Speeding and Reckless Driving

In North Carolina, speeding can be either an infraction or a misdemeanor depending on how many miles per hour the officer alleges you were driving over the speed limit. Some speeding violations are misdemeanors, being tried through the criminal courts. In North Carolina, careless driving and reckless driving is a misdemeanor, and bears with it increased insurance premiums and a badly blemished driving record.

Speeding and other moving violations cause points to be added to your driving record. High point accumulations may result in court-ordered attendance at driver improvement clinics and possible driving restrictions. Some violations have higher point factors than others, and repeat violations have even larger repercussions. North Carolina views excessive point accumulation and certain other violations severe enough to suspend or cancel your driver’s license.

  • Accumulation of 12 points or more within three years may result in the suspension of your driver’s license. Then, the total points you can acquire during a three year period is reduced by one third. During this time, the period of another suspension is increased by three times.
  • To be charged with reckless driving in North Carolina means that you have been charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor, which carries up to 60 days in jail and fines up to $1,000.  A reckless driving conviction may also result in four points on your driving record.  12 points accumulated within a three year period can result in a 12 month suspension of your licenses.
  • Racing: If you are found guilty of participation in racing, gambling, providing a vehicle to be used in racing, or observing an organized race on community highways, your driver’s license will be suspended for up to three years. ____________________

You do not want to let a momentary lapse in judgement or simple error affect your record or possibly lead to prison. Jason Wilson is aware that these incidents cause stress and take up your time. Call Jason Wilson for a free consultation. Jason can evaluate your situation and help you understand your options.

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