5 Mistakes That Will Sink Your Reckless Driving Case Part B

3.   Thinking You Can Argue the Case Yourself With the Judge.  
Judges  hear hundreds of cases in a single morning.  They sit and listen to cases day in and day out.  Judges are fair and they follow the law.  You may think you have an interesting argument to make, but they have probably heard it before.    If you were planning on making the following arguments , you may want to consult with a lawyer first:
• I did not  know how fast I was going (this does not  matter; reckless driving is not a specific intent crime).
• The officer did not  read me my rights (this is not required in a traffic stop,).
• The officer did not  show me my speed on his radar or laser gun (this right was eliminated from the Virginia Code in 2007).
• I was just keeping up with traffic (not a defense).
• Everybody else was going just as fast or faster (not a defense).
• I was being tailgated (not a defense).
• I had an emergency or had to go to the bathroom (not a defense).
• I have a clean record (not a defense, but can be helpful in negotiating with the prosecutor).
• I was going downhill, had larger tires or a defective speedometer (not a defense).  
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Part C