You might realize that even one speeding ticket in North Carolina could cause you to lose your driving privileges for at least a month. Having a strong lawyer on your side might be the answer if you are concerned about a license suspension, fine and higher insurance costs after a police officer says you exceeded the speed limit. Carolina Law Group in Morehead City, headed by Tommy Kellis, handles speeding cases and other matters stemming from alleged traffic offenses and will work tirelessly to defeat an unfair citation or negotiate more favorable penalty terms on your behalf.
North Carolina motorists are required to drive at a speed that is reasonable and prudent given the particular conditions. This means that it might be possible to receive a speeding ticket when driving is hazardous or in a construction zone even if you are usually allowed to go that fast on a normal day. Regardless of the circumstances, you are not permitted to drive above the posted speed limit or the absolute maximum based on the location. Inside municipal corporate limits, the state speed limit is 25 miles per hour. Unless a lower rate is posted, passenger vehicles cannot legally go faster than 55 mph outside municipal corporate limits, except for the interstate highways, where the top speed limit is 70 mph.
In the event that a speeding ticket is issued to someone going between one and five miles per hour, the court fee can increase your total cost to an amount closer to $200 or greater. You likely also will have to pay a higher insurance rate upon a conviction and will incur points that could lead to a license suspension. Speeding convictions where a car was clocked at more than 80 miles per hour trigger a 30-day license suspension. This is also the penalty for drivers traveling more than 15 miles per hour over a posted speed limit that is at least 55 miles per hour.
Most states share information on driving infractions. Accordingly, a speeding offense that would qualify for a license suspension under North Carolina law can be used against you even if you were in another state at the time. Likewise, auto insurance companies do not worry about where a violation occurred when they look to raise rates following a speeding conviction.
Many drivers charged with speeding assume that the best way out is to pay the fine and move on, even if they believe the officer made a mistake. Unfortunately, some of these motorists only understand the negative impact of admitting guilt after it’s too late to change their decision. Police officers make mistakes and equipment fails. However, if you don’t challenge the allegation, you might never realize that your citation was based on an error or intentional misconduct. Our traffic defense attorneys know how to spot problems and can challenge the prosecutor to reduce the charge or drop the case completely based on what we’ve found.
The Carolina Law Group defends motorists who are accused of speeding throughout North Carolina. Please call us at 252-636-3737 or contact us online for an appointment to discuss your case. Our office is in Morehead City and we serve clients in Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Newport and other area communities.