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Q: I have court tomorrow for going 51 in a 35. I’m scared they’re going to take my license and I failed to hire a lawyer.

Life happens and I got too caught up in my work (Army). I’m 21 years old and a male. I have the money to pay for the ticket but I would like to reduce the amount my insurance goes up.

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

16 over the limit is technically a misdemeanor criminal al traffic citation but as far as those go - it is relatively speaking a minor ticket. Unless you wanna do a driving school at additional time and expense, your best bet is to just go request a continuance and then go hire a traffic... Read more »

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Q: I got a ticket for going 25 miles over the speed limit.

and it says that I have a court date, but am I able to pay it off, and will I get insurance points

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Oct 15, 2020

You should contact a local traffic lawyer, as you can likely get this plead down to 9 over which will not affect your insurance as long as you have not had any moving violations in the past 3 years. Each county has its own procedures and may or may not plead this down.

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Q: My license has been revoked for 2 years ago until 2023 is there anyway I can get a driving privilege ?

I have two tickets with driving around without a license the first one was because I crashed in the second one I think they have my car marked already I’m no longer driving

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Oct 11, 2020

It sounds an awful lot like you handled these tickets yourself without hiring an attorney. If so, that is likely the primary why you are suspended. You likely need to hire a traffic attorney who can go back into these old tickets and handle them properly in a way that will not suspend you. This... Read more »

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Q: I got a speeding ticket in North Carolina. However the officer out I was in a Kia when I drive a Porsche.

will this ticket be dropped since the car info was wrong?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Oct 9, 2020

Of course not. Administrative errors like that can simply be amended by the DA. Just hire a traffic attorney to handle everything for you.

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Q: What can of proof is acceptable in court if I fixed property damage myself instead of turning it in on my insurance?

I got a ticket for property damage when I hit a mailbox. The law told me to go fix it the next day I did. I didn't turn it in on my insurance because it wasn't that bad. When I went to court they need proof that it's fixed. I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of proof is... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Sep 24, 2020

You can probably get a letter from the owners stating that you fixed the damage, that would likely be enough for the DA. You should also take some pictures of the new mailbox.

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Q: I recently got pulled over by an officer speed trapping, and on the form he gave me it says I was going 78mph in a 55mph

zone. I understand I have the options of either appearing in court, or hiring a lawyer, and I think that I need to hire a lawyer for this. Is there a chance that the lawyer could work something out so that I don't have to lose my license at all. I really can not afford to lose my license, as I... Read more »

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

From the Courts perspective, there is no such thing as a 'speed trap' - you were simply speeding and got caught. So if your license is that important to you - stop speeding. Yes, your best bet is to hire a traffic attorney and yes, they can likely handle this without you having to... Read more »

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Q: how bad does it look getting felony of meth charge at 18 first drug charge ever

my nephew was in a car accident, he is 18 and was scared. he got tboned on driver side then on right side then got hit in rear end and flipped. My nephew ran to a bulding close by but went back to scene and turned himself in before cops ever got done investigating it. He was charged with felony... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Sep 14, 2020

This is a subjective question. To normal average people - it not only looks incredibly bad and will likely ruin your life if convicted - it is in fact objectively bad as well. To other criminals or young people who don't know any better, it may look like you earned some badge of glory. You... Read more »

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Q: I was told my licences was suspended due to a failure to appear which was not my fault what should i do.

I was notified that my licences was suspended when i was pulled over for a light being out displaying my licence plate and tag i notified the officer what had happened and the mix up and was told that when i appear in court to let the judge know everything and it should be dismissed and to get my... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Sep 14, 2020

You are responsible for handling your ticket. So unless you never received the ticket - the FTA is likely your fault. The court and DMV both understand that sometimes things happen and court dates get missed. The court gives you essentially a 20 day grace period to resolve the ticket without... Read more »

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Q: Hey. I have 2 or 3 tickets in different counties but I was in prison so I couldn't take care of them

What do I need to do now it's been almost 10 plus years in both

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Sep 13, 2020

If you have multiple tickets the best thing to do is hire a traffic attorney to take care of them. It is likely important that they be handled in a specific way because certain combinations of outcomes can suspend you.

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Q: If i got a ticket with a Sc license in June but now have a Nc license in July do I still have to pay the ticket?
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Sep 7, 2020

Depends on whether you want to keep the new NC license or not. Also paying the ticket is just not a smart idea. Just hire a traffic ticket attorney to handle everything for you. If you address is correct on the ticket, you will get a crap ton of letters from traffic attorