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Q: I know someone who was arrested for killing someone while driving impaired but continues to drink and drive.

Is there anything I can do legally to stop them from getting behind a wheel? Does this qualify for involuntary rehab treatment?

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Q: How is it possible to receive a citation for speeding and expired tag if I was never stopped and my tags are current?

I received local attorney ads to represent me. I was a bit confused because I haven’t received a ticket or was stopped by police. I looked up the citation number and it say I received a ticket for speeding and expired tag. Court date is in October.. which I thought was weird for a speeding... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: An organization refuses to admit not seeing a sticker on my car for parking, forcing me to pay a “discount”. Legal/Sue?

My apartment complex put a tire clamp on my vehicle because they thought they didn’t see a sticker. I had talked to them about overriding it because it’s there but they claimed the sticker needed to be placed in the front. No instruction was given to me and nowhere on the lease does it... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Jun 13, 2022

Send them a copy of your lease, you are not bound by a term that is not contained in your lease. Politely ask them to remove the jack and waive the fine. If they refuse then threaten legal action.

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Q: Got pulled over doing 71 in a 55, can i appeal for a reduction?

Hi, i was pulled over doing 71 in a 55. When his lights turned on i immediately looked at my speedomte and mine said 69. He was also hidden, it was a back road that was pitch black that i have only ever driven on once before, and in the pitch dark out of nowhere his lights turned on and he pulled... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Apr 5, 2022

While I don't know what Wiliminton's DA's policy is, it is highly likely that if you hire a local attorney they can plea the ticket down to a level that will not affect your insurance. Generally speaking this costs somewhere between 100-150 and then you have fines and court costs on top of that.

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Q: If a traffic ticket has a charge that is false, can the ticket be dismissed?

A ticket was issued for a failure to stop at a 4-way stop sign. If you stop at the sign you cannot see clearly, so I stopped before the intersection, but not directly at the stop sign. Also the ticket says that there was a flashing red light, but there is not.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Feb 8, 2022

The particular charge may be dismissed but not necessarily the entire ticket. I suggest that you contact a traffic ticket attorney in your area and ask how the local jurisdiction approach these type cases----hire4 an attorney to represent you if necessary. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Insurance Defense for North Carolina on
Q: I have been charged today (citation) for driving at 85mph on an highway with 65mph limit, lincoln county NC.

I am 26 living in NC and I don't have a single traffic ticket or violation so far and clean on my criminal records. Today I got a speeding citation(GS 20-141(J1)) on highway for driving 20mph over the limit of 65mph and was given court date. I am worried if this will impact my career since as... Read more »

Charlie Gray
Charlie Gray
answered on Jul 30, 2021

Most counties reduce speeding tickets to give people an incentive to go ahead and take care of them. Technically, speeding at a high enough speed is treated as a criminal charge and, if convicted, would show up on a background check. Getting it reduced would address this and is usually how traffic... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for North Carolina on
Q: I was issued a hit and run citation. I didn’t realize I hit the other vehicle in a parking lot. What should I do next?

I am prepared to repair the damage but I really had no idea it made contact. I knew I was close but didn’t tell or hear any contact. My car had a light scratch only. The other has a plastic 1/4 panel that will need to be painted and dent removed. I have no criminal or traffic infractions on my... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 29, 2021

Only a North Carolina attorney could advise here, but your question remains open for three weeks. If you haven't already done so at this point, you could reach out to local attorneys to discuss handling of the matter (while at the same time looking into arrangements to cover the property... Read more »

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Q: When is it too late to hire a lawyer for a speeding ticket?

I received a speeding ticket going 22 miles over and I haven't been able to call a lawyer because the times I am off work, their business hours are closed. I have a little more than a month left before the court date.

I want it to not affect my insurance

Is there a certain... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Apr 26, 2021

You should contact a lawyer as soon as possible---the more time the lawyer has to work on your matter and get it resolved the better. That said, you can hire a lawyer up to the time your matter is adjudicated, however, the closer you get to that deadline, the more difficult it might be to hire a... Read more »

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Q: When is it too late to hire a lawyer for a speeding ticket?

I received a speeding ticket in December going 22 miles over and I haven't been able to call a lawyer because the times I am off work, their business hours are closed. I have a little more than a month left before the court date in June.

I don't want it to affect my insurance... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Apr 23, 2021

One day after the court date.

