Reckless Driving Defense Attorney Defends North Carolina Drivers
Serving citizens throughout Greensboro, High Point, Guilford County, North Carolina
Reckless driving or hit-and-run allegations are serious charges that can result in prohibitively higher insurance rates, multiple points on your driving record, license suspension, fines and incarceration. If you face these serious charges, you need straightforward, no-nonsense legal advice from The Law Offices of Ames Chamberlin, P.L.L.C. Ames Chamberlin is a Greensboro-based board certified specialist in state and federal criminal law focused entirely on criminal defense, and is intimately familiar with North Carolina laws governing reckless driving and hit-and-run accusations.
Defining Reckless Driving
Driving with willful or wanton destructive disregard for the safety of others is the essence of reckless driving. Often this charge arises in conjunction with other charges of careless and negligent driving, such as speeding or drag racing, and we contest those additional violations as well.
Hit-and-run driving cases in North Carolina
North Carolina law requires that you stop after you are involved in any accident, whether you hit a person, a car or another object. If someone was injured in that accident, you must render assistance. You must identify yourself and provide your insurance information. Leaving the scene of the accident without complying with these laws subjects you to a charge of hit-and-run driving.
Hit-and-run driving can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the nature and severity of the circumstances. If the collision was with a stationary object or a vehicle, and there was property damage and little or no physical injury, you likely face misdemeanor hit-and-run driving charges if you knew or reasonably should have known you were in an accident. However, a driver leaving the scene of an accident where someone was killed or seriously injured is charged with a felony. In fatality cases, one alternative charge often filed in tandem with hit-and-run driving is vehicular homicide.
Consequences of reckless driving or hit-and-run driving
There is no simple, predetermined penalty for driving offenses such as reckless driving or hit-and-run driving. The penalties depend on the category of the offense and the driver’s prior record, plus the facts of the case that lend themselves to aggravation or mitigation of the sentence. For example, was the driver drinking or driving on a suspended license? Or, alternatively, does the driver have a clean driving record with no tickets?
Because of the complexities of North Carolina’s structured sentencing scheme, most people cannot predict the consequences of a guilty plea to a hit-and-run charge. It is imperative that you meet with knowledgeable criminal traffic attorney Ames Chamberlin before you decide how to respond. The Law Offices of Ames Chamberlin is dedicated to fighting tenaciously to see these charges dismissed or reduced.
Free consultation to start defending serious North Carolina traffic misdemeanors
Contact us today for a convenient appointment at no cost to you. The Law Offices of Ames Chamberlin is in downtown Greensboro with on-site parking. Reach us online or by telephone at 336-638-1117.