• North Carolina Traffic Law | "Run and Your Done" Law
  • June 19, 2012
  • Law Firm: Matheson Law Office PLLC - Raleigh Office
  • While many people have, at some point in their life, received a North Carolina Traffic Ticket, most do not ever run from the police. Felony Speeding to Elude is a serious crime in North Carolina. It carries with it stiff penalties and risks the life of the Driver, as well as the pursuing Police Officers as well as anyone else on the road. As a Raleigh Traffic Lawyer and a Durham Traffic Lawyer I have seen the results from someone not taking these potential risks seriously when handling their traffic case. In addition to all of these incentives to never do it, North Carolina enacted a new law to add additional incentives to not run from the police on North Carolina's Streets or Highways.

    The "Run and Your Done" law was passed this year when Governor Perdue signed it into law June 23, 2011. This law went into effect today and will apply to every person charged with Felony Speeding to Elude from this day forward. The law states that any Defendant convicted of Felony Speeding to Elude will have their vehicle taken and auctioned off. The proceeds from the auction of the vehicle will go to he North Carolina Public School System.

    The law carries with it an exception where the owner of the vehicle was unaware of the Defendant's use when they were charged with Felony Speeding to Elude. However, that exception will only apply once, and if the same owner allows the same vehicle to be driven by the same Defendant, and that same Defendant was again convicted of Felony Speeding to Elude, the owner would lose the vehicle to the auction.

    In addition to this new law, Felony Speeding to Elude also carries with it a mandatory suspension of driving privileges by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle. It will also result in 10 points against your license, which will result in a three hundred percent increase to the Defendant's insurance premiums for the next three years. That means that if the Defendant was currently paying $300 a year for their automotive insurance, their insurance company would be permitted to raise their insurance premium up to $1200 a year for the next three years.

    Aside from the aforementioned dangers associated with this crime, this new added penalty written into law is one more reason to follow the rules of the road. However, if you find yourself faced with a charge of Felony Speeding to Elude or any other North Carolina Traffic or criminal law, always speak with a local qualified attorney to receive proper legal advice on how to proceed.

    Disclaimer - Information and advice offered in this article is for informational and educational purposes only and is specific to North Carolina law. The viewing, receipt and/or exchange of information from this article does not constitute an Attorney-Client Relationship. For assistance regarding your particular legal question speak with an Attorney practicing in the field from which your questions derives.