Q: I got a ticket for going 85 mph in a 65 mph zone in Gaston county NC and was wondering if i could use a PJC
I have only 1 other ticket which was in York County SC for running a stop sign. I need my car for work and cant afford to lose my license. If i am able to use a PJC how would I use it?
A: A PJC is not something you are entitled to and likely not your best option.. It is at a Judge's discretion and each Judge has their own set of criteria for considering whether they will grant a PJC or not. So basically, unless you know the Judge - you need a traffic attorney. If the address on your ticket is correct, you will likely get a crap ton of letters from traffic attorney's. You don't need F. Lee Bailey for a traffic ticket so just pick the cheapest one and roll with that - oh, and stop speeding.
Gaston County is a pretty conservative judicial district. That's a speed where, if convicted, there would be a license suspension.
Frankly, a PJC may not be the best way to go and one should not assume a judge in Gastonia would enter a prayer for judgment in their discretion.
As defense lawyers, we'd normally we'd want to ask a bunch of questions about the prior record and driving history, which includes MORE THAN just traffic tickets.
MORE INFO: https://www.carolinaattorneys.com/blog/how-much-do-you-know-about-traffic-tickets/
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Kristen Dewar agrees with this answer
I agree with the two other posters - a PJC is (1) not something you just "have" to use, like a get out of jail free card, and (2), it's not even likely the best option for resolving that ticket in Gaston County. A PJC is a judicial remedy - meaning it's in the judge's discretion as to whether to grant one. It's also not one I would even use on a speeding ticket unless I was out of other options.
I recommend hiring an experienced traffic attorney who regularly practices in Gaston County who can review your driving record (because the timing of that last SC ticket may matter as well), and can work out the best reduction possible.
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