A reckless driving conviction could lead to a license suspension and possibly start a process that results in the loss of your driving privileges or even spending time behind bars. Carolina Law Group, headed by Tommy Kellis, is a New Bern law firm dedicated to helping North Carolina clients avoid unjust punishment. If you have been accused of reckless driving because a police officer says you were speeding, weaving between lanes or engaging in some other type of careless driving behavior, we will fight for your rights and press for a favorable outcome. We assist clients in Craven County and throughout the surrounding area.
There are two descriptions in North Carolina for what constitutes reckless driving. One is the careless operation of a vehicle in willful disregard of others’ rights or safety. You can also be charged if a police officer believes you are driving without caution or circumspection and at a speed or in a manner that is likely to endanger people or property. While these cases are often based on subjective observations, driving at least 15 miles per hour over the speed limit on a road where the limit is 55 miles per hour or higher is legally classified as reckless driving. Other examples of alleged motorist conduct that gives rise to reckless driving counts include weaving between lanes, putting pedestrians at risk, disobeying traffic signs and driving aggressively.
Reckless driving is a Class 2 misdemeanor under North Carolina law. Someone who is found guilty of reckless driving could face up to 60 days in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine. Our firm works to find alternatives to incarceration, such as community service or intermediate punishment, which is a form of probation under which the convicted individual might be required to meet certain conditions. Speeding-related reckless driving allegations and multiple offenses within a 12-month period also subject the motorist to license suspension.
There are many different ways in which a baseless reckless driving charge might be brought against a motorist. A police officer might mistake one car for another. In other situations, an unexpected driving maneuver meant to avoid an accident could look like carelessness behind the wheel. You might have been swerving to avoid a road danger or been temporarily hampered by a slight malfunction. As experienced traffic defense attorneys, we’ve worked with drivers who are accused unfairly because law enforcement lacked a full understanding of the situation. You can count us to push back against unwarranted allegations and cases that are overcharged by prosecutors.
The Carolina Law Group in New Bern advocates on behalf of motorists who have been accused of reckless driving. To discuss your case with an experienced North Carolina attorney, please call 252-636-3737 or contact us online. We serve clients throughout Craven County.