John Chappell

Attorney

John Chappell has served the Dinwiddie area for more than 30 years. He specializes in traffic law, but also helps with real estate, estate planning and business law.

Practice Areas

Traffic Law

Speeding tickets and other traffic violations are an unfortunate reality of everyday life. The right legal help can prevent your car insurance from going up.

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Real Estate Law

A house or business are the biggest purchases most people will make in their lifetimes. Don’t let easily avoidable errors cost you a fortune down the road.

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Small Business Law

If you're looking to start a business, we will help you choose the proper entity to protect yourself from unnecessary taxes and liability.

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Wills, Trusts & Estates

Make sure that your belongings are distributed the way that you want, whether they're money or possessions.

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What to Do If You're Stopped for a Ticket

1.
Be polite and respectful to the police officer.

Behaving in any other manner is simply counterproductive. An officer will be less likely to see your point of view if you are obstinate.

2.
Explain extenuating circumstances before the ticket is written.

It is always best to be up front with the officer about your situation and communicate with him before his decision has been finalized.

3.
Call us for a free consultation to evaluate your options.

If you are unsure of what your course of action should be after getting a ticket, we will help advise you on the best way to proceed.

4.
Hire an attorney who is familiar with the local court.

In the event that your ticket requires defense in the courtroom, we strongly suggest that you partner with a reputable local attorney.

If you have a traffic ticket from Dinwiddie or Sussex County, you need a local attorney on your side.

Everyone who drives a car will receive a speeding ticket in their lifetime. Local knowledge is very important in traffic court. What works in one county may not work in the next. I have worked in the local courts for years and know what can work for you. I will give you an honest assessment of your case.

Let's work through your situation together

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Referrals

Is your client in need of local counsel or advice outside of your areas of practice?

I've been partnering with other attorneys and professionals for years. When you send your clients my way, they're in good hands.

Most of the people who get a traffic ticket in Dinwiddie aren’t residents of the town. They’re just passing through on their way to some other destination. If you need some help navigating the local laws, don’t be afraid to send your client our way. We have a great record of referrals from other attorneys and pride ourselves on making sure that our name isn’t tarnished through a bad referral. Your clients are in a good place when they come to us for help. We will not leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Problem solving is my biggest strength.
I always work to provide you with the most common sense solution to your problems.

One of the most important things an attorney can do is put your mind at ease. Whether your traffic ticket is expensive, the process of buying a home is stressing you out or the thought of getting your estate in order is just overwhelming, we promise that your mind will be settled after you leave our office.

We firmly believe that the mark of a good attorney is the ability to calm the mind of a client. Just like a therapist, if you leave feeling more stressed out than you were when you came, then we probably didn’t do a very good job of fixing your problems. We do our best to ensure that never happens at our firm.

However, just because we prioritize putting your mind at ease doesn’t mean that we’ll lie to you. If there is no good way to fight your traffic ticket, then we’ll tell it to you straight up. There’s no sense in dragging out a case because it wastes your time and ours. Handling things properly is just as important as handling them effectively.

We always prefer to settle a case outside of court if possible because going to trial is expensive and time-consuming. We are always civil in our negotiations but if negotiations break down, then we are wholly prepared to fight on your behalf and make sure that your problems are solved in a manner beneficial to you.