Nathan Angus Baskerville is a native and current resident of Vance County and considers himself a country boy at heart. After graduating from Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina, Baskerville migrated South to Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration and a minor in Spanish. He continued his studies at North Carolina Central University School of Law where he was elected class president and received his Juris Doctorate. After graduating from law school, Baskerville worked as an Assistant District Attorney before moving back to his home town and establishing his firm, Baskerville & Baskerville, PLLC. He points to his father, a retired judge and current law partner, as the inspiration behind his legal career.
In addition to his law practice, Nathan also served as Chairman of BB3G Holdings, LLC, which serves as the holding company for various community investments. Baskerville served two terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he represented Vance, Warren, and Granville Counties. In his first term, he was the youngest serving Democrat in the General Assembly and was a member of the House Appropriations and Insurance Committees, and served as Vice-Chairman of the House Judiciary III Committee. In his first term, Baskerville was awarded the Governor’s Service Award, and in his second term, he was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Pat Mcrory. He enjoys reading, working with kids, and volunteers with the state-wide award-winning Vance County Teen Court Team.
The General Assembly ratified the North Carolina Drivers License Restoration Act last week and submitted it to the Governor. Once the act becomes law, it will relieve defendants convicted of certain types of driving while license revoked of the mandatory additional license revocation that has historically followed such convictions. Proponents for a change in the law argued that people convicted of driving while license revoked under current law drove during the revocation period out of necessity and then became locked in an unending cycle of license revocation.
The cycle developed this way: A person was convicted of an offense requiring revocation of the person’s license. The person drove during the initial revocation period, sometimes because he or she had no other way to travel to and from work. The person was stopped by a law enforcement officer and charged with driving while revoked. Upon conviction, the person’s license was automatically revoked for an additional year. During that additional year, the person again was convicted of driving while license revoked. This time, the additional revocation period was two years. The person’s third conviction for driving while license revoked led to a permanent license revocation. H 529 ends that cycle for some defendants.