My son is a Freshman at a NC university. He had been visiting friends last weekend at another school in NC and on his way back to his school got pulled over for speeding. Officer TOLD him he was doing 95/70, and that he was going to take him to jail, but came back with a citation and wrote it for 105/70 and let him go. NO prior record/traffic violations/offenses. It was in Nash County, NC? I searched blindly for atty. I have retained one, they told me he does not need to appear, they will fight for him to keep his license, best case it will be suspended, not revoked? They asked no specifics about him, I have emailed/called, no response. As now I have questions!First initial conversation, I was just grateful to hear he wouldn't directly spend 60 days in jail. I have bed feeling. Does it matter which state suspends your license? You lose the privilege regardless? In other words does NC have reciprocity in MD? Isn't it odd he doesn't have to be there? The citation is clearly highlighted he is to appear. Is this misdemeanor considered a "record" now, when he applies for career jobs and internships?
Respectfully, your son should be addressing his questions/concerns to his lawyer. Even though you paid the fee, your son's lawyer is really under no obligation to discuss the case with you. After a thorough discussion with counsel, if your son still has questions or is dissatisfied, he/you should hire a different lawyer.
That having been said, it sounds like the lawyer has waived your son's appearance in court. He should confirm with the lawyer's office before the court date that he does not have to appear. A suspended license is suspended regardless of where you are driving on it. This would result in additional charges if he gets caught. Yes, a misdemeanor conviction is a "record". Good luck.
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No, not unusual fir a driver not to appear so long as his or her attorney appears on client's behalf. Yes, if NC suspends a MD driver's privileges in NC, the nice folks in Glen Burnie at MDMVA will then suspend their license . Yes, this charge will probably put points on his MD license. Revoked = suspended- essentially those two terms are the same , at least here in NC. In NC a charge like this is considered a traffic charge, although it is a misdemeanor. Hopefully the jobs /internships for which he applies understands this is simply lousy driving, not murder, arson, or even shoplifting. I do wish his lawyer had addressed such concerns. Please either trust his lawyer or find someone with whom you feel more comfortable.
You son probably was charged with reckless driving as well as 105/70. Your son's attorney MAY (emphasis on 'may') be able to convince the state to drop the speeding charge if your son pleads to the reckless driving charge. While a reckless driving charge is bad (four license points and four insurance points in NC) by itself it won't result in a suspended license. However, if son's attorney states that the license will probably be suspended, they are probably the one that is correct, as they know Nash County, and I don't. It's also possible that a reckless driving conviction (even in another state) will suspend his license in MD.
Reckless driving is a misdemeanor level 2 in North Carolina, which means he should disclose it (if convicted) when asked . There is usually a question afterwards that allows him to explain what happened. Eventually, if your son accumulates no more misdemeanors, he can get it expunged, but that is many years down the road.
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