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Traffic Violations

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Traffic Tickets

Driving while license revoked

This is a serious misdemeanor offense that could cause a further period of suspension and/or possible imprisonment. At our firm, we are experienced in reviewing driving records to determine the cause of license suspensions and what can be done to have the license reinstated. The proper handling of this type of ticket by an experienced attorney can not only avoid the imposition of heavy fines and imprisonment but can also result in reducing the effect on insurance and reinstatement of a license so that future problems can be avoided.

Pleading to a charge of Driving While License Revoked, or to any moving violation during a period of revocation, will revoke your license for a minimum of one additional year, and in some cases can lead to permanent license revocation. There are ways of avoiding this extreme impact on your ability to drive.

Failure to maintain lane control

In North Carolina, there are many ways to get this type of ticket dismissed. Most of the ways are going to involve motions. For this, you are probably going to need an attorney. Failure to maintain a lane is a 3 point violation. If you do not have any other points on your license, this can cause your insurance premiums to increase by 60%… Each circumstance is different. Let us evaluate your case to determine the right path to take.

Reckless driving

A lawyer should be involved from the outset of a reckless driving charge in North Carolina. The highly specific nature of the possible penalties, including both criminal penalties and the influence of the reckless charge on a driver’s license, requires that dedicated legal counsel is involved in your case from the outset. For more insight into North Carolina’s reckless driving laws, including how your specific reckless driving case is likely to proceed, please call us for a consultation.

Leaving the scene of an accident

North Carolina has laws covering hit and run accidents. Generally, a hit and run occurs when a driver is involved in an accident with a pedestrian, another car, or a fixed object, and leaves the scene without identifying himself or herself or rendering aid to anyone who may need help. The definition of hit and run generally doesn’t include fault. The violation is committed when the driver leaves the scene, regardless of whether he or she caused the accident. Duty to stop in the event of accident or collision (NCGS section 20-166) Penalties for leaving the scene of an accident include fines and jail time and may be classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. Typically, felony hit and run occurs when a driver leaves the scene of an accident in which a driver or pedestrian has been injured. In addition, a driver who leaves the scene of an accident may also have his or her license suspended.

Distracted driving

Distracted driver accidents have become one of the most common causes of car accidents in North Carolina and across the country. Distracted driving covers a wide range. Sometimes, drivers simply look away for a second at something other than the other cars on the road. Maybe they’re fiddling with the radio or sipping hot coffee. Cell phone accidents and texting while driving accidents are the most common kind of distracted driver car accidents.

Running a red light or stop sign

If you are charged with a red light or stop sign violation, there are a number of options that can be pursued aside from just pleading guilty. Depending on your specific situation, it might be best for you to take a prayer for judgment continued (PJC), make some sort of plea agreement involving driving school or community service in exchange for a non-moving violation or a city code violation. Of course, you can always choose to go to trial. We can and will work with you to find the best solution. Attempting to handle a stop sign or red light ticket without counsel can be a huge mistake.

Passing a school bus

While many people consider passing a stopped school bus to be a minor traffic offense, law enforcement officials and traffic courts in our state take a much more serious view. If you have been given a traffic citation for passing a stopped school bus, you will want to contact our firm, who can defend you against your ticket and possibly help you avoid penalties such as license points and monetary fines. According to our state’s traffic laws, it is a misdemeanor offense to fail to stop for any school bus that is displaying its mechanical stop sign or flashing red lights and stopping to allow the receipt or discharge of passengers. Any driver approaching a stopped school bus from either direction may not attempt to pass the bus until it has stopped displaying its stop sign or flashing lights and has started to move. It is important to note, however, that a driver who is traveling on the opposite side of a road that is divided by a barrier or median does not have to stop. This exception also includes roadways with a center lane for left turns, as long as that roadway features at least four additional turns.

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