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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: Failure to transfer title within 28 days - guilty of class 2 misdemeanor?

If you don't transfer title within 28 days after sale of vehicle, NC G.S. 20-73 seems to indicate you are guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor. Does that mean if I go to the DMV and transfer the title now (including paying the DMV's late penalty fee) that I will have a class 2 misdemeanor on my record?... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jan 23, 2020

No, you do not just 'magically' get a class 2 misdemeanor tacked onto your record. You'd have to be formally charged and then convicted and most DA's aren't interested in prosecuting someone who didn't realize they need to do a title transfer. If you go take care of your business the way you... Read more »

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Q: Are you always automatically guilty when it comes to a speeding ticket in Onslow County, NC?

why is there such a mystery surrounding speeding tickets in NC? I don't understand why they cannot be addressed. My daughter opted to go to court on the date shown on the citation as she felt she was innocent of speeding. The first time she went there was no judge so they continued. Same thing... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jan 8, 2020

You how when you car is making a grinding sound and you are not a mechanic you go see a mechanic? Well the same holds true for legal work. When you have a court issue and you aren't an attorney - you don't try to crack into it and represent yourself - you hire a traffic attorney. Had she done... Read more »

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Q: Can a sheriff cime to my home at 11 at night and write me a speeding ticket for something he says happen 2 days before
Bill Powers
Bill Powers answered on Jan 6, 2020

GREAT QUESTION

I am aware of no law in North Carolina that prevents an officer from issuing a ticket after-hours. It's frankly doesn't sound like a very safe/smart/nice thing to do.

Most NC defense lawyers would want to more about that fact-pattern before deciding how to move...
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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: I was given probation in another county I had got a ticket in for a pending DWI in the county I live in. Can I fight it?

Should I seek a lawyer to take it back to court so I can get off probation?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jan 1, 2020

Your question doesn't make sense. You do not get probation for pending matters. Do you mean a probation violation? If so, you really shouldn't get violated merely for being charged. Regardless, if you have a pending DWI - you need an attorney. So shop around for a DWI attorney in the county... Read more »

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Q: Do I attend the first court date ?

I got pulled over for my 3rd speeding ticket , he gave me a ticket which had no payment on it and a court date but I got a paper in the mail saying a different date and that it was a hearing do I attend both court cases ?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Dec 12, 2019

If you are smart you won't attend any hearings, you will hire the cheapest local traffic attorney you can find. That and of course stop speeding. However, if the clerk's office sent you a notice of a new court date typically you would just attend the updated court date not the court date on the... Read more »

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Q: Can I remove traffic violations if I have a warrant without being arrested
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Dec 11, 2019

I'm not sure what you mean by 'remove traffic violations'. If you mean have then removed from your record - no. If you mean take care of them your self - no, at least likely not without being arrested if there is an outstanding warrant. Just bite the bullet and hire the cheapest traffic... Read more »

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Q: I got a speeding ticket and all my personal information is wrong.

I got a speeding ticket going “70”mph in a 55mph zone and all the personal information is my mother’s, including DL number, age, birthday, social security number, etc despite him having MY license. It says my mother is the one being charged and that she would need to appear in court, when I... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Dec 1, 2019

Of course they aren't grounds for dismissal and it is pointless to 'attack' a ticket. Hire the cheapest local traffic ticket attorney you can find and don't speed anymore.

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Q: My Tennessee license is suspended for un paid fines for both Tn&Va. Va changed their

Their laws on suspending license and will reinstate me without paying tickets. Tn sys they won't u less I pay Va tickets. Regardless of a clearance letter from Va. Can they make me pay Va??

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Nov 29, 2019

TN can not make you pay the VA tickets but TN can keep you suspended from driving in their state (and other states if you have a TN license) until you do. This is regardless of whether you can be reinstated anywhere else. You should just man up, be responsible and pay what you own instead of... Read more »

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Q: In NC, is it illegal to have a plate on the front of a car from another state? The car has valid NC plates on the rear.

An officer pulled me over as I was leaving the gas station. He stated, ”I am pulling you over because you have two different plates on the vehicle.” I was not speeding or driving erratically and I stopped and signaled where appropriate. The vehicle is registered and insured. The proper stickers... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Nov 18, 2019

Did you get a ticket? If not, it likely isn't illegal.

