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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 Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson 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 Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson 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 Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson 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 Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson 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 Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson 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 Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson 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 Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson 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 Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson 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 Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson 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 Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson 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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Q: If a lawyer set a court date for me on a 16 year old bounced check. Is the warrant still active? Or am i okay till then?

16 year old bounced check warrant in NC. I live in another state right now. I just found out about the warrant. I hired a lawyer. He now has a court date for me. Being i now have a court date, does that nullify the warrant til court date? Also isnt there a statute of limitations on this. All also... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Feb 11, 2020

If you have already hired an attorney, the logical thing for you to do would be to call the attorney you hired. Asking questions on a public forum like this kinda defeats the purpose of having hired an attorney. As to whether the warrant is still active - sometimes they are stricken prior to the... Read more »

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Q: North Carolina Ticket

I got a ticket in Cabarrus County Nortch Carolina. I am recently moved here for CA. In CA we could take a driving class so ticket wouldn't show on record. Can we do that in North Carolina?

Kristen Dewar
Kristen Dewar answered on Feb 10, 2020

Cabarrus County’s DA’s Office doesn’t accept driving school for reductions or dismissals. The available option in Cabarrus County is a reduction, either to a lesser speed, or to a non-moving violation such as Improper Equipment, all of which depends on your prior driving history. Contact a... Read more »

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Q: Court in the a.m. with no attorney currently

I was traveling 60 in a 45mph zone (thought it was posted as a 55) my dilemma is I haven't settled on an attorney in which I want to hire, mostly financial reasons at the moment. I was curious to see how I should address my need to the da or judge. Thank you

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Feb 6, 2020

There are likely plenty of local attorneys who would have worked with you regarding payment. If the address on your ticket is correct, I am sure you received a crap ton of letters from them so you shouldn't have even had to leave you house to shop around. So this smells like procrastination... Read more »

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Q: I was stopped for a suspended license but it's not. I was then stopped by another cop who said it wasn't, what do I do?

The second cop who stopped me ran it through the system and said it wasn't suspended and doesn't know why the first cop gave me a ticket, but said I still have to go to court. I don't know what to do. I dont think I should have to pay the ticket because the officer lied and said it... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Feb 1, 2020

Let's just get things nice and sparkling clear. Because you very clearly have a few wrong ideas here. First, you weren't stopped for a suspended license - you were likely stopped for something else and then the issue of a potential suspend license came up. Second, the charge you... Read more »

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Q: Today I was on a 2 lane with a turn lane. There was a school bus who stopped as I was coming by. It had flashing

Yellow lights and I could not see if the stop sign was out it was dark I went past them and looked in my rear view and the lights were still yellow the car behind me stopped. Should I be worried about a ticket or points?

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Jan 30, 2020

Depends on what you mean by "on a 2 lane with a turn lane'. If you mean there were two lanes in your direction of travel, a turn lane in the middle and two lanes in the other direction of travel with the school bus stopped in the opposite direction of travel - then you have no obligation... Read more »

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Q: What are my best options for getting this ticket thrown out? It says I can request dismissal online. What do I do?

I was pulled over for speeding 64 in a 45. I explained my situation and the officer understood. He gave me a warning. However, my license was recently expired as I just turned 21 in late December and did not realize that they expired so soon after. He wrote me a ticket for “Operate a Motor... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Jan 30, 2020

Just go hire a traffic attorney - you have already wasted more time and energy than necessary on this by asking this question.

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Q: My son was pulled over in FL & told his license was suspended. He contacted DMV because he had pd. for a ticket and take

classes. Turns out it is an NC ticket from 20 years ago. The name on the ticket is spelled wrong and he never lived at the address shown on the ticket. They want $414. He is unsure but thinks he got a ticket which was paid however we have no info from 20 years ago. Is there any way to get this... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Jan 29, 2020

Sure, do what he should have done 20 years ago. Hire a local traffic attorney to make sure the ticket is taken care of properly. Just 'paying it off' is almost always a giant mistake.

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Q: Can you go to jail for a traffic ticket
Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Jan 26, 2020

Yes.

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