North Carolina Texting While Driving Laws Have Criminal and Civil Implications

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

In September 2010, the North Carolina state legislature passed a law making it a criminal violation to text while driving. On June 6, 2012, Aaron Deveau became the first person to be convicted and sentenced under this new charge. Deveau was convicted of texting while driving in a February 2011 crash that led to the death of Donald Bowley and serious injuries for Luz Roman.

Mr. Deveau was sentenced to a maximum of four years in prison for the conviction. He also has to complete 40 years of community service and surrender his license for 15 years. The Bowley and Roman families are satisfied with Mr. Deveau's sentence. However, many people in the community believe his conviction and sentence are too harsh for his crime. Others feel Mr. Deveau's conviction is adequate, as it is a way to send a message to the public, especially the younger population, of the dangers and consequences of texting while driving.

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Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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