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Q: I got a speeding ticket when I am Travelling from NC to VA on driving speed 82 in 70 area i-85 brunswick county VA

Do i need to hire a attorney?

how can i dismiss my ticket?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Nov 12, 2019

Yes, you need to hire an attorney but you need to hire a Virginia Traffic Attorney. You do not need F. Lee Bailey for a traffic ticket so just go with the cheapest one you can find. As to how you can dismiss your ticket - you can't, you don't have that authority and the DA is likely not going to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: Does North Carolina have a law about opening and closing vehicle doors?

I have seen states like Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington with a law about opening motor vehicle doors.

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Nov 11, 2019

If you open a car door into a traffic lane and it gets hit it is your fault as you have the duty to make sure it is safe to open you car door.

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Q: This article would benefit from some graphics to illustrate some of the measurements. and partially blocked driveways
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Nov 6, 2019

Not sure exactly what you think you were trying to do but you ain't doing it right.

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Q: For a speeding ticket The officer put I am class C on the ticket while I am CDL class A. Is this grounds for dismissal?

The ticket was written for “70 in a 55”. The officer was blacked out sitting in the median with no running lights. There is false Information on my ticket. It states I am a class C driver when it clearly states on my license I am a CDL class A driver. Is this grounds for ticket dismissal if I... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Oct 25, 2019

Of course not. That is just incredibly ridiculous, as is your lame complain that the officer was 'in hiding' along with the idea of 'going to court to fight it'. You were speeding - so just do what a reasonable, normal person ought to do which is hire a traffic attorney you can find so your lead... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: Is there a law about tacking on late fees for a speeding offense
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Oct 22, 2019

Of course. You don't think you get to blow off a ticket without bad things happening - do you?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: Got a speeding ticket on I40 east, my ticket has several inaccuracies. My first name is spelled wrong, my licensing

state is wrong and my address state is wrong. I was doing 72 in a 65 with another car right next to me. The officer clocked that car first at 70 and choose to pull me over. On the ticket he put down 72 in a 55 which is false. When I pulled over it was in front of a speed limit sign stating 65. What... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Oct 10, 2019

The likely hood of a dismissal is so close to zero as to be virtually indistinguishable - especially if you try and handle it yourself and roll up into to Court saying all the incredibly irrelevant things you did in your question. Just hire the cheapest traffic attorney you can find and oh yeah,... Read more »

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Q: I was going 87 in a 60. I have mandatory court appearance. Can I get this reckless driving ticket reduced?
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Oct 7, 2019

You? Likely, no. At least not properly. A traffic attorney - likely yes. If the address on your ticket is correct, you will be getting a crap ton of letters from traffic attorneys. You do not need F. Lee Bailey for a traffic ticket so just pick the cheapest one and roll with that. Oh, and... Read more »

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Q: I just got my first ticket yesterday for speeding 72 in a 50. Hire a lawyer? I don’t want the points. What to do?

Someone said there is a Prayer for Judgment that I can plead?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Oct 5, 2019

If you aren't a mechanic and the transmission in your car goes out - you hire a mechanic. Likewise, if you aren't an attorney and you get a traffic ticket (especially one 22 over) - you hire a traffic attorney. If the address on your ticket is correct, you will be getting a crap ton of letters... Read more »

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Q: If my ticket doesn’t have any boxes checked off for whether I have to appear in court or not, What do I do?

I was pulled over for “failure to stop at a stop sign” and on the ticket, none of the back portion of it is filled out. Doesn’t tell me whether I have to appear for court or not.

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Sep 26, 2019

Do yourself a favor and just hire the cheapest traffic attorney you can find and be done with it.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: Can I get a dismissed speeding ticket removed from my driving record?

I recently found out that a ticket I received in December 2018 which was dismissed by the district attorney still shows up on my driving record. It does say it was dismissed, however I would rather not have it on my record at all. Is there a way to get it removed?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Sep 23, 2019

Of course not. It will remain a permanent part of your driving record. It is of course possible it could get removed due to some clerical error or other type of glitch but likely not due to your request unless you are powerful enough or have connections that are powerful enough but if you did,... Read more »

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Q: If an address is written incorrectly on a citation can the ticket be dismissed??

I received a speeding ticket in Burgaw. I accelerated to pass the car in front of me. Police was right there on route 40. The address on the citation

is incorrect. Since the trooper said I was going 85 in a 70 zone it is mandatory that I appear in court. I live out of state and am a... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Sep 12, 2019

Can it be dismissed - sure, but the real question is whether it is likely to be dismissed and the answer to that is - no. The DA has the authority to amend and correct errors on the citation and they will likely do so especially for a simple administrative error such as an incorrect address. As... Read more »

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