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Q: Should i hire a traffic attorney?

I was pulled over for not having my turn signal on. Cop was following too close was honking at me and finally stops. He pulls me over doesn’t tell me who he was except that he’s an investigator since he was in an undercover car. He ask for my information i didn’t have my

License on me. So i gave him my registration. He comes back gives me a pink slip starts telling me he should arrest me and on the ticket it says failure to provide a license, reckless and dangerous driving , switching in and out of lanes. Without turn signal. Which was incorrect i switched out of one lane since there’s only two so i can make a left turn. Should i hire an attorney or go to court and pay the fine. He was very unprofessional with repeatedly saying he should arrest me and then tells me he can’t write me a ticket so he gave me the paper he did. I can’t find it online with the citation number. How bad would this affect me? I’m a service member and i had one ticket 3 almost 4 years ago.

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Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: You are not required to signal a lane change - only a turn and even then only a turn in which other traffic may be affected. As to the other charges - you need a traffic attorney and a good one. From your description, you are charged with criminal misdemeanor traffic violations. If convicted as charged, you will likely lose your license, see a huge insurance increase and depending on how well liked (or more to the point - not liked) you are by your command, you may see issues with your military career.

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Bill Powers
Bill Powers
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Well, gracious. That certainly is problematic.

Those are serious allegations that could have long-term consequences to your license and insurance premiums.

Best Bet: Retain legal counsel. Based on the inquiry, there are likely some legal options available.

Bill Powers

Charlotte Traffic Law Defense

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Kristen Dewar
Kristen Dewar
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Hire an experienced traffic attorney who regularly practices in the county where you received those tickets. Don't try to work it out yourself.

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