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Defending Against Reckless Driving Charges in North Carolina

Reckless driving is a serious criminal charge that can have a lasting impact on your life. If you are convicted, you will have a criminal record that can impact your capability to get a job, find housing, or secure a loan. You will also face significant fines and the possibility of jail time. At Chesnutt & Clemmons, we understand the serious consequences you are facing and are here to provide the strong legal guidance you need. Our New Bern reckless driving attorneys will work diligently to build a strong defense on your behalf and fight to protect your rights and your future.


Call Chesnutt & Clemmons today at (252) 300-0133 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our reckless driving attorney in New Bern.


What is Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving is considered a serious traffic offense that goes beyond simple traffic violations. In North Carolina, it is defined as operating a vehicle with a willful disregard for the safety of others or property. This can encompass a wide spectrum of behaviors, such as excessive speeding, aggressive driving, or knowingly ignoring traffic signals.

The key element in reckless driving cases is the intent to disregard safety. It's important to note that even if there was no actual harm caused, the act of driving recklessly itself is enough to warrant legal consequences. Understanding the specific actions that constitute reckless driving is crucial for anyone facing such charges.

What are the Penalties for Reckless Driving in North Carolina?

The penalties for reckless driving in North Carolina can be severe and may have endless consequences. Offenders may face fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment. The severity of the penalties often depends on factors such as the degree of recklessness, prior driving record, and whether the incident resulted in injury or property damage.

For a first-time offender, reckless driving is typically charged as a Class 2 misdemeanor. Convictions can result in fines, probation, and a potential increase in insurance premiums. Repeat offenders or cases involving more egregious behavior may escalate to a Class 1 misdemeanor, carrying more severe consequences.

Additionally, reckless driving convictions can lead to points on your driving record, which may impact insurance rates and, in some cases, could lead to the revocation of your driving privileges. It is imperative to seek legal counsel promptly to explore options for mitigating these potential penalties.

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Defenses Against Reckless Driving Charges

Mounting a successful defense against reckless driving charges requires a comprehensive understanding of the law and a keen eye for details. At Chesnutt & Clemmons, we examine the circumstances surrounding each case to identify potential defenses.

Common defenses against reckless driving charges may include challenging the evidence presented, questioning the accuracy of speed-measuring devices, or arguing that the driving behavior did not meet the legal threshold for recklessness. We are adept at crafting tailored defenses based on the unique circumstances of each case, ensuring that every avenue is explored to secure the best possible outcome for our clients.

Contact Our Reckless Driving Attorney in New Bern Today

If you or a loved one is facing reckless driving charges, time is of the essence. Swift action is crucial to building a strong defense and protecting your rights. Our New Bern reckless driving lawyers at Chesnutt & Clemmons are ready to stand by your side and guide you through the legal process. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss the details of your case. We are committed to providing personalized and strategic legal representation to help you navigate the complexities of reckless driving charges. Let us be your advocate in the pursuit of a favorable resolution to your reckless driving case.


Contact Chesnutt & Clemmons today to get started with our New Bern reckless driving lawyer.


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