Q: My license was suspended on January 7th (Non-Resident Violators Compact Suspension). I received a citation in NC.
I never received any documents via mail for my citation or suspension notice. Is it worth appealing this or should I just pay the fine to reinstate ?
A: You do not state what the citation was for—how serious it is, or what the potential consequences will be if you simply pay it. Some states penalize speeding a certain mph above the posted limit as reckless driving, which can carry jail, or enough points upon conviction to result in suspension or revocation of your privilege to drive. Paying the fine results in conviction. So while nonpayment may also result in suspension, payment will do the same in that situation. Other citations are minor in nature and have no consequences to your privilege to drive, but nonpayment of the fine will result in suspension. In those cases, you may be able to simply pay the fine, get reinstated, and suffer no real consequence. You need to ask a NC lawyer about the specific violation you have been cited for, and the consequences in NC of simply paying the fine. It may be possible to remove the suspension by posting the fine and requesting a trial date. A NC lawyer may be able to obtain a better result than merely paying the ticket. While Maryland does not impose or transfer points on your Maryland driving record on account of out of state citations, the conviction will still appear on your driving record, and MD will honor any suspension or revocation imposed by another state. Insurance companies will take such convictions into account when setting your premiums.
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