Traffic offenses are by far the most frequent reason that people find themselves embroiled in the criminal justice system. According to insurer Esurance.com, Virginia ranks 7th in the number of traffic citations issued each year. Even a simple traffic offense such as speeding or failing to stop at a stop sign can lead to an increase in your car insurance rates, hefty court fines and costs, and employment consequences.
One of the most important concerns encountered by people who have been arrested is ensuring that they remain out on bond or have a bond hearing prior to trial. The Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees that "excessive bail shall not be required." This means you should either be granted a bond by a magistrate or be able to schedule a bond hearing immediately. While the right to remain free pending trial is constitutionally based, in practice the procedures governing bond in Virginia have been set by the General Assembly. Va. Code Sec. 19.2-120 states generally that a person should be admitted to bail, though goes on to list a number of exceptions to this rule.