Traffic Violations

Traffic Violations Statesville Traffic Violations AttorneysProtecting Your Driving Privileges in North Carolina

If you are facing conviction for a traffic citation in North Carolina, it is important that you understand such a conviction will not only affect your criminal record, but also your driving privileges. At Gottholm, Ralston & Benton, PLLC, our Taylorsville and Statesville traffic violations lawyers understand the consequences you are facing. We will all work hard to protect your rights and your driver's license now and in the future.

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From a speeding ticket to a seat belt violation, traffic tickets can have major consequences that affect your license and your insurance premiums for years to come. A licensed driver in North Carolina faces a suspension of his or her license with the accumulation of 12 Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) points in a three-year period. Those points are also reflected in your insurance premiums. Our criminal defense attorneys can help you understand how any traffic violation will affect your driving record, including traffic violations such as:

  • Failure to yield
  • Failure to stop
  • Speeding tickets
  • Reckless driving
  • Careless driving
  • Driving on a revoked license
  • Driving without insurance
  • Driving without a license
  • Improper tags
  • All other non-moving and moving violations

North Carolina may, in certain situations, report convictions for moving violations to other state's licensing departments as well. Being located at the crossroads of I-40 and I-77, we represent clients from across America and understand their particular needs. Most traffic violations do not require presence in court, and most times we can handle the matter on your behalf. Our goal is to minimize the effects a traffic violation may have on your driver's license and insurance.

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We can protect your rights in criminal court and help to minimize the effects a traffic violation may have on your driver's license and insurance. From our offices in Statesville and Taylorsville, we represent clients in Alexander, Catawba, Davie, Iredell, Rowan, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Contact our traffic violations law firm today for more information about your options.

Traffic Violations and the North Carolina Point System

The North Carolina Department of Insurance Safe Driver Incentive Program allows insurers to charge higher premiums to drivers convicted of certain offenses. The following two tables set out the rate of premium increase automobile insurance companies are authorized to assess, and the type of conviction those points are derived from. The third table lists North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle points, also known as driver's license points, and the type of convictions that accrue those points.

Points% of Rate IncreasePoints% of Rate Increase
125%7160%
245%8190%
360%9225%
480%10260%
5105%11300%
6130%12340%
Insurance PointsConvictions and At-Fault Accidents
12

Manslaughter or negligent homicide

Prearranged highway racing or lending a car for prearranged highway racing

Hit-and-run resulting in bodily injury or death

Driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more

Driving commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .04 or more

Driving while impaired

Transporting illegal intoxication liquor for sale

10

Highway racing or lending a car for highway racing

Speeding to elude arrest

8

Driving during revocation or suspension of license or registration

Aggressive driving

4

Reckless driving

Hit-and-run resulting in property damage only

Passing a stopped school bus

Speeding in excess of 75 mph when the speed limit is less than 70 mph

Speeding in excess of 80 mph when the speed limit is 70 mph or greater

Driving by a person less than age 21 after consuming alcohol or drugs

3At-fault accident resulting in death or total bodily injury* (to all person) in excess of $1,800; OR resulting in total property damage (including to insured's own property) of $3,000 or more
2

Illegal passing

Following too closely

Driving on wrong side of the road

At-fault accident resulting in total property damage (including damage to insured's own property) in excess of $1,800 but less than $3,000

Speeding more than 10 mph over the speed limit provided the total speed is in excess of 55 mph but less than 76 mph

Speeding 10 mph or less in excess of speed zone of 55 mph or greater

1

All other moving violations

At-fault accident resulting in bodily injury* (to all persons) of $1,800 or less; OR resulting in property damage (including damage to insured's own property) of $1,800 or less

Speeding 10 mph or less in excess of speed limit of less than 55 mph

*No insurance points will apply for bodily injury if the insured furnishes proof that the medical costs were incurred solely for diagnostic purposes.
NC DMV PointsConvictions
12Driving while impaired
5

Passing a stopped school bus

Aggressive driving

4

Reckless driving

Hit-and-run, property damage only

Illegal passing

Following too closely

Driving on the wrong side of the road

Failure to yield right of way to pedestrian

Failure to yield right of way to bicycle, motor scooter or motorcycle

3

Driving with no license or a license expired for more than a year

Stop light or stop sign violation

Speeding in excess of 55 mph

Failing to yield right of way

Failure to stop for siren

No liability insurance

Speeding in a school zone in excess of the posted speed limit

Failure to report accident where such report is required

Driving through safety zone

2

Failure to properly restrain a child in a restraint or seat belt

All other moving violations

1Littering

Source: http://www.ncdot.org/dmv/driver_services/drivershandbook/download/NCDL_English.pdf