When I got my ticket, the officer told me I had to appear in Court. Is this true?
The officer may be correct that certain charges and certain speeds can require a mandatory appearance for you no matter where you live. Most likely we can have you sign a Waiver of Appearance and appear for you. This will save you time in traveling to court with even a likelihood of waiting most of the day and having it continued.
The ticket I got has a mistake. Will the judge throw it out?
Mistakes about time, road conditions or your driver’s license are probably not fatal mistakes and are allowed to be amended in Court. However there are some tickets that may be invalid. You need to talk to an experienced traffic lawyer who can tell you whether or not a trial would be in your best interest.
I am not from North Carolina but got my ticket while on vacation. Will it affect my license in my home state?
To answer that question you need to know if your state is a member of the Non-Resident Violator Compact; an agreement between most states. This is a complex question that should be answered by someone who routinely handles traffic violations.
I am a commercial driver and I got a ticket for speeding. I can’t lose my license because it is my livelihood.
Commercial drivers face a whole different set of circumstances and have to take great care to have a ticket handled correctly.
I just got my first ticket. Will my insurance rates go up since I have been driving for over 25 years?
The North Carolina Rate Bureau (NCRB) created the Safe Driver Insurance Plan (SDIP). It created a way to take into account driver’s histories and convictions for violations. Unlike driver license points, this plan provides for insurance points that is used to assess surcharges onto your insurance premium.
I got a speeding ticket. I was told I could get a PJC and it would not go on my record. Is this correct?
In North Carolina a judge can grant a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC). It is not granted lightly.
I have just been charged with Driving While License Revoked because I had not taken care of a previous ticket. What is going to happen to me?
Many of our clients face this situation. A lawyer needs to review all the charges pending including ones in which you failed to appear and then advise you on how to proceed.
I work long hours and I can’t afford to take off work. I don’t think I can even afford the fine and costs let alone a lawyer. What do I do?
Upon the receipt of a retainer we can request a continuance from the court which may give you some additional time. We accept all major credit cards.
Can I handle the ticket myself?
Absolutely, but just remember this: you may be walking into a system you are not familiar with. You will be dealing with a prosecutor who is not allowed to give you advice.