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I Just Got A Speeding Ticket; What Do I Do?

fight speeding tickets with the Law Corner

It’s a nerve wrecking sight, you’re driving down the road and all of a sudden you see the blue lights flashing in the rearview mirror. You calmly (or as calm as possible) pull over to the side of the road and fumble through your wallet or purse to get your driver’s license and sift through your glove box for the registration.

The officer comes to your window and hands you a speeding ticket. What are you supposed to do? What happens if you just “pay it off”? Do you really have to go to court? The quick answer is: you call the Law Corner.

Speeding Tickets Are Not As Insignificant As You May Think

Speeding tickets in North Carolina are, hopefully, the only reason you have to interact with a police officer in your life and may seem very insignificant. Many people believe that as long as they pay the fee, these tickets are no big deal. The truth of the matter is that there are several types of speeding tickets in North Carolina. You can be charged with an infraction that can just be “paid off,” while others are more serious, being classified as misdemeanors and require a court appearance.

All types of speeding tickets in North Carolina, including the infractions that can be “just paid off,” can have serious effects on your wallet and possibly your ability to drive. Besides the dreaded increase in your insurance premiums, court costs and fines, a traffic ticket could give you a criminal record and could cause you to lose your license!

Speeding Tickets Can Lead to License Suspension

That’s right, if you are convicted of specific speeding tickets, you would be convicted of a misdemeanor, which would go on your criminal record. Just to name a few situations, any time you are charged with driving more than 15 MPH over the speed limit, you are actually being charged with a misdemeanor and a conviction will result in you earning yourself a criminal record. If you are convicted of careless and reckless driving, you are also being convicted of a misdemeanor.

Along with a criminal record for your misdemeanor, The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has several ways to suspend your driving privledges due to speeding tickets. Here are a few reasons the DMV will suspend your license:

  1. If you accumulate 12 or more points on your driver’s license within a 3 year period.
  2. Obtain two convictions of speeding where the overall speed was greater than 55 MPH within 12 months.
  3. Within 12 Months obtain a conviction for careless and reckless driving and one speeding conviction, where the overal speed was greater than 55 MPH within a 12 month period.
  4. If you are convicted for aggressive driving and also have a concivtion of speeding where the overall speed was greater than 55 MPH within a 12 month period.
  5. If you are convicted of speeding greater than 75 MPH where the speed limit was less than 70 MPH.
  6. If you are convicted of speeding over 80 MPH where the speed limit is 70 MPH.

School zone and work zone tickets are two additional types of speeding tickets that carry other additional penalties. A work zone ticket, although always an infraction (means you could pay it off) carries with it a mandatory $250 fine in addition to the court costs. If you are traveling at 56 MPH in a 35 MPH work zone, you can pay the ticket off. In doing so, the DMV could then suspend your license without you ever even going to court!

What Do You Do When You Get A Speeding Ticket

After receiving a traffic ticket, contact The Law Corner. The attorneys at The Law Corner can help you in several different ways. First, we will sit down with you for a free consultation. During this visit, we will go over your charge and review your driving record to come up with the best plan of action. We can help reduce your speeding ticket to improper equipment (a non-moving violation which carries no points on your license or insurance) or ask the court for a Prayer for Judgment Continued. We can help you limit your driver’s license and insurance points.

If you are in a situation where you have received speeding tickets in the past or have a few currently pending, we can form a strategy to prevent you from losing your license, or, if your license has already been suspended, we can help you get it back.  Whatever the problem, The Law Corner is in your corner. Contact us at (919)424-8319.

 

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