There is a common misperception that when a ticket is pre-paid, there are no ramifications, according to Leesburg car crash injury lawyer Doug Landau. However, Defendants who pre-pay tickets get points, just like those who go to Traffic Court, and they can pay hefty fines. They do save money as far as court costs, but an injured plaintiff’s attorney can still use the fact of their guilty plea against them in later civil court proceedings. The applicable Virginia Code section is 8.01-418 which states:
8.01-418. When plea of guilty or nolo contendere or forfeiture in criminal prosecution or traffic case admissible in civil action; proof of such plea. – Whenever, in any civil action, it is contended that any party thereto pled guilty or nolo contendere or suffered a forfeiture in a prosecution for a criminal offense or traffic infraction which arose out of the same occurrence upon which the civil action is based, evidence of said plea or forfeiture as shown by the records of the criminal court shall be admissible. Where the records of the court in which such prosecution was had are silent or ambiguous as to whether or not such plea was made or forfeiture occurred the court hearing the civil case shall admit such evidence on the question of such plea or forfeiture as may be relevant, and the question of whether such plea was made or forfeiture suffered shall be a question for the court to determine.
If you, or someone you know, has been injured in a car crash accident, please e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU (703-796-9555) BEFORE the Traffic Court date. We have FREE information that can help you, even if we do not end up representing you.