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Legal Support For Reckless Driving Tickets In Raleigh

A reckless driving ticket is a commonly charged yet serious motor vehicle violation in North Carolina. There are three types of reckless driving which are all Class 2 misdemeanors and considered “serious” moving violations, including:

  • If you drive a vehicle on a highway or public vehicular area carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard for the rights or safety of others, then you would be guilty of reckless driving.
  • If you drive a vehicle upon a highway or public vehicular area without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property, you would also be guilty of reckless driving.
  • The third offense of reckless driving involves an overloaded commercial vehicle which will be discussed in a future article.

It is not difficult to be charged with this serious offense. Often an officer will charge you with reckless driving if you receive a high-speed ticket or are involved in a motor vehicle accident. You may also be cited with reckless driving if caught “burning tires” or spinning out. Usually, a ticket for reckless driving is based upon the officer’s subjective opinion instead of objective facts, and an experienced traffic lawyer will be able to help.

Have you been charged with reckless driving in North Carolina? Take advantage of our free consultation to learn about your legal options. Call 984-600-3090.

A Guide For Your Reckless Driving Questions

Careless or reckless driving can be a serious charge that can impact your license and your insurance rates. In some cases, it could also impact your job and your lifestyle. Here are some of the questions we receive most often about careless driving.

What is considered reckless driving in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, reckless driving is defined as operating a vehicle carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others. This behavior goes beyond mere negligence and demonstrates a deliberate disregard for the law and the safety of others on the road.

What are some examples of conduct that could lead to reckless driving charges?

Examples of conduct that could result in reckless driving charges include excessive speeding, aggressive driving, racing on public roads, weaving through traffic, overtaking in a dangerous manner and ignoring traffic signals or signs. Essentially, any behavior that endangers others’ safety can lead to reckless driving charges.

What steps should I take if I am charged with reckless driving?

If you’re charged with reckless driving in North Carolina, it’s important to consult with an experienced traffic ticket lawyer. Our attorney can assess the details of your case, gather evidence, and build a strong defense strategy. It’s advisable to avoid admitting guilt and to follow your lawyer’s guidance to navigate the legal process effectively.

What are the penalties for reckless driving?

Reckless driving is a serious offense in North Carolina. Penalties can include substantial fines, potential license suspension and even jail time. The severity of the penalties depends on factors such as the circumstances of the offense, your driving record and whether anyone was harmed as a result of your actions.

Could I go to jail for reckless driving?

Yes, reckless driving convictions in North Carolina can result in jail time. The duration of potential jail sentences varies depending on the specifics of the case. Reckless driving is a Class 2 misdemeanor, and a conviction could lead to imprisonment of up to 60 days, especially if aggravating factors are present.

Do I have to appear in court for reckless driving?

In most cases, you will need to appear in court for reckless driving charges. Skipping your court appearance could lead to additional charges and a warrant for your arrest. Following the court’s instructions and attending your scheduled court date is essential.

How many points are added to my license for reckless driving?

A reckless driving conviction in North Carolina results in four points being added to your driving record. Accumulating points can lead to higher insurance premiums and potential license suspension if you amass too many points within a specific time frame. It’s vital to address reckless driving charges promptly to minimize the impact on your driving record.

A Conviction Comes With Serious Consequences

If you are convicted of reckless driving, you can receive up to a 60-day jail sentence (though this rarely happens). The worst part is that you will receive four points, which may nearly double your insurance costs over the next three years.

Our Attorney Can Help

At Cotten Law Firm, PLLC, our attorney has over 20 years of experience supporting people through reckless driving violations and other traffic ticket challenges. To make an appointment for a free consultation in our Wake County office, call 984-600-3090 or contact us online.