If you think violating a traffic law is easily rectified by paying your ticket, think again. While it’s true that paying fines prevents a need for court hearings, you may not realize that committing an offense can lead to other penalties. To help you avoid traffic violations in the state of North Carolina, here’s a list of a few of the most common driving offenses and their consequences.
Traffic Law Violations & Their Penalties
Going faster than the posted speed limit is one of the most common traffic law violations. Speed limits are set to accommodate the best flow of traffic with the least likelihood of accidents. Take note that if you cause an accident while speeding, you may also be charged with reckless driving, which carries an additional set of penalties.
In North Carolina, the absolute speed limit law makes you guilty of speeding even if you go over the limit by one mile. Be prepared to pay a fine of $10 up to $1000, depending on your offense. If you commit a reckless driving misdemeanor, your license can be suspended for up to a year, and you can go to jail for a maximum of 30 days. Three points will also be added on your driving record if you plead guilty to speeding.
2. Driving Without a License
North Carolina can suspend and revoke your driver’s license for several reasons, and this includes having too many points on your record. If you insist on driving even without your license, you could be charged with a misdemeanor when you get caught. This may result in a $200 fine and up to 20 days in jail. If your license was suspended for a DWI, you may end up in jail for up to 120 days and your fine is up to the judge.
3. Hit and Run
North Carolina makes it illegal for drivers to leave and ignore the scene of an accident. The charges that you could end up dealing with include failing to stop, failing to contact the police, failing to assist, and failing to provide information. Depending on your circumstances, you could be looking at a misdemeanor or felony conviction. Penalties include discretionary fines, jail or prison sentence of 120 days to 25 months, and 4 to 12 points on your driving record.
Serving Winston-Salem, NC, and the surrounding counties, Wood & Rabil, LLP Attorneys At Law help you in the event of a traffic violation. They offer compassionate and skillful legal representation to assist with many types of cases. They have over 80 years of combined experience and truly care about their clients. Learn more about traffic law on their website or call (336) 722-5700 for a free consultation.