Just ignoring a revoked or suspended North Carolina license will not make the problem go away. In fact, by ignoring it you could be put in jail if you are pulled over for any reason. Are you aware that a charge of driving while license revoked or suspended is much more serious than other moving violations? In some situations, the consequences of this charge can include jail time, in addition to further driver's license restrictions and huge hike in your car insurance rates. You have the option of fighting these charges, and the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC can help.
We have experience fighting traffic tickets in Wake County and know how to navigate through the system. We know the steps that need to be taken to help you minimize or avoid the consequences of charges of driving while license revoked or suspended.
Just Paying Your Ticket Off Is A Bad Option
The severity of these charges means that you cannot just send in payment for your fine and hope that’s the end of it. You either have to appear in person at court or have a lawyer appear on your behalf. We can guide you through the North Carolina court system and the very complex world of the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. You can count on us to either stand by your side or appear on your behalf.
Why Did I Get A DWLR Charge?
Many circumstances come into play when charged with driving while license revoked (DWLR) in Wake County and throughout North Carolina. Your North Carolina driver’s license could be revoked due to:
· unpaid court costs
· failure to appear in court on a different case
· failure to appear in court in a different county in North Carolina
· paying off a severe speeding ticket without getting it reduced
· two (2) speeding convictions over 55 mph within one (1) year
· driving while impaired (DWI)
· accumulating twelve (12) DMV points within three (3) years
· accumulating eight (8) DMV points within three (3) years, if you have had a past license revocation
Effects of a DWLR
Pleading guilty to a driving while license suspended charge will suspend your driving privilege for an additional year. Driving While License Revoked (DWLR) is a serious criminal charge that can impact both your financial future and your driving privilege. It is a Class 3 Misdemeanor if committed after December 1, 2013 and comes with a potential sentence of up to 20 days in jail. It is defined by statute at N.C.G.S 20-28(a). Additionally, it carries eight (8) insurance points, causing a 190% increase in insurance rates for three (3) years. Depending on the facts it may be possible to secure a reduction or even a dismissal. There is hope if you have a DWLR ticket. Call a suspended license attorney in our office to review your case.
New Changes In The Law for DWI related DWLR
Driving while your license was suspended or revoked prior to December 1, 2013 is still a Class 1 Misdemeanor. If you were charged after 12/1/2013 then it is a lower class 3 misdemeanor. However there is a new crime of Driving While License is Revoked for DWI. This new crime is a Class 1 misdemeanor. While prosecutors are going easier on people charged with DWLR they are much tougher on those charged with driving with a revoked license for a DWI offense. If you are charged with driving with a revoked license that was suspended for DWI you could be facing up to 120 days in jail, a revocation of probation and a host of problems getting a valid license again.
If you were charged with Driving While License Revoked, call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC for a free consultation. Attorney Wiley Nickel and Attorney Kristi Haddock are available by phone at 919-585-1486 or by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office is located just of interstate 40 in Cary, NC.