Fairfax County Traffic Court: Stress Elimination Tips

Fairfax County Traffic Court:
Stress Elimination Tips for Defendants

Fairfax County Traffic Court Lawyer

This post is less about the appropriateness of feeling stressed about a charge, and more about gaining insight from a practicing Virginia criminal lawyer and Fairfax traffic attorney in Northern Virginia. There are indeed ways  you can mitigate or even eliminate some of the most common sources of stress before a court date.

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Do not worry about something you have no control over. Do work to eliminate or mitigate the sources of stress you can control. For some people, a court date weeks away is a terrifying source of panic and anxiety.  To help people learn how to cope with pre-trial stress and anxiety, I have created two lists: the first lists four common sources of stress, and how people can take action to control or mitigate.  The second category relates to case results.

Keep in mind: the best attorney in the world does not have the ability to tell you how your case will turn out. No attorney is allowed to tell a client precisely what the result of a case will be. So eliminating this desire to demand immediate answers is important for your relationship and mood. Patience is also key.

Category 1: Stress Sources Unrelated to Case Result

You may wish to bookmark our Fairfax County Traffic Court tips page (some of our Virginia reckless driving and speeding clients have printed our Fairfax County Traffic Court tips page out and used it to ensure their court appearance went off without a hitch.

  • Getting to court on time.
    Solution: arrive a full hour before your hearing. Look for the parking garage, and remember it will take 30 minutes to walk from your car, through the entrance of the court, and through security.
  • Publicly speaking in front of 100 or more strangers, attorneys, and the judge.
    Solution: hire an attorney to assist you with the case. The truth is, people who hire attorneys get better results. This is undisputed. Another reason that often goes overlooked is the guidance the best Virginia traffic attorneys provide (legal, and practical).
  • Saying the wrong thing, or getting admonished by a judge in an embarrassing way.Solution: if you intend to plead not guilty, then be prepared to go to trial. To be perfectly honest, most people who represent themselves do make statements or fail to make objections and it is embarrassing…but only to those who know the law. And as someone who knows the law, I can tell you that it will be obvious you do not, but no attorney or judge will laugh at you for this. In other words, 99% of the people in the courtroom will not even know you have said the wrong thing, if in fact you do. If you plead guilty, the judge may give you a chance to say something. If you say something reasonable, no one is going to laugh at you or judge you.
  • Embarrassed by the charge, having to talk about it, and/or think about it.Solution: let your lawyer worry about the case, and simply do not talk about the case with anyone but your attorney. If someone asks why you refuse to talk about it, tell them your lawyer instructed not to do so.

Category 2: Stress Sources Related to Case Result

*most judges in Northern Virginia (based on my experience and observations) would not impose the maximum sentence, unless something about the case stands out, such as:

  • the circumstances of the alleged violation are particularly egregious
  • the behavior demonstrated a disregard (completely and obviously) of property and/or safety of others
  • aggravating facts, such as a young child in the vehicle when stopped on suspicion of DWI
  • the defendant’s record is horrible
  • someone was hurt or injured as a result of the driving behavior

The employment issues you could face, if convicted, ought to be addressed once the case has been finalized. But you should still tell your local Virginia criminal lawyer that your goal is to reach a case disposition that allows you to qualify to petition the court for expungement. Expunging a record does not completely destroy it, but it does add a layer of protection to your information, by sealing the record and making it only accessible by court order.

The Fairfax County Traffic Court is not limited to hearing just traffic infractions

An infraction is a violation of the law, but not criminal in nature (infractions are reported on your driving record, while criminal charges and convictions are reported on your adult criminal record). Infractions never result in jail time, unless it violates terms of probation. Most moving vehicle violations are, of course, infractions. But some traffic-related charges are criminal misdemeanors or felonies. People can, and do go to jail for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, driving on suspended or revoked license, hit and run, and many others.

Some people choose to call one, two, or three or more Fairfax criminal lawyers. Ask for a consultation over the phone and price quote. Then choose the one who has answered your questions to the best of your satisfaction.

Give us a call at 703.695.3719703.695.3719,

a Virginia Criminal Lawyer — our Fairfax Traffic Attorney
will be happy to discuss your most pressing concerns.

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Brenton D. Vincenzes is a lifelong Fairfax County resident and Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College of DUI Defense, NORML, and has been awarded the following in 2014-15: Top 100 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Defense Attorney (National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys) 10 Best in Client Satisfaction for Criminal Defense (American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys) Nationally Ranked Top 1% Attorney Award Recipient (National Association of Distinguished Counsel) As a local leader, Mr. Vincenzes mentors troubled youths, volunteers his time to serve at his church, takes select pro bono clients, and strives to improve the community. Mr. Vincenzes represents men, women, and juveniles through zealous and diligent advocacy, strategic planning, and skilled trial work preparation. Mr. Vincenzes' areas of criminal law practice are broad, and include most felonies and misdemeanors such as: reckless driving, DUI & DWI, drug offenses, assault and battery, domestic violence, assault on an officer, destruction of property, alcohol offenses, firearm offenses, larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement, fraud, and other theft offenses, and moving traffic violations among others. His private legal services are available in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions, including Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Stafford County, Alexandria, Manassas, Leesburg, South Riding, and other cities and towns.

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