Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC

Traffic Defense 

Many traffic violations are treated by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and traffic courts as minor infractions. Yet there are others, like DUI/DWIs, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license that carry more severe penalties that may include a fine up to $2500 and up to a year in jail, depending upon the facts and circumstances of the case. Even moving violations or speeding tickets can potentially result in license suspension and increases your auto insurance costs. Working with an experienced and qualified traffic defense attorney may make a critical difference in the outcome of your traffic violation case.

Protect your driving record with experienced representation

Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC know how to best protect your rights. Consult with us before you pre-pay any tickets or make any court appearances. Securing the most desirable outcome for your traffic violation case can be more complex than it may seem on the surface. Particularly, DUI/DWI cases often require complex technical, science-based and/or constitutional defenses. We will candidly present you with options for how your case can be resolved, and then fight zealously on your behalf.

A qualified traffic defense attorney can help you avoid unwanted DMV demerit points, a record of the traffic conviction on your driver’s history transcript, insurance increases and generally help you maximize your ability to protect your driving record. We can assist you with any of the following violations, to name a few:

  • Moving violations
  • Speeding
  • Improper passing or lane change
  • Running a red light
  • Failure to stop after an accident
  • Hit and run
  • Improper turn
  • Failure to obey highway sign and failure to yield
  • Failure to stop for a school bus or emergency vehicle
  • Failure to move over
  • DUI/DWI
  • Reckless driving
  • Improper or expired plates
  • Driving without insurance
  • Driving while license suspended or revoked

Defending a DUI/DWI charge

DUI and DWI charges are among the more severe traffic offenses. The potential penalties for a conviction in Virginia range dependent upon the individual. Most convictions will result in the following, depending on whether it is a first, second, third or subsequent conviction:

  • Fines
  • Screening for substance abuse
  • Community service
  • Suspension of driver's license
  • Point charges against the defendant's license
  • Felony conviction with jail or prison time

We are highly experienced in handling all manner of DUI and DWI cases.

Contact the firm today

If you are charged with a traffic violation, do not hesitate to contact Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC today.