North Carolina Reckless Driving Lawyer

Unfortunately, recklessness is common on North Carolina’s roads and highways. Speeding, running a red light, or illegal lane changes are all examples of reckless driving. Despite seeming like minor traffic infractions, reckless driving is a serious criminal offense beyond a traffic ticket. These offenses could carry hefty penalties such as time behind bars, unlike a traffic ticket.

If you have been charged with reckless driving in North Carolina, do not hesitate to contact an experienced reckless driving lawyer. At King Law, our seasoned attorneys have extensive experience defending our clients against reckless driving charges and achieving favorable outcomes for their cases. When you partner with us, your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation into your case to prepare the best possible defense for your unique situation.

Common Types of Reckless Driving in North Carolina

Since driving is something that many individuals do daily, many become desensitized to the dangers. While recklessness behind the wheel is common, the behaviors could result in severe injuries if an accident was caused and harsh penalties for those convicted. Some common examples of reckless driving include:


Ignoring posted speed limits can make a car, truck, or motorcycle much more challenging to control. Speeding also has a significant impact on driver reaction times, meaning those that choose to speed are often unable to stop in time when the unexpected occurs. In North Carolina, going 25 MPH or more above the speed limit is a criminal offense.


Tailgating occurs when one driver follows aggressively or unnecessarily close behind another. This behavior is considered reckless and could result in rear-end accidents or multi-car pile-ups. 

Street Racing

Engaging in a speed competition with another driver recklessly endangers the lives of other individuals on the road. It can be challenging to pay attention to other drivers, traffic signals, or unexpected obstacles when racing. A street race can lead to deadly high-speed crashes if something goes wrong. 

Weaving in and Out of Traffic

Making sudden lane changes can be disastrous for drivers on North Carolina’s roads and highways. Weaving in and out of traffic makes it less likely for the driver to see dangers such as other cars in their blind spot as they change lanes. While this behavior is common, it is still considered reckless by authorities. 

Ignoring Stop Signs or Red Lights

Many North Carolina drivers may run a red light or roll past a stop sign from time to time. Unfortunately, this behavior can lead to fatal t-bone collisions. Even if you believe the way is clear, the best way to avoid a crash or reckless driving charge is to make a complete stop at red lights and stop signs.

Penalties for Reckless Driving Charges in North Carolina

If an officer observes them in isolation, many of the above offenses may result in a traffic ticket. However, if an individual engages in multiple or severe reckless behaviors, they may be charged with the criminal offense of reckless driving. 

Reckless driving is charged as a class two misdemeanor in North Carolina. While misdemeanors carry lighter sentences than felonies, they can still significantly impact your life. If you are found guilty of reckless driving, you may be sentenced to up to two months behind bars and a $1,000 fine. You may also be subject to a license suspension if you have a prior conviction or were found guilty of going over 15 MPH over the posted speed limit. These penalties can disrupt your freedom, finances, and ability to drive legally. If you have been charged with reckless driving in North Carolina, do not hesitate to contact an attorney. A lawyer can help protect your rights and interests and may be able to stand between you and a criminal conviction.

Possible Reckless Driving Defenses

Like those at King Law, a skilled defense attorney can employ various defense strategies to get your charges reduced or dismissed. Some possible defenses for reckless driving charges include:

  • The officer’s radar was not calibrated
  • The driver’s behavior was necessary due to an emergency situation
  • The driver was behaving negligently, but not willfully disregarding of the rights or safety of others on the road
  • No people or property were endangered by the driver’s actions
  • Witnesses contradict the observations of the ticketing officer
  • The ticket issued was not for reckless driving

Your attorney will work with you to understand every detail of your case and craft the best possible defense strategy for your situation.

Contact a Trusted Reckless Driving Attorney at King Law

If you have been ticketed for reckless driving in North Carolina, it is in your best interest to contact a trusted criminal defense attorney. The highly-qualified attorneys at King Law understand how severe the consequences of conviction can be and are committed to defending your rights and interests. 

Our firm is proud to serve our clients across North Carolina. We are dedicated to taking a personalized approach to build meaningful relationships with our clients and offer them superior legal services. To learn more about how our team can help you, give us a call today at (888) 748-5464 (KING) or complete our contact form.