Criminal Attorney Patrick Apple discusses high-speed tickets in North Carolina.

  • What is a high-speed ticket?

If you are charged going over 80 mph or more than 15 mph over the speed limit, that is considered a high-speed ticket.

  • What are the consequences of a high-speed ticket?

The consequences of high-speed tickets in North Carolina include the loss of your license, exponential increases to insurance premiums over three years, and a criminal record since this is a class three misdemeanor.

  • What are my options if I have been charged with a high-speed ticket?

Often DAs will accept plea bargains for 9 mph over or 14 mph over, but you must be experienced enough to know where and whom to ask. Sometimes, you may be able to move for a prayer for judgment continued.

    • However, if your speed was more than 26 mph over the posted limit, you will not be eligible for this deal and you will likely lose your license.
  • Are there any other charges that accompany a high-speed ticket?

Typically, with a high-speed ticket, also comes a charge of careless and reckless driving. This is a class two misdemeanor.

    • At that point, it is extremely difficult to protect your license.
    • You will likely need to ask the judge for limited driving privileges, for which you must be qualified.
      • You have to be at least 19 years old, have a full license, and have a clean driving record until now.

As you can see, high-speed tickets can get extremely complicated and the consequences can be terrible, so it’s extremely important to have an experienced Traffic Attorney on your side! Give one of ours a call the next time you get pulled.