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Q: I got a speeding ticket In NC January 57/35 it was dismissed with improper equip another one today for 61 in 35 I’m 18

Both happened in stanly county.

Will I get my driver’s license suspended?

What will happen?

Kristen Dewar
Kristen Dewar answered on Aug 28, 2020

First, getting Improper Equipment is a reduction, not a dismissal, so it will be on your driving record. I suggest consulting with an experienced local traffic attorney in the county where you got the ticket to do review your other driving history with you, and advise you accordingly. If this... Read more »

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Q: Received a ticket but am moving out of state within the week with no way to appear in court. What now?
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Aug 25, 2020

Just hire a traffic attorney in the area where you are to appear in court (this will be listed at the top of the ticket) - easy peasy lemon squeezy. Problem solved and hiring an attorney is way better than paying it off or appearing yourself and bumbling it because you do not know what you are... Read more »

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Q: getting a ticket for passing a parked school bus in the pick up lot with no indication that i couldnt
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Aug 20, 2020

This is a serious criminal traffic charge. If the stop arm was not extended and / or the red lights flashing - you should not have gotten a ticket. You should consult with a local traffic attorney to see what your options are. Best of luck.

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Q: I got a speeding ticket for 20+ over. First offence. What should I do to not get 4 points on my license?

Happened in va and I'm from nj

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jul 20, 2020

Actually, it is more a question of what you shouldn't do - you shouldn't try and handle this yourself. Doing your own legal work is the functional equivalent of attempting to rebuild your's cars transmission if you aren't a mechanic - the results are often similar as well. So... Read more »

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Q: I had my lic suspended in 1999 for not paying a ticket how can I no I get them reinstated after 20yrs
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jun 23, 2020

You are likely going to have to take care of the ticket in some fashion. Paying it off is usually not a good idea. If you don't know what you are doing, paying the ticket off could suspend you further and / or cause an insurance increase. Your best bet is to hire a traffic attorney in the... Read more »

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Q: If i got a ticket for driving with expired tags, can i turn in my tag because of car problems not passing inspection ..

Will they dismiss the charge

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jun 20, 2020

That is kinda like saying if I kill someone will they dismiss the charges if I throw away the gun. They would likely consider dismissing the charges if you got the car fixed and got the tags and inspection squared away. Maybe even if you got a new car with current tags. However, they are not... Read more »

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Q: How should I go about this resolving this DMV issue that shouldn’t be happening.

lived in SC from 2015-2017. I Received a NC drivers license in 2017. I Got a ticket in SC and my NC was suspended For Failure to pay in 2019 in Springfield Township. After I paid the fine NCDMV says eligible to reinstate. It currently says that still. Upon reinstating the National Driver registry... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jun 12, 2020

The bottom line here is if you get tickets and don't properly / timely take care of them, bad things happen - and the more time that goes by, the more confusing and difficult it is to wade thru the administrative sludge to get the bad things resolved (especially by yourself). You do not need... Read more »

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Q: What do letters in front of the speed in the speed space at the bootom a traffic ticket?For instance:R75 and P75.
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on May 15, 2020

Typically the letters indicate the method used to detect the speed. Usually R stands for Radar, P stands for Paced. Sometimes the officer will indicate whether their patrol car was moving or sitting by adding M or S.

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Q: How do I get my license back?

In 2012, I was in a bad car accident with my two small children. I went to court for it and was found not at fault. Later on the others guys insurance(geico) asked a different judge to suspend my license until I paid them 16,000! I explained to them, after finding out that my license was suspended... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on May 6, 2020

Your best bet is to hire a traffic attorney. Most likely DMV will determine if you can be reinstated and under what terms. At this point, it is likely neither the court nor a Judge has any authority regarding your suspension. Best of luck.

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Q: Speeding ticket reduced but still shows as Speeding because it was paid online. How can I it right?

