Don’t PAY that Ticket until you speak to us FIRST!
Did you know that, in North Carolina, if you pay your ticket off, you’are automatically pleading guilty to whatever you were charged with. While it may seem like a good idea at the time, paying that ticket can have severe consequences on your driver’s license and insurance premiums for years to come. You can unwittingly lose your privilege to drive, cause your insurance premiums to skyrocket for years,, and so on. Speaking with a North Carolina licensed attorney who knows the laws and consequences could save you hundreds of dollars and a lot headaches..
Additionally, in many of the local counties where we practice, there are local rules with respect to traffic violations and how they are negotiated with the District Attorney’s office.. As we are familiar with the local rules of practice in these counties, we come to court prepared with that knowledge and are best able represent our clients.
When you hire us, our office will ask you all of the appropriate questions, review your driving record, and possibly recommend that you take a driving class, or whatever we see fit, so that we can negotiate the best outcome for you.
Consultations are free, our rates are very competitive, and you will be in good hands. For most citations, you can even sign a waiver and not have to worry about showing up to court. Getting pulled over is stressful enough; let us make life easier for you.
Typical traffic violations:
- Passing a stopped school bus
- Reckless driving
- Illegal passing
- Hit and run
- Running stop sign/red light
- Expired tags/registration
- Failure to maintain lane control
- No operator’s license (NOL)
- Driving while license revoked (DLWR)
There are numerous reasons for which your driving privileges in North Carolina can be suspended:
- Acquiring too many driver’s license points
- Speeding too fast
- Driving While Impaired (DUI/DWI) or Driving After Consuming while Under 21
- Being convicted of two or more Open Container violations
- Other issues, such as failing to pay for an accident that was your fault or dropping out of high school
- Failing to appear in court for a traffic violation
- Failing to pay fines for traffic violations
The Points Systems
There are two different point systems used in North Carolina in regards to traffic violations: Driver’s License Points, used by the DMV, and Insurance Points.
The DMV keeps track of your traffic violations by adding points to your driving record, and, if you amass too many points, these are the penalties you could face:
- Receiving a driver’s license suspension, revocation, or cancelation.
- Being required to complete a driver improvement/defensive driving course.
- Owing fees and fines to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles and/or the traffic court.
- Driver’s license restrictions.
The Insurance Points System, on the other hand, is designed to assign a percentage by which your vehicle insurance carrier can raise your insurance rates for convictions of Traffic Citations, and the increase stays in place for three years. Click below to see possible rate percentage increases that your insurance carrier can impose on you for traffic ticket convictions.
Often times, we can advise and assist you in reinstating your driving privileges. However, sometimes it is necessary to have a DMV Hearing when attempting to reinstate driver’s licenses, and if this is the case, Attorney Speight has over a decade in such hearings.
Types of DMV hearings:
- DWI Refusal Hearings
- Interlock Hearings
- Permanent Revocation Restoration Hearings
- Excessive Speeding Hearings
- Medical Hearings