Tickets that can Suspend Your License

By Joel Hancock

Traffic Tickets in North Carolina

Receiving a traffic ticket is never a pleasant experience, but in North Carolina, certain traffic violations can have more serious consequences than just paying a fine. Some traffic offenses carry the risk of license suspension, which can significantly impact your ability to drive legally. It’s important to be aware of the traffic violations that can lead to license suspension. Here are some common tickets that can result in license suspension in North Carolina and offer insights into how to navigate these situations.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the most serious traffic offenses in North Carolina and can lead to immediate license suspension upon arrest. A DUI conviction can result in a license suspension ranging from one year to permanently, depending on factors such as prior offenses and blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level.

Excessive Speeding 

Excessive speeding, particularly at speeds well above the posted limit or in school zones or construction zones, can result in license suspension in North Carolina. Exceeding the speed limit by more than 15 mph or driving at speeds greater than 80 mph can lead to license suspension, as well as fines and other penalties.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving involves operating a vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others. Reckless driving convictions can result in license suspension in North Carolina, along with fines, points on your driving record, and potential insurance rate increases.

Driving While License Revoked (DWLR)

Driving with a revoked license is a serious offense in North Carolina and can lead to additional license suspension and criminal penalties. If your license has been revoked due to a previous traffic violation or other offense, driving while license revoked can result in further suspension and legal consequences.

Failure to Appear or Pay Fines

Failure to appear in court or pay fines for traffic violations can also lead to license suspension in North Carolina. If you fail to address a traffic ticket or comply with court orders, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) may suspend your license until you resolve the matter.

Navigating License Suspension

 If you receive a traffic ticket that carries the risk of license suspension in North Carolina, it’s essential to take prompt action to address the violation and protect your driving privileges. Some steps you can take include:

  •       Appearing in court or paying fines promptly
  •       Seeking legal advice and representation if facing serious traffic charges
  •       Attending DMV hearings to contest license suspension
  •       Completing required traffic safety courses or community service to mitigate penalties

Understanding the traffic violations that can lead to license suspension in North Carolina is essential for all drivers. By staying informed about the consequences of traffic offenses and taking proactive steps to address violations, you can protect your driving privileges and avoid the serious repercussions of license suspension. 

The Attorneys at Hancock Law Firm, PLLC Help Those in North Carolina Who Have Received a Traffic Ticket

If you find yourself facing license suspension or other legal consequences due to a traffic violation, it’s important to seek guidance from an experienced North Carolina attorney who can provide the support and representation you need.

At Hancock Law Firm, PLLC, we fully understand what is at stake and will do everything that we can to help you. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
Joel Hancock is a native of Carteret County, NC. He devotes 100% of his practice to defending those accused of traffic infractions, DWI, misdemeanors, and felonies in Carteret County, NC.