Charlotte Traffic Ticket Lawyers
Handling Traffic Citations in Charlotte and Vicinity
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What is a Traffic Citation?
In North Carolina, a traffic citation is typically referred to as a “ticket” and is issued by law enforcement to a person accused of committing a traffic offense. The most common traffic offenses are moving violations such as speeding. North Carolina has created different categories for these traffic offenses ranging from moderate to more severe depending upon the nature of the offense. Traffic offenses involving high rates of speed, school zones and/or school buses are especially serious and can have major effects on your license.
It’s just a ticket, why do I need an attorney?
Can you handle a traffic citation without an attorney? Yes. Should you? Never.
Any moving violation on your record can have serious consequences on your privilege to drive and/or on your financial life by increasing the amount you must pay for car insurance. Our Charlotte traffic ticket attorneys are both former prosecutors and have experience with the available defenses and most beneficial resolutions to all moving violations to avoid or limit the long-term effects of the citation. Often times our attorneys can appear on your behalf so you don’t have to come to court.
Even if you did commit the traffic offense let our defense attorneys can negotiate the best deal for you. Sometimes the facts might justify asking the prosecutors for a non-moving violation, which results in no points. Another tool we have is asking for what is called a Prayer for Judgment Continued or a PJC. In that case even though the person is guilty, the court does not enter a conviction resulting in no points and no insurance increases. Electing to take a PJC has benefits for you but also consequences for all drivers on your insurance policy of so having an attorney educate you on that decision is essential.
Every case is different so beware when a non-attorney friend or family member tries to give you advice on how to handle your citation. The best solution in their case might not be beneficial for you.
Do you hold a Commercial Driver’s License? Are you a salesperson who has a company car? Does your employer pay for your car insurance? You could be at risk for additional consequences. Call us today to discuss the additional issues you might be facing if convicted of a traffic citation.
I don’t want to go to Court – can’t I just sign and return my ticket without having to appear?
Yes, but by signing the back of your ticket and paying the fine you are pleading GUILTY and will have the violation on your record. That can cause points to be assessed to your driver’s license and your insurance premiums to increase. Look at our chart to see how many driver’s license points you could be facing. Let our Charlotte traffic ticket attorneys appear in court for you. Many times they can resolve your case without causing you the inconvenience of having to take more time off of work or school or travel to come to court.
How does a Traffic Citation affect you?
Any moving violation on your record can lead to driver’s license points, insurance points and increased insurance premiums for years. The more serious traffic violations can cause your license to be revoked or suspended. If you hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) you are putting that license at risk. The DMV can often assess higher points against CDL holders for traffic citations. If you drive a company vehicle or depend on your driver’s license for work you can also be facing serious consequences with your employer. Check your employee handbook to see your individual company’s policy regarding traffic citations. We can help you navigate through those issues.
How many points is each Traffic Citation worth?
Here are examples of common driver’s license points for various traffic offenses.
|Citation||Driver’s License Points||Insurance Points|
|Aggressive Driving (CDL or Class C)||5||8|
|Passing a School Bus loading/Unloading Children||5||4|
|Hit & Run causing property damage||4||4|
|Following too Closely||4||2|
|No Driver’s License/Expired DL > 1year||3||1|
|Failing to Stop at Stop Sign/Red Light||3||1|
|Littering from Vehicle||1||1|
|Non Moving Violation||0||0|
*Speeding citations and points depend on the speed traveling and the posted speed limit in that area. Most points for speeding tickets can range from 2-5. Contact our Charlotte traffic ticket attorneys to talk about the facts of your particular case and the amount of points you are facing.*
Simply put, driver’s licenses points equal money. The more points on your driver’s license, the more points on your insurance and the more points on your insurance, the higher your insurance premium is going to be. Driver’s License points typically stay on your record for a total of three (3) years and are added when you receive any additional traffic citations. How much will your insurance go up with each point? Here is a chart to give you an idea of the estimated increase you could pay per year.
|Insurance Points||% Increase|
These values are based on our research and knowledge of the North Carolina traffic laws and insurance programs and are not meant to be exact amounts.
Am I at risk of a Driver’s License Suspension?
You could be facing a suspension of your privilege to drive if you accumulate enough points or if the traffic offense is severe. In North Carolina, your driver’s license is suspended if you get a total of 12 points on your license within 3 years.
How many points do I have on my driving record?
When you hire one of our Charlotte traffic ticket lawyers we will make sure to provide you with a certified copy of your complete driving history. If you live in North Carolina and would like to check your own driving history you can order a copy of your driving history online at www.ncdot.gov
Contact our Charlotte Traffic Lawyer
If you received a traffic ticket in Charlotte or vicinity, including anywhere in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, Cabarrus, Stanly and Cleveland Counties, call the traffic ticket defense lawyers at Litrenta Law and let us help you today. In most cases, we can resolve your citation without you ever having to spend the time or aggravation of going to Court yourself. Call us 24 hours a day at (704) 800-4220 or fill out the online form located at the top of this page. We offer a free consultation and will keep your information confidential.