Summersville Criminal Defense Attorney
Did you receive a traffic ticket in Summersville?
Summersville is located in Nicholas County, West Virginia. With a population of just 3,572 residents as of the 2010 census, it's not all that difficult to be caught speeding or drunk driving in this quiet town. If you live in Summersville, you're probably especially aware of how U.S. Route 19 is a popular speed trap. The area has been so popular with issuing speeding tickets that several major network stations including CNN, CBS, CBC, and the BBC have featured stories on the infamous U.S. 19. Even the National Motorist Association ranked Summersville as the worst speed trap in West Virginia.
In Summersville, the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) uses a point system in order to monitor and correct the driving habits of those who live in West Virginia. The DMV assesses points for traffic violations and the more serious the offense, the more points that are assessed. For example, if you try to outrun a police officer, you will be assessed 8 points, but if you speed through a school zone, you will be assessed 6 points. On the other hand, when you are caught speeding between 10 and 14 mph above the posted speed limit, you will be assessed 3 points, versus 5 points for driving 15 mph or more above the posted speed limit.
The WV DMV assesses points for all traffic violations, regardless if they are committed in West Virginia or another state, and this is done by using the WV points schedule. For those drivers who are convicted of multiple offenses arising from one specific incident, they are assessed only the points that is suitable for the most serious offense.
When you receive a traffic ticket, the points that were assessed for the infraction will remain on your driving record for two years after the date of the conviction for that offense; the infraction itself will remain on your driving record for five years. Driver's license suspensions run consecutively in West Virginia; for example, when a driver receives points while his or her license is already suspended, the new suspension starts when the original suspension ends. However, when a driver reaches 20 or more points, then the suspension shall run concurrently.
You Can Fight Your Traffic Ticket!
When you receive a traffic ticket, it's important that you don't automatically pay your fine, because when you do, you are essentially admitting guilt. When you admit guilt, you are assessed the full penalties and the points are added to your driving record. The wiser alternative would be to immediately contact attorney Frank Walker so he can defend you in your traffic ticket case. A traffic ticket not only costs you money in fines, but it adds points to your driving record and inches you one step closer to a suspended driver's license.
For many, the worst part of a conviction is not so much the fines but the impact it has on their auto insurance rates. As if auto insurance isn't already expensive enough, when you're moved into the "high risk" category, your insurance rates can go through the roof, thereby costing you thousands of extra dollars in the upcoming years. That money would probably be much better spent going towards your savings, or that special vacation you've been dreaming of taking.
Summersville Criminal Defense Attorney
In addition to traffic ticket defense, attorney Frank Walker handles all types of misdemeanor and felony cases in West Virginia. Whether you've been arrested for DUI involving drugs or alcohol, or both, or if you've been involved in a
hit and run, we can help. We also handle all manners of
juvenile crimes such as underage DUI, using a
fake ID, breaking and entering, vandalism, or assault. We assist clients with preliminary hearings,
sex crimes and
theft crimes including shoplifting, burglary, auto theft, and robbery.
State crimes are divided into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are lower level crimes that typically involve from no jail time to 12 months in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine. Felony crimes are serious crimes that involve from one year in prison to life imprisonment. There are a number of crimes that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony offense, whether they are prosecuted as a felony or a misdemeanor is dependent upon the facts surrounding the case and the defendant's criminal history.
Why Frank Walker?
Attorney Frank Walker is one of the most sought after traffic ticket and criminal defense lawyers in West Virginia due to his reputation for being an honest and forthright, yet aggressive defense attorney. His clients choose him to represent them because of his reputation for having the ability to get things done. Attorney Walker has extensive knowledge of West Virginia's state laws as they pertain to traffic violations (moving and non-moving) as well as all levels of misdemeanor and felony crimes in the state.
He began his legal career working for the Office of Conflict Counsel (OCC) defending indigent clients who were unable to be represented by the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender because of a conflict of interest. While working for the OCC, he successfully handled hundreds of cases that ranged from simple assault all the way to murder. He eventually worked his way up to ladder until he was the second in charge, only behind Chief Counsel Richard Narvin.
After leaving the OCC, attorney Walker worked for a respected law firm where he continued his focus in the areas of civil litigation and criminal defense. In June of 2011, Frank Walker went into private practice where he could focus on helping people his way. Since opening his practice, attorney Walker has repeatedly upheld his clients rights and helped them achieve the best possible results day after day in their traffic ticket and criminal defense cases. To contact Summersville traffic ticket and criminal defense lawyer Frank Walker to schedule a free case evaluation regarding your matter, please call the firm today, we look forward to protecting your rights to the best of our abilities.
Summersville Resource Links
Criminal Defense Information Center
West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles