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Improper Merging Case Dismissed Because of Inaccurate Charge

Our client was a 32-year-old Roanoke man who was charged with an improper turn at an intersection. In fact he had been driving on the interstate and merged into traffic as he exited the highway onto a two-lane road. Our client was in the right-hand merge lane and entered the road’s right lane in front of an unmarked police officer. The officer pulled him over and cited him for improper merging, which is a 4-point violation in Virginia.

Our client was worried because he had a prior DUI conviction on his record and didn’t want additional points on his license or for his insurance rates to increase. He contacted the Roanoke traffic defense lawyers at Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico for help. Attorney Rick Derrico reviewed the case and found that our client had been charged with the wrong traffic violation. He was charged with an improper turn at an intersection, not the alleged merging violation.

Derrico went to court and fought our client’s ticket. Because he had been charged with the wrong traffic offense, the case was dismissed. Our client achieved his goal of avoiding more points on his license and an increase in his insurance rates.

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