Asst D.A. says it was changed in court,but since I paid online, it was put in system as original Speeding ticket

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on May 5, 2020

You hire a traffic attorney. Doing your own legal work is the functional equivalent of attempting to rebuild your cars transmission if you aren't a mechanic. If you leave things as they are you will likely see an insurance increase for the next 3 years and points on your license. Depending... Read more »

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Q: Why can’t I pay my traffic ticket online after the clerk told me it was reduced so that I could pay it online?
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Apr 18, 2020

The most likely reason is the clerk's office screwed something up or possibly the reduction wasn't to something that can be paid off. You really should just hire a local traffic attorney instead of attempting to handle it yourself. I mean, if your car's transmission breaks down and... Read more »

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Q: What is an attorney wavers.

Can i speek for myself with out wavering my right to an attorney?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Apr 18, 2020

There are lots of different types of Waivers. Typically, you can represent yourself without waiving your right to an attorney. However, you likely should not do that. Best of luck.

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Q: I have a traffic ticket that was due to be paid but I've been laid off due to covid 19..will they give me a penalty?

Citation, failure to reduce speed, has already been settled in court and given 40 days to pay before the shut down..

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Mar 26, 2020

Under normal circumstances a Failure to Reduce Speed ticket should likely have been dismissed (meaning there would be nothing for you to have to pay) so if you handled this yourself - odds are you didn't do it right. If you do not pay, yes a $200 penalty will likely apply and DMV will be... Read more »

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Q: Can i get license after I've gotten a dwlr while waiting on hearing
Kristen Dewar
Kristen Dewar answered on Mar 19, 2020

Being able to get your license depends, of course, upon your eligibility for reinstatement with the DMV. Now, if you're waiting on a DMV hearing, that usually means that you have a current set or permanent suspension suspending your privileges, thus you'd need to have the hearing and win... Read more »

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Q: Question about getting two speeding tickets close together.

I’m 24 and until last month have never had a ticket of any kind or ever even been pulled over. Last month Around 2/12 I got a speeding ticket on the highway for going 81 in a 65. Earlier tonight I was driving back home from purchasing a new car which is much faster than the current one I own.... Read more »

Bill Powers
Bill Powers answered on Mar 15, 2020

GOOD QUESTION

While clearly disconcerting, there may be legal options available.

I think the smart thing to do is to retain legal counsel immediately.

Butch Jenkins is an excellent attorney and super nice guy:...
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Q: Just got my first speeding ticket yesterday. Can I show up to court and ask someone about getting my ticket reduced?

Got me going 70 in a 55. I’ve read online that I may not have to pay anything as I am a first time offender, as long as I go to driving school. Is this true?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Mar 5, 2020

Of course, it's not true. You think driving school is free? Even if you go to court yourself and get approved for driving school, you still have to pay the court cost and fine - typically $263 plus the cost of driving school and you had to waste all your time in court and driving school -... Read more »

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Q: I live in a senior community that requires a sticker issued by the property mgr. to residents to prevent towing. There

are several handicap spaces. My car was parked in one of them when it was towed. I have a handicapped displayed on my rear view mirror. Is that a legal tow?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Feb 26, 2020

According to you - you need a sticker in addition to a handicapped plate or placard. If you didn't have a sticker it is likely a proper tow.

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Q: I got a ticket for going 77 mph in a 55mph zone. It's the first time I've ever gotten in trouble a first offense.

I was wondering as a 24 y.o. male what is the best next step I should take when I arrive at the court? And can it be lowered?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Feb 20, 2020

The best next step is to hire a local traffic attorney and not go to court and try and handle this yourself. Look at it this way, if you aren't a mechanic would you ever think to just go and crack into your car's transmission and try and rebuild that bad boy? It's the same for... Read more »

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Q: I got a ticket last month and now i've gotten the same ticket again can i be charged with both?

the ticket was 91 in a 65 the first time and now this time it's a 74 in a 45.

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Feb 17, 2020

If one was 91/65 and the other was 74/45 - then they aren't the same now are they? And since you have two citations, it is pretty obvious you not only can be but were in fact charged with both and if you keep driving the way these offices have alleged you were driving, you are going to get... Read more »

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Q: I received a speeding ticket in North Carolina but almost all of the information on the ticket is wrong is it valid?
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Feb 13, 2020

As long as you can be identified in some way, yes the ticket is likely valid and any incorrect information can simply be amended by the ADA. However, ff everything is wrong including the name and license number, you may be able to just ignore the ticket. You will know if you have been identified... Read more »

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