Virginia Beach might be the place we call home, but it’s also a hotspot for vacationers from the midwest, up and down the east coast, and even internationally. Some people (tourists and locals included) have a little too much fun while at the beach and end up getting themselves into trouble with the law. Some of the most common charges for out-of-towners include traffic offenses like speeding, reckless driving, and DUI/DWI.
Getting a ticket or being arrested in a state other than your own can be confusing and overwhelming. One of the most common questions we get from out-of-state individuals who have received a court summons is, “Do I need to appear in person for my court date?” The answer to this question isn’t so simple. Few people want to travel back to the city or county where their case is being tried, especially if it’s for something as simple as a speeding ticket. That’s why most Virginia courts allow an attorney to appear in court on the client’s behalf. This isn’t always the case, however, and that’s why its important that the person charged contact an experienced traffic attorney (preferably one in jurisdiction where the offense occurred) to discuss their options.
Whether you received your first (or third) DUI on Interstate 64, a reckless driving ticket on the 168 Bypass or a simple speeding ticket on Rt. 13 on the Eastern Shore, it’s critical that you contact an attorney well before your court date. He or she will be able to walk you through your best options for fighting the charge and make it as easy as possible for your case to be handled, minimizing costly travel on your part. The traffic and criminal lawyers at Virginia Beach Law Group have extensive experience handling out-of-state cases and are skilled at getting our clients the best possible results.
Call our office now to schedule an appointment and speak to a qualified attorney. We have locations in Virginia Beach (757-486-4529) and Hampton (757-864-0941 ).