As the county seat of Carteret County and a recreation destination, Beaufort gets more traffic than you’d expect for a small town of 4,400 year-round residents. Tourist attractions such as the North Carolina Maritime Museum, the Beaufort Music Festival, the BARTA Fishing Tournament, the Beaufort Pirate Invasion and the Beaufort Wine and Food Festival attract cars from near and far. This often leads to enhanced enforcement of traffic rules and substantial fines for violators. Getting a ticket might also result in license points and higher insurance premiums. If you’re cited for a moving violation in the Beaufort area, the Carolina Law Group is ready to help. We thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your alleged violation to discover ways we can raise doubt about the allegations in your case. When you retain our services, you get a determined legal team, focused on results.
Though much of Beaufort consists of narrow streets with moderate traffic, U.S. Route 70 does pass directly through town. Motorists passing through Beaufort are often flagged for:
These infractions come with heavy fines and license penalty points. North Carolina will suspend a driver’s license if they accumulate 12 points in three years, or eight points in three years following reinstatement of a suspended license. Insurance companies also don’t like penalty points, and they seize the opportunity to increase your rates as your total goes up. When you add up all the negative consequences, your ticket can be pretty expensive over time. The best course might be to fight that ticket with the assistance of a capable defense attorney.
Some violations carry much more severe penalties than the standard moving violation. In North Carolina, reckless driving is a Class 2 misdemeanor. A conviction is punishable by up to 30 days in jail for a first offense, as well as a fine of up to $1,000. If you have a prior conviction, you could serve as many as 60 days in jail.
Reckless driving means you were operating the vehicle “carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others,” or “without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property.” However, reckless driving is somewhat subjective and there might be extenuating circumstances that form the basis of a strong defense.
Our attorneys also defend drivers arrested on suspicion of DUI/DWI. Again, this is not just a traffic violation. You face jail time, fines and the suspension of your license, even for a first drunk driving offense. If you do receive a license suspension for this or any other offense, you could be facing Class 3 or Class 1 misdemeanor charges if you are caught.
To fight any of these serious traffic charges, you need professional representation from a skilled and determined criminal defense lawyer.
Carolina Law Group defends clients accused of a wide range of traffic violations throughout the Beaufort area. To discuss your options with an experienced North Carolina attorney, please call 252-672-2059 or contact us online. Our Beaufort office is located at 214 Pollock Street, just a short walk from the Carteret County Courthouse.