Traffic Violations / DWI

Traffic Violations

Traffic citations can cover a broad range of violations including speeding, reckless driving, driving while license suspended, hit and run, stop sign violation and many others. Punishment for these violations can result in fines, probation, increased insurance premiums, the loss of your driver’s license or even jail time.

A single traffic violation can result in a 25% increase in your auto insurance premium. North Carolina has a Safe Driver Incentive Plan, a point classification system based upon one’s driving history and prior convictions for traffic violations. The points system applies to traffic violations; a single point will result in a 25% increase to your insurance payment. Two points will result in a 45% increase.

The NCDMV also has a separate point system from the insurance point system whereby points are assessed to one’s driving record based upon the violation(s) committed. The accumulation of DMV points can result in a revocation of your driving privilege. Also, one’s driving privilege can be suspended for two (2) convictions of speeding in excess of 55 mph within a calendar year.

This is just one of the reasons Musselwhite, Musselwhite, Branch and Grantham takes traffic violations so seriously. David Branch is committed to helping his clients seek to avoid or minimize negative consequences resulting from traffic violations. Whether you’ve received a ticket for running a stop light, or are in danger of having your license revoked, we can explain to you the importance of hiring David Branch to handle the matter. It may seem easier to simply pay a ticket or plead guilty, but that could result in increased insurance premiums over the years.

Our attorneys will seek to provide you with the best possible advice and defense for any traffic violations and hopefully eliminate or minimize the consequences to your driving record and insurance rates.


If you were pulled over and arrested for suspected driving while impaired (DWI), our firm can help. If convicted, you may be in danger of losing your driver’s license and of facing serious criminal penalties. Our attorneys can provide you with dedicated legal representation to help you avoid these negative consequences.

Our law firm represents drivers in Robeson County facing DWI charges. We handle cases for first time offenders as well as those facing multiple DWI offense allegations. We utilize our experience in this field to seek the most advantageous outcomes for cases in criminal court and at DMV hearings. We are fully committed to our clients, and with the help of our support staff, strive to provide the personalized, one-on-one attention that makes a difference in these difficult times.

What is a DWI?

DWI is a criminal offense that is often referred to as drunk driving or DUI (driving under the influence) in other states. A person may face criminal charges for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or a controlled substance. To secure a conviction for DWI in North Carolina, the prosecuting attorney must prove one or both of the following key elements:

  • The driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater, or
  • The driver’s normal abilities were impaired due to alcohol or drugs

The prosecution must also prove that the defendant was operating a motor vehicle on a street or highway or a public vehicular area. The District Attorney may utilize physical evidence obtained during an intoxilyzer or blood test to show that a driver had an illegal blood alcohol concentration, and/or the arresting officer’s testimony regarding the driver’s performance on field sobriety tests. Although a prosecutor may try to prove both factors to seek a conviction, evidence of only one may be sufficient. In the state of North Carolina, there are many different types of field sobriety tests that can be used by law enforcement officers after they pull over a driver. The three most common tests include horizontal gaze nystagmus, one leg stand, and walk a turn. A DWI defense lawyer is your best option to protect your rights.

If you have been charged with a traffic violation or DWI put an experienced attorney in the driver’s seat. Contact David Branch at Musselwhite, Musselwhite, Branch & Grantham today and allow his 35 years of experience of handling criminal matters assist you.

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