In most counties, this can be reduced to a 9 over, which, if it is your first and you are the only person on your insurance, will not affect your insurance.

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Q: I was going 56 in a 35 after missing signs that speed reduced along a major road. My ticket requires court appearance.

Should I hire a lawyer? How much will that cost? What is the chance that I can get points reduced? What is the chance that I can avoid going to court?

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Apr 23, 2021

Most lawyers charge around $100 for traffic matters, a lawyer can likely get this reduced to a charge of improper equipment depending on your record. Should you hire a lawyer you will likely not have to go to court.

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Q: Recently my rear driver side LED went out. However, my rear passenger side one works. Both breaks work....

^is it legal to drive till I can get it replaced?

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Apr 7, 2021

You may get a ticket for driving the vehicle in its current condition, but if you fix it and show the court proof of the fix the ticket would be dismissed.

What is more likely to happen is that once it comes time for your annual inspection you will have to get it fixed.

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Q: Is it legal for an officer to write the same citation for expired registration to two different people for same car

I got a citation for expired registration/tag in November 2020 and the court date is February 19,2021. My fiancé came home one evening the last week of January and said he had just gotten a citation for the same exact thing by the same officer and his court date is March 19,2021. Is it legal for... Read more »

Kristen Dewar
Kristen Dewar
answered on Feb 17, 2021

Yes, it's legal. A law enforcement officer can issue the driver of a car with an expired registration tag a ticket every time someone is observed operating the car on a public street or highway. It doesn't matter if the driver of the vehicle has already been issued a previous ticket for... Read more »

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Q: Is it worth it to pay a lawyer for a traffic ticket?
David Allan King
David Allan King
answered on Feb 17, 2021

It depends. Usually folks hire a lawyer if either (a) it's a major ticket like a DUI or (b) it's a minor ticket that will effect their insurance or license, because of prior strikes. If it's your first ticket, it's a minor ticket, it falls under your insurer's forgiveness... Read more »

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Q: My tickets are 21 years old. The reinstatement fee was 30 dollars back then. Does "another amount required" applies?

Under the new statue it states unless another amount is required. What does that mean exactly?

Amanda Bowden Johnson
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Amanda Bowden Johnson
answered on Jan 26, 2021

The reinstatement fee is more now and you will likely be required to pay the current reinstatement fee now what was in effect 21 years ago. However, the reinstatement fee is irrelevant until you have resolved the old tickets - as you will remain suspended until they are taken care of. Your best... Read more »

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Q: Traffic ticket? How should we fight a ticket my daughter received?

My daughter was in her way to visit a friend in Raleigh. She wasn’t speeding and saw an officer in the side of the road turning his light off after stopping someone else. He pulled her over and am gave her a ticket stating she COULD’VE hit him if he was outside if his car. The ticket is over... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Johnson
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Amanda Bowden Johnson
answered on Jan 23, 2021

Everyone is required to preferably move to the left if possible or at least slow down considerably when passing a stopped officer or other emergency vehicle. It is a complete shame there actually has to be a law to tell people to do that. As to the ticket, there is no fighting a ticket. From the... Read more »

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Q: Office said she could’ve hit him if he wasn’t in his car

The officer had just finished giving someone a ticket and she said she saw him turn his lights off. But didn’t move to the other lane. He pulled her over and gave her a ticket.

Amanda Bowden Johnson
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Amanda Bowden Johnson
answered on Jan 23, 2021

Everyone is required to preferably move to the left if possible or at least slow down considerably when passing a stopped officer or other emergency vehicle. It is a complete shame there actually has to be a law to tell people to do that. As to the ticket, there is no fighting a ticket. From the... Read more »

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Q: I have a failure to appear form 2018. My NCDL is suspended. What can I do?
Amanda Bowden Johnson
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Amanda Bowden Johnson
answered on Jan 20, 2021

Depends on what you were charged with. Your best bet is to hire an affordable traffic attorney in the local area where you received the ticket.

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Q: if I buy my friends car and keep using their plates, is that fraudulent use?

Bought are in July and have keep insurance just never registered it to myslef

Amanda Bowden Johnson
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Amanda Bowden Johnson
answered on Jan 10, 2021

It may not necessarily be fraudulent use if you aren't doing it purposely or for fraudulent reasons but both failing to title and register a car within a certain time frame of the sale is illegal. I think you must properly title a car within a month or less of the sale. Not quite sure about... Read more »

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