Raleigh Traffic Violations Lawyers

Every year thousands of North Carolinians receive traffic citations. These traffic citations can threaten your right to drive and can result in devastating increases in your car insurance premiums. In North Carolina, all insurance companies are governed by the North Carolina Rate Bureau. The North Carolina Rate Bureau has established the Safe Driver Insurance Plan, which controls the point system under which insurance rates are calculated. This system assigns different point values to each moving violation, with an insurance rate increase of around 25% for each point.

Speeding Tickets : Pay the ticket vs fight the ticket

Many people assume that if they pay the ticket, there will be no further penalties. However, this depends on the type of ticket. You could be charged with an infraction, which you could simply pay if you wish. Other moving violations can lead to a misdemeanor charge, therefore requiring you to attend court.

Even if you choose to “just pay” your speeding ticket, you should be aware that these tickets will add points to your driving record, therefore increasing your insurance premium.  If you get too many speeding tickets, you will most likely end up with a suspended license.

How To Avoid Points on Your License in North Carolina

Did you recently get a speeding ticket? Are you debating on whether you should fight it or pay it? Whether you think you may lose your license or you want to avoid increasing your insurance premium, contact The Law Corner at 919-424-8319. During your first consultation, we will determine the best course of action for your situation. We can help reduce your speeding ticket so that you will not have points added to your driving record, or we can help you get your license back.

Refer to this NC Department of Insurance plan to see how speeding tickets can affect your insurance rate: Insurance points.

Limited Driving Privileges

If your license has been suspended or revoked, you may be eligible for a Limited Driving Privilege. A Limited Driving Privilege is a court order that allows you to drive for certain purposes, during limited hours. The privilege typically allows you to drive to and from work and school, doctor visits, and for maintenance of your household. If you have been ordered by the court to perform community service or to attend alcohol/drug treatment programs, certain Limited Driving Privileges will also allow you to drive for these purposes.

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Am I eligible for a Limited Driving Privilege?

If your license is suspended or revoked, you may qualify for a Limited Driving Privilege. North Carolina law allows you to obtain a Limited Driving Privilege in a number of situations:

  • Speeding – If your license is revoked for a high speeding conviction or a combination of high speeding and other driving charges, you may petition the court for a Limited Driving Privilege.

  • Felony Convictions – There are certain circumstances in which you may be eligible to petition the court for a Limited Driving Privilege if your license is revoked as a result of a felony conviction.

  • DWI – In North Carolina, there are several different types of Limited Driving Privileges that are associated with DWI charges. For example, if you have been charged with DWI, your license will be initially revoked for 30 days. However, after the first 10 days have passed following the charge, most people are eligible for a Limited Driving Privilege for the remaining 20 days. Or, if your license is revoked because you have been convicted of DWI, you may qualify for a different type of Limited Driving Privilege. This type of privilege will allow you to drive for certain purposes during the year-long revocation.

How do I get a Limited Driving Privilege?

In order to obtain a Limited Driving Privilege, you will have to petition the court for such a privilege and provide the required documents. Once you have submitted the petition at the courthouse, the courthouse clerk will set the matter for hearing, and you will need to appear to petition the court in person. A District Court Judge may then issue you a Limited Driving Privilege if you are eligible. However, Judges and clerks are not allowed to give you legal advice, so it is recommended that you contact an attorney to help you obtain a Limited Driving Privilege. Also, an attorney will be able to get you a Limited Driving Privilege without you having to appear in court. Contact us today to find out if you are eligible for a Limited Driving Privilege.

Schedule of Driver’s License Points

If you receive 12 license points within a 3 year period, your license will be revoked for a period of one year.

5 Points Passing a stopped school bus.

4 Points Reckless driving, Hit and run, Property damage only, Following too closely, Driving on wrong side of road, Illegal passing.

3 Points Running through a stop sign, Speeding in excess of 55 miles per hour, Failing to yield right-of-way, Running through red light, No driver’s license or license expired more than one year, Failure to stop for siren, Driving through safety zone, No liability insurance, Failure to report accident where such report is required, Speeding in a school zone in excess of the posted school zone speed limit.

2 Points All other moving violations, Failure to properly restrain a child in a restraint or seat belt.

1 Point Littering involving use of motor vehicle.

0 Points Seat Beat Violation, Improper Equipment/plates/registration/muffler/inspection sticker display.

North Carolina License Restoration

Has your North Carolina Driver’s License been suspended or revoked? Are you wondering how you are going to be able to get to work, buy groceries, or drive to school? If your license is suspended or revoked, you need to contact The Law Corner to speak with an experienced driver’s license suspension attorney to discuss your options. Simply ignoring a suspended or revoked license will not fix the problem, and continuing to drive during this time puts you at risk of being charged with driving while your license is suspended or revoked. Convictions for driving while your license is revoked can significantly lengthen the period of revocation and could result in jail time.

Your license may be revoked or suspended for many reasons, including:

  • Failure to appear in court

  • Too many traffic tickets

  • Failure to pay fines or court costs

  • Certain types of traffic violations

  • DWI conviction

Also, many people believe that if they have never had a North Carolina driver’s license, then their privilege cannot be revoked. You do not need to have ever had a North Carolina driver’s license to be in revoked status, as it is considered a revocation of your driving privilege. Other states will likely pick up on this revocation status, and you may be at risk of losing your out of state license.

At The Law Corner, we will thoroughly review your driving record and explain to you what steps need to be taken to restore your driving privileges. This may include helping you clear up an old ticket or take care of old fines. It may also be necessary to reopen old cases that were handled improperly and have resulted in a revocation of your license. Often times, people pled guilty to certain crimes without knowing that their guilty plea would result in the revocation of their license. It may be possible to reopen your old case and obtain a different result in order to avoid revocation of your driver’s license.

Whatever the reason for your driver’s license suspension or revocation, we are here to evaluate your case and, if possible, take the necessary steps to shorten or even eliminate your period of revocation. Additionally, we will be able to tell you whether you qualify for a Limited Driving Privilege. Our lawyers understand that driving has become a vital part of everyday life. Take the first step towards restoring your driving privileges and contact us for a free consultation regarding your driver’s license revocation.

North Carolina License Restoration

Has your North Carolina Driver’s License been suspended or revoked? Are you wondering how you are going to be able to get to work, buy groceries, or drive to school? If your license is suspended or revoked, you need to contact The Law Corner to speak with an experienced driver’s license suspension attorney to discuss your options. Simply ignoring a suspended or revoked license will not fix the problem, and continuing to drive during this time puts you at risk of being charged with driving while your license is suspended or revoked. Convictions for driving while your license is revoked can significantly lengthen the period of revocation and could result in jail time.

Your license may be revoked or suspended for many reasons, including:

  • Failure to appear in court

  • Too many traffic tickets

  • Failure to pay fines or court costs

  • Certain types of traffic violations

  • DWI conviction

Also, many people believe that if they have never had a North Carolina driver’s license, then their privilege cannot be revoked. You do not need to have ever had a North Carolina driver’s license to be in revoked status, as it is considered a revocation of your driving privilege. Other states will likely pick up on this revocation status, and you may be at risk of losing your out of state license.

At The Law Corner, we will thoroughly review your driving record and explain to you what steps need to be taken to restore your driving privileges. This may include helping you clear up an old ticket or take care of old fines. It may also be necessary to reopen old cases that were handled improperly and have resulted in a revocation of your license. Often times, people pled guilty to certain crimes without knowing that their guilty plea would result in the revocation of their license. It may be possible to reopen your old case and obtain a different result in order to avoid revocation of your driver’s license.

Whatever the reason for your driver’s license suspension or revocation, we are here to evaluate your case and, if possible, take the necessary steps to shorten or even eliminate your period of revocation. Additionally, we will be able to tell you whether you qualify for a Limited Driving Privilege. Our lawyers understand that driving has become a vital part of everyday life. Take the first step towards restoring your driving privileges and contact us for a free consultation regarding your driver’s license revocation.