Traffic Division hears cases in which a person is charged with a traffic offense.
- Many traffic offenses can be prepaid.
- For those cases, the court appearance can be waived; that is the defendant may choose to pay his/her fine and court costs in person or by mail prior to the court date and does not need to appear in court.
The following charges require a mandatory court appearance and are NOT prepayable:
- Driving under the influence
- Driving with a suspended or revoked license
- Reckless driving
- Reckless driving to wit speeding
- Hit and run
- Texting while driving
NOTE: For a listing of prepayable traffic offenses go to www.courts.state.va.us
For more serious traffic offenses
- Court appearance may not be waived
- Must be in court on your assigned court date
- Prepayment of the fine is not an option
Some examples of these offenses include
- no insurance
- suspended permit
- no permit
- reckless driving
- altered or improper use of decals/tags
- speeding in a work zone
- habitual offender
- any drug violation
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
- If you are convicted of certain traffic violations, DMV will assess points against your driver's license.
- This is an administrative action by DMV and is in addition to any sentence imposed by the Judge.
- After conviction, DMV determines the amount of demerit points to be assessed according to the severity of the offense.
NOTE: The Judge does not have the authority to adjust or reduce points.
For more information on points, you can contact DMV.