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Careless and Reckless Driving

Did you know that reckless driving in the state of North Carolina is a criminal charge? Reckless driving in North Carolina is defined as willfully disregarding the safety of others while you are operating a motor vehicle. This definition is highly subjective and in actuality depends on the discretion of each law enforcement personnel. If you have been charged with driving recklessly, you could be facing serious punishments. Hiring a criminal defense attorney like Chad Brown can help you navigate this potentially serious criminal charge.


What Constitutes Reckless or Careless and Reckless Driving?

North Carolina General Statute section 20-140 generally defines reckless driving as:

  1. Driving a vehicle;
  2. Upon a highway or public vehicular area;
  3. Driving “carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard” of the rights and safety of others; and/or
  4. Driving without due caution and at a speed or in a manner that is dangerous to any person or property.


What Speed Is Dangerous To Any Person Or Property – and Many Other Questions

In many ways the careless and reckless statute raises more questions than it answers. For example:

What is careless and heedless?

What is a willful disregard for the rights of others?

What makes driving dangerous to a person? property?

Can speeding in and of itself be careless? heedless?

If speeding alone is the basis for my reckless driving charge – why was I also charged with speeding?

Even though the careless and reckless driving statute is far from clear, the punishments are potentially severe and much more clear.


Can I Face Jail Time For Reckless Driving?

While the reckless driving statute is unclear and left largely to the discretion of the charging officer, the punishments are well defined. Reckless driving is a Class 2 misdemeanor in the state of North Carolina. Punishments for a reckless driving conviction range from community service to active jail time with the potential for additional fines, probation, and courts costs. Lastly, as if these penalties were not enough, your insurance rates may significantly increase.


Contact Chad Brown Law Today

At Chad Brown Law we will fight to keep your careless and reckless driving charge from resulting in a criminal conviction haunting you for the rest of your life. We understand the charges that you are facing and how stressful they can be. We want to help you. If you have been charged with reckless driving, call Chad Brown today.

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