If you have received a traffic ticket in North Carolina, no matter what the charge it is a serious matter with long-term impact. Hiring an attorney experienced with North Carolina traffic laws can be the difference between a fine and thousands of dollars over time in the form of increased automobile insurance costs. Though some traffic violations are more serious than others, every traffic violation can have severe consequences, including heavy fines, substantial court costs, points against your license and your insurance rating, increased insurance premiums, and hours spent waiting in court. More severe traffic violations, involving DWI/DUI or injury to persons or property, can subject you to more severe consequences, including felony charges, loss of your driving privileges, and loss of your freedom. While you may think the easiest thing to do is pay your ticket, it is an admission of guilt. Talk to an attorney with the expertise to advise you of how simply paying your ticket may impact your continued ability to drive and pay for insurance.
Depending on the severity of the infraction, just a single traffic violation in North Carolina can result in the loss of your driving privilege. If you have had previous traffic violations you are more susceptible to driving privilege loss. The attorneys at DeMent Askew & Johnson have intimate knowledge of the traffic laws and years of experience in dealing with traffic matters and the DMV.
Whatever your traffic charge or your driving history, we will immediately set to work on resolving your traffic matter so that your driving privileges and insurance premiums remain unaffected. Hiring an attorney can save you more than just time and inconvenience -- it can save you substantial sums of money. At Dement, Askew & Johnson we have over 40 years experience handling the full array of traffic offenses in Raleigh and across North Carolina, including but not limited to the following:
- Aggressive/reckless driving
- Unsafe movement
- Speeding and zone infractions
- Evading Arrest
- Failure to yield
- Driving with a revoked, suspended license, or invalid operator license
- Driving with invalid insurance, registration, and/or inspection
- Improper turns and other moving violations
- Improper equipment
- Failure to obey emergency vehicle signals
- Passing a stopped school bus
- Illegal racing
- Underage driving offenses
- Hit and run, abandoning an accident scene
- Homicide, manslaughter, or negligent homicide involving a vehicle
Russell W. DeMent III
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Even if you have lost your driving privileges, North Carolina laws recognize that people need transportation to keep their jobs and care for their families. Our criminal defense team will evaluate your unique circumstances and immediately work to get you back on the road with a limited driving privilege and as little impact on your life as possible. In many cases, we can acquire reduction or dismissal of charges without you ever having to appear in court. In more serious cases, our criminal defense attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who know the law. We are prepared and ready to handle your traffic charges starting today.
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CRIMINAL DEFENSE SUCCESS
Defendant charged with 2 counts of habitual impaired driving on his 7th total offense. Were able to negotiate a plea consolidating the sentence to one term of 28 months in prison where he was facing the potential for 10 years or more.
Guilty Verdict of Less Significant Charges of Driving with License Revoked and Lane Violation; Charges Included DWI, Driving While License Revoked, and Hit and Run; No Jail Time
Client charged with DWI, driving while license revoked for impaired revocation, hit and run, and driving left of center. She was found on side of the road in driver’s seat 400 yards from a collision, showed clues of impairment on the field sobriety tests and blew a .10 on the breath test. Found not guilty…
Motion to Suppress and Dismiss Granted for Lack of Probable Cause; No Reliable Evidence Suggesting Impairment After Speeding Stop
Motion to suppress and dismiss granted for lack of probable cause to arrest where my client was stopped for speeding, had an odor of alcohol, glassy eyes, admitted to drinking, as well as showed signs of impairment on the field sobriety tests. The court put little weight on the field sobriety tests because the officer…
Defendant had a head-on collision with injuries to both parties. He was given field sobriety tests on the scene of the collision and did not perform well on those tests with the exception of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test where he showed no signs of impairment from any central nervous system depressant. He admitted…
Defendant charged with Level 2 DWI with one prior within 7 years. Was facing a potential sentence of 1 year in prison. Defendant attended a treatment program and really changed her life direction while the case was pending. We were able to get the judge to agree to accept the inpatient treatment as credit for…
Client approaches a DWI roadblock. Smells of alcohol and performs ok on field tests though she does so some signs of NHTSA clues of impairment. She admits to drinking and blows positive for presence of alchol on the portable breath test. She is taken to the mobile breath testing bus at the checkpoint. She is…
Client charged with level 3 trafficking in opiates which carried minimum mandatory sentencing of a minimum of 225 months (18 years 9 months) in prison. After months of negotiating with the prosecuting attorney and following a lengthy argument to the court, Defendant was sentenced to 65 months (5 years and 5 months) in prison with…
Client stopped for speeding. LEO smelled odor of MJ about clients person. LEO search revealed burned MJ blunt. Defendant performed poorly on all physical tests but told the officer he suffered from a herniated disk in his lower back. On the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) eye test there were no clues of impairment. A subsequent…
Not Guilty of DWI with Serious Collision; LEO Failed to Gather Specific Information from Driver Taken to Hospital with BAC of .17
Client charged with driving while impaired. LEOs respond to a serious collision where someone being taken to the hospital in EMS vehicle upon troopers arrival. The vehicle had flipped 2 times and landed in the median. Based upon information obtained at the scene, the LEO finds my client in the hospital with injuries consistent with…
Evidence Suppressed in DWI Case; Court Holds “No Reasonable and Articulable Suspicion” for Traffic Stop
All evidence suppressed in DWI case for an illegal stop where the LEO observed my client pause in a parking lot for 30 seconds before leaving the lot and then crossed a center line during a turn at an intersection. Held “No reasonable and articulable suspicion” for a traffic stop.