One of the most commonly charged traffic offenses in North Carolina is Reckless driving. If you are facing reckless driving charges in North Carolina, you need to act fast.
In North Carolina, the North Carolina General Statutes, particularly § 20-140, define the offense of Reckless Driving. Under these traffic laws, reckless driving involves:
Largely, reckless driving may include any other type of dangerous behavior on the road. Forms of reckless driving may include:
Reckless driving in North Carolina is a criminal offense. Additionally, reckless driving is a Class 2 misdemeanor. This means a conviction for reckless driving will impact your criminal record. Driving recklessly is both a criminal offense and a traffic matter. It is important that you contact a North Carolina traffic attorney to know more about your reckless driving charge.
Driving at excessive speed in North Carolina may amount to the offense of reckless driving. This includes driving at speeds up to or over the following:
It is totally within the officer's discretion as to whether they will charge you with reckless driving in addition to speeding. For example, it is unlikely that a person who is allegedly speeding 85 mph in a 65 mph speed zone will face reckless driving charges. In the alternative, it is highly likely that a person driving 95 mph in a 70 mph zone will be charged with reckless driving. Additionally, many people who are charged with driving while impaired in North Carolina will also be charged with reckless driving.
Reckless driving in North Carolina will attract a wide range of criminal penalties. These include the prospect of jail time and fines. In addition, several administrative penalties are usually imposed upon conviction. These penalties include:
Clearly, driving recklessly in North Carolina involves significant consequences. However, a skilled attorney in both criminal law and reckless driving cases, can likely avoid some or all consequences with reckless driving. Sometimes it is necessary to negotiate a plea agreement. Typically, skilled negotiations result in decreased fines and license points.
Depending on the nature of your case, you may be able to have a limited driving privilege based on a case-specific basis during the suspension period. A reckless driving charge is in fact quite complex to navigate. Without a lawyer well acquainted with the county you recieved your citation, you may end up failing to explore all of your options.
Stowe Law Firm, PLLC operates out of Salisbury, NC, and surrounding counties. We have experience representing people who have reckless driving charges. Ryan Stowe is an experienced and thoroughly understands the traffic laws and defenses that may be asserted in your case. If you are facing reckless driving charges, we need to act fast to prevent a license suspension and an insurance increase. Contact us here to set up a free initial consultation. You may also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-856-9502 to get in touch with us.