Johnston County Criminal Defense Attorney Says Drivers Charged In Traffic Ticket Campaigns Should Seek Legal Help

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Michael J. Reece of Smithfield’s Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law, says all defendants charged in special North Carolina traffic campaigns should seek proper representation.

It is a mistake to shrug off even the most minor traffic ticket and think you are simply paying a fine.

Johnston County criminal defense and traffic law attorney Michael J. Reece said today that anyone charged in the state’s recent “No Need 2 Speed” or “Booze It & Lose It” law enforcement campaigns should contact a lawyer to make sure their legal rights are protected.

“A traffic violation conviction of any kind goes on your record and costs you money in higher insurance premiums for years to come,” said Reece of the Smithfield criminal defense firm of Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law.

“It is a mistake to shrug off even the most minor traffic ticket and think you are simply paying a fine,” he said.

Reece, who has dedicated his entire legal career to defending residents of Smithfield, Benson, Clayton and elsewhere in Johnston County, said North Carolina traffic ticket campaigns, such as “No Need 2 Speed” held April 2 to 8 and a “Booze It & Lose It” drive held St. Patrick’s Day weekend, often result in citations for a variety of offenses.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) said state and local law enforcement officers issued a total of 39,150 traffic and criminal citations statewide during the “No Need 2 Speed” campaign. Officials cited 13,435 motorists for speeding, 34.3 percent of the total citations issued.

The 635 total traffic and criminal violations charged in Johnston County during April’s “No Need 2 Speed” included 330 speeding tickets, 20 driving while impaired (DWI) charges, 37 seat belt or child restraint charges, 26 drug violations, five fugitive arrests and a stolen vehicle recovered.

A state Department of Transportation (DOT) news release says that state and local law enforcement officers cited 819 motorists for DWI during the St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which ran March 15-18.

But the total of 23,222 traffic and criminal citations issued statewide during the campaign also included 6,492 speeding violations, 1,881 safety belt infractions, 373 child passenger safety violations and 706 drug charges, the DOT says.

Checkpoint stops over the holiday weekend also resulted in apprehension of 416 fugitives from justice and recovery of 33 stolen vehicles.

Reece said anyone arrested or ticketed at a checkpoint or in another special law enforcement campaign should act quickly to engage legal help.

“Anytime you receive a speeding ticket or are arrested for a violation of any kind, an experienced criminal defense attorney can protect your rights and help you achieve the best possible outcome in court,” Reece said. “When charged with DWI, it is particularly important for the defendant to seek experienced legal help.”

About Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law

Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law, is a Johnston County criminal defense law firm that represents in-state and out-of-state clients throughout Johnston County and its surrounding areas, including Smithfield, Benson, Clayton, Archer Lodge, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma and Wilson's Mill. The firm’s practice areas include speeding, DWI / DUI, reckless driving, suspended license, minor traffic infractions, felony defense, misdemeanor defense, drug possession and probation violations. Reece & Reece has experience representing criminal defendants at both the trial and appellate court levels. To learn more, call (919) 300-1249 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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