My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: VA
Last July I was stopped in Henrico Co and issued a reckless driving 91/70.
I had a horrible experience. 2 kids in the car (one autistic) and 2 dogs. We were on our way to Norfolk to meet my husband who is a navy officer and was returning from a 6 month deployment. I had the car on cruise control at 77 and I admit that I turned to my kids to stop them from fighting and I hit the gas. Regardless I understand that I was clearly speeding and immediately reduced the speed.
The problem began when the trooper approached me and was clearly not polite or friendly. Needless to say, I cooperated and understood his explanation of the seriousness of the violation. At this point my autistic son was becoming very irritable and restless, I was becoming frustrated with the situation and asked the trooper what are my options since I do not reside in the area. At this point he raised his voice, told me to get out of the car and handcuffed me saying that I am endangering the lives of my children and that I refused to sign the summons. I was flabbergasted at his actions given that I was being cooperative and he never even handed the summons to me to sign. He proceeded to have my vehicle towed, my children taken with another trooper and my poor dogs in the car in a 100 degree weather with no ac.
I demanded that he would call a supervisor because I felt he was taking his actions a bit too far (even though I am fully aware that reckless driving is an arrest able offense however, majority of the offenders are not dragged to jail) he refused to call his supervisor and when the second trooper arrived to take my kids I proceeded to tell him what happened. Eventually on the way to the magistrates office his supervisor called and the trooper confessed that he never did give me the summons to sign. Needless to say, we were all dragged to the magistrates office, dogs to the animal control and my 5 and 9 year olds in panic.
I was not booked and immediately released. Plus I had to pay for the tow of my vehicle.
Now about me. I'm a 40 yo stay at home mom, clean driving record, and no criminal record. I was an investigator for the State of Florida for 7 years and an investigator with the District of Columbia where my job was to investigate police misconduct.
Immediately retained an attorney. The attorney presented my case in my absence and was unable to reduce my charge. The trooper testified that I was uncooperative, used explicit language and was and gave him a hard time. The judge sided with the trooper and I am stuck with this conviction on my record and $836 fine.
As far as going back to my former career, I can kiss that goodbye but how do I appeal within 10 days?
And As for my attorney, he has yet to call me with further legal advice
If filling a complaint against the trooper, will that have repercussions if I appeal the case?
Does anyone know the process of appeals? Website? Do I have to appeal in person?
Any advice is appreciated.