving-related offense in Southside Virginia, contact one of our skilled traffic defense attorneys to schedule your consultation without delay!