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Can a speeding ticket land you in jail?

On Behalf of | Nov 6, 2020 | Traffic Tickets |

If you’re speeding down the highway, you may want to slow down. While most speeding tickets will only result in citations, some may result in you ending up with points on your license, having to perform community service or being told to go to driving school. In North Carolina, you could even be jailed, depending on the speeding violation and the circumstances surrounding it.

Usually, a first-offense speeding ticket is a class 2 misdemeanor. It generally comes with a 30-day suspension or revocation of your license if you were speeding over 15 mph faster than the speed limit while traveling at over 55 mph. If you were traveling at a speed of over 80 mph, you could also lose your license for 30 days.

Jail time is more likely if you’re accused of reckless driving or an aggravated offense. If you crashed or caused harm to another person, then you could be sentenced to time in jail or to community service, but that will depend on the circumstances. 

Speeding tickets cause more harm than you think

Speeding tickets can cause more harm than you may think. You could lose your license temporarily, see your insurance go up drastically for several years and even face criminal charges if you have your speeding ticket charged as reckless driving. 

Your attorney will work closely with you to fight the charges, so you can protect yourself and your best interests while dealing with this ticket. Our website has more information on what you should do to protect yourself after being accused of speeding. You deserve the opportunity to defend yourself.