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Q: I was recently pulled over and given a careless driving ticket. The fine is 1,000, but I thought the maximum was 200
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answered on Jan 10, 2024

In North Carolina, careless driving violations are subject to fines, and the amount can vary based on the circumstances of the offense. While the maximum fine for a careless driving ticket may indeed be $200 in some cases, it's crucial to recognize that certain factors can lead to increased... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: (N400 citizenship) So I got a speeding ticket in 2019 it was reduced to improper equipment, I paid the fine of $250

I mentioned this ticket to my lawyer later on I came to find out he marked yes to question 24 and 25 on part 12 of the application. Which imply being charged and convicted for a criminal offense. I was only given a speeding ticket and a fine. Should I say no to these questions in the interview and... View More

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
answered on Aug 13, 2023

If your attorney is not going to the hearing or interview, then you may need another attorney to attend. You’ll need proof that you did not have a traffic offense where there was a fine for more than $500. Let the adjudicator decide whether the answer is yes or no. You were ‘cited’ for a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for North Carolina on
Q: Does NC Highway Patrol need suspicion of crime or violation to stop or detain me? Do I have to ID to them/them to me?

I had been stopped by NC Highway Patrol at a checkpoint and asked for my identification. I asked if I had done anything wrong and would prefer not to ID if I didn’t commit a crime, that it was my understanding NC isn’t a Stop and ID State and felt being forced to do so would violate my 4th... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 8, 2023

Police in many jurisdictions establish check points where they check all vehicles that pass through, mostly looking for DUI, but also for registration/license violations. These are advertised in advance in the newspapers or on the city website. At these checkpoints the law allows the officers to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: Ive been driving less then a year & got ticket doing 55mph in a 35mph. What will happen and how much will I pay?

I live in NC

Melissa  Gott
Melissa Gott
answered on Jul 6, 2023

In North Carolina, a conviction for a moving violation leads to the addition of points on your driving record. These points remain on your record for three years. If you accumulate more than twelve points within a three-year period, your license will be suspended for sixty days. Additionally, if... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: My court date on the paperwork served on me is 03-06-23 but I just received a letter from clerk of court with different

I received a letter from the clerk of court with a different court date what should I do

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answered on Jan 20, 2023

You should contact the clerk directly to confirm that the date provided on the letter is the correct court date. You should also search for your court date at https://www.nccourts.gov/court-dates to confirm your court date.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: Is it lawful for a vehicle with a proper handicap placard to park in a handicap parking spot but is not operated by the

owner of the placard? The owner of the placard is not always in the vehicle. The handicap space in located in a residential area.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 8, 2023

Most states require the person to whom the placard was issued to be with the vehicle while the placard is in use. I recommend you contact several attorneys in your area that practice this type of law, as soon as possible. Thank you for using Justia ask a lawyer.

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Q: Moved to NC 3 months ago. Get pulled over for speeding. My court date was yesterday and I missed it. What can I do now?

I was driving back from Maryland from picking up my son and I literally was going around someone slow in the left lane when I sped up to get past him and switch back into the left lane the cop was in front of me and said I came up on him too fast.

My fear is I’m going to go to jail for... View More

Ben Corcoran
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answered on Jun 29, 2023

Depending on the nature of the ticket, it could be a very simple fix or might involve slightly more money. Hire a local traffic attorney to assist you. You will generally get a better deal than negotiating yourself.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: Should I use the online request for speeding reduction, or hire a lawyer? 48 in a 35 and no prior citations.

Basically wondering if using the online request system is as effective at trying to get a reduction to "improper equipment" as hiring a lawyer; but also, if I use the online request and don't get a satisfactory outcome, can I still hire a lawyer to try again? I don't expect... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on May 22, 2023

Definitely hire a traffic ticket attorney. Look on Justia and with Google.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: Got a failure to yield in NC. My question is under the person I pulled out in front of it says license state is NA why?

State license number starts with 00 and state says NA so just trying to find out what that means. Thanks!

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on May 22, 2023

NA means "not available." This means the officer did not get the plate of the car you cut off.

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Q: i’m 21, just got my first speeding ticket and only ever ticket. He clocked me at 71 mph in a 55. what could happen?
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answered on May 8, 2023

You can likely get this downgraded to a charge of improper equipment, which will have minimal effects on you. However, it is at the local DA's description to do so.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: Can the attorney handling your traffic citation able to get it reduced prior to the court date which is 3 mos away?
N'kia (NLN)
N'kia (NLN)
answered on May 3, 2023

An attorney might be able to get an early disposition, but it all depends in part on the county.

You might consider one or more of the following:

1. Check out that county's website.

2. Contact the clerk of court in that county.

3. Consult with an attorney who...
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Q: Should I ask for a prayer for judgement doing 22 mph over the speed limit? This is my very first Traffic violation.
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answered on Jul 22, 2022

Hello there,

To answer this question I would need to know some more information: What county were you charged in? Have you had any other tickets in the last three years? Are you willing to complete community service or a driving school course? Are you licensed in the state of North...
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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... View More

Ben Corcoran
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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
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... View More

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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... View 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... View 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... View 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... View 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... View 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... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
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?

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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
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... View More

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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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