North Carolina licensees are subject to license suspension for various traffic violations. Driving While Impaired (DWI or DUI) is the most common offense that results in license suspension, or license revocation, for an individual. Under the best circumstances, a conviction for drunk driving will cause an individual’s license to be revoked for a period of one year. Simply being arrested for drunk driving will result in automatic license suspension for a period of 30 days.
If you are facing license suspension and are looking for an attorney in North Carolina, Everett Law Firm, P.A. can help you make an informed decision about your individual case.
Accumulation of twelve (12) DMV points in a three (3) year experience period is another threshold that will cause an individual’s license to be revoked in North Carolina. If there have been prior license suspensions, the DMV can revoke one’s license for as few as eight (8) accumulated points during the same experience period.
Additionally, certain combinations of offenses can result in license suspension. For example, in a period of one (1) year, two (2) offenses of Careless and Reckless Driving, two traffic offenses of speeding in a speed limit zone of greater than 55 mph, or a Careless and Reckless Driving speeding in a speed limit zone of greater than 55 mph can each cause license revocations. The amount of the time for each license suspension depends on the specific combination of offenses.
Being convicted of a traffic or moving violation while one’s North Carolina driver’s license is revoked causes further license suspensions. Even if the individual has resolved the underlying license suspension at the time they appear in court for the new traffic offense, a conviction of a moving violation will start an additional period of license suspension or revocation.
The above list of offenses that can cause license revocations and license suspension in North Carolina is not intended to be comprehensive. In some cases, it may be possible to obtain a Limited Driving Privilege.
Call (919) 942-8002 for a FREE, initial consultation to discuss the unique circumstances surrounding your offense with an experienced criminal attorney at Everett Law Firm, P.A. Our office is located in Chapel Hill and serves the surrounding counties of North Carolina.