Failing to Signal Can Cost You Thousands of Dollars in Fines in the State of Virginia

The circumstances of a “failing to signal” citation can make this traffic violation very hard to defend in court. Essentially, the only way a police officer can ticket you for failing to signal is if he's behind your vehicle and, well, witnesses you turning or changing lanes without signaling first. It then becomes a matter of the officer's word against yours. As tough a nut as it is to crack, though, you can successfully beat a “failing to signal” citation in Virginia. The first step is to contact one of the experienced traffic lawyers at Jarrell Hicks & Waldman.

Failing to Signal Falls Under the Category of Reckless Driving

Ordinarily, you might think that occasionally failing to signal is no big deal. After all, people change lanes and make right and left turns all the time, and forgetting to signal every now and then should be perfectly understandable. The trouble is that while some police officers might be inclined to let you off with a lecture and a warning, others will go “by the book” and issue you a citation for reckless driving. A conviction for reckless driving in Virginia can result in:

  • Thousands of dollars in fines
  • Six points being added to your driving record
  • Possible jail time
  • Suspension or revocation of your license

Of course, the circumstances of your infraction will have a lot to do with the charges you eventually will face. If a police officer driving behind you on the highway sees you changing lanes without signaling first—and if that breach of etiquette results in a multi-car pileup—you're unlikely to evade a reckless driving charge (which may well be the least of your problems!). If you're a harried single mom who forgets to signal as you turn onto a deserted side street, you probably won't be ticketed—depending, of course, on the officer's mood that day.

Generally, police officers in the state of Virginia have better things to do than ticket drivers for failing to signal. Often, this charge will only be pressed in the context of other, more serious traffic violations—say, if you were also driving while intoxicated or speeding at more than 20 miles per hour above the local limit.

A Charge of Failing to Signal Can Be Successfully Defended

It may seem like a lost cause, but an experienced Virginia traffic attorney has various tricks up his sleeve when it comes to defending against “failing to signal” charges. Perhaps your signal light malfunctioned, or there was some other defect in your car that prevented you from signaling properly. Call the law firm of Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC at 888-783-9701 today for a free consultation.