North Carolina drivers might be aware of the various penalties they can face for traffic offenses. While drivers might not think that these issues will warrant a contacting a lawyer, the consequences can be problematic. This is especially true if the violation is deemed severe enough that it leads to a driver’s license suspension. Drivers who have been convicted of speeding may face this challenge, so it is wise to consider the options to lodge a defense.
When can speeding spark a driver’s license suspension?
Drivers who are stopped and cited for speeding may have their driver’s license suspended. It will depend on the circumstances and the miles per hour they drove beyond the posted speed limit.
When a driver is accused of driving higher than 15 mph beyond the speed limit and traveling at more than 55 mph, there will be a driver’s license suspension of 30 days. If the driver was traveling at more than 80 mph overall, there will also be a 30-day suspension. The penalties will double if the driver has two speeding convictions within one year. Penalties will also double if during the same infraction, the driver was convicted of speeding and reckless driving.
Speeding can also be costly in other areas. Many people need to drive for work, transport family members or commute to school. Speeding convictions can also significantly increase what must be paid in insurance. Despite the harsh consequences, there are tactics to defend against these allegations and pursue a positive outcome with a viable criminal defense.
To fight speeding charges, professional representation can be beneficial
Although it might seem difficult, there are available avenues to have a speeding charge dismissed or to reduce the penalties. Before simply accepting the speeding ticket, a driver should have the entire case and its evidence scrutinized. Having legal advice from the start can be helpful with devising ways to proceed.