Today, it felt like everyone was out to get you. First, the cashier at the store forgot to give you one of the bags full of your purchases. Then, a waiter knocks a glass of water off of his tray and it lands in your lap—to say you’ve had a bad day is an understatement.
You just wanted to get home, pull down the shades, and relax, but driving on Interstate 95 was another test on your patience. It seemed like every large truck was on the road at the same time, and driving near these enormous vehicles in your small car is stressful.
In order to get away from the 18-wheelers, you switched lanes a few times until you were in the clear, but an officer misconstrued your actions as driving aggressively.
Should You Hire a Lawyer?
You received notice of your court date and are nervous because you don’t want anything on your record, particularly for something that you didn’t do. You’ve thought about hiring an attorney for the hearing, but is it something you really need? In a word, yes, and here’s why:
- You’re facing jail time. Aggressive driving is a Class 2 misdemeanor in Virginia, and that comes with a possible six months in jail. Attempting to prove to a judge yourself that you weren’t breaking the law is risky, and if things don’t go the way you want them to, the result is time behind bars.
- The fines are more expensive than lawyers’ fees. If money is an issue, consider this: you may have to pay $1,000 in fines, plus court fees if found guilty. A lawyer’s fees are typically less expensive than the fees, and if successful, you won’t have criminal charges on your record for this incident.
The Easley Law Firm Is Ready to Fight for You
Along with jail time and fines, you also face points on your license and a possible suspension. If you want to increase your chances of not having these penalties against you, hiring an attorney is your best bet.
Contact the Easley Law Firm today to speak with an attorney about your situation and find out what we can do for you.