Fred Smoot booking photo

Frederick D. "Fred" Smoot

Former Washington Redskins cornerback Frederick D. "Fred" Smoot was taken into custody in Loudoun County Oct. 3 after reportedly failing to attend a court hearing in Amherst County.

Smoot, 40, of Ashburn, was served a warrant Thursday and is currently being held in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Amherst General District Court documents say that Smoot was due in court Sept. 19 following a pair of Aug. 22, 2017, traffic-related charges: driving without a license and expired registration. The hearing would also have involved three charges of being held in contempt of court during former hearings: two offenses on Sept. 7, 2017, and one offense on Sept. 4, 2018.

Smoot's next court date has been set for Oct. 15, his ninth scheduled appearance in Amherst Court since the initial two offenses.

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He needs to stay away, move away, not go through or around Amherst County. We have people running over mothers and babies around here and not going to jail....he's sitting in jail over traffic court? He needs a good team of friends and lawyers on his side


If he were illegal, it would be a non-issue.


Hate to here this about Fred such a great guy, but this is a way for the courts to make examples out of people


So the courts should do nothing, and let people miss hearings?


Amherst is going to extradite him for charges stemming from a traffic offense? There's got to be more to the story......maybe. Having had first hand experience with Amherst's traffic enforcement, it's neither flexible nor cheap (in my case about $260 for driving 50 in a 35 with no special circumstances like a school or residential zone.) I later read that Amherst issues three times the traffic tickets as any neighboring jurisdiction. Good luck Mr. Smoot!


He must have made somebody mad to get three charges of being held in contempt


In Va, driving without a license is a class 2 misdemeanor, which is a jailable offense. A capias issued for failure to appear is done by a judge, usually at the request of the prosecutor. Since Loudoun and Amherst Counties are in Va, there is no extradition. Amherst County will have to travel to Loudoun to pick him up.

Chris McHale

There was a hearing date but it got away from him.

The task of appearing was too big to tackle.

He wanted to be there but he dropped the ball.

I'm here all week. Please don't forget to top the waitress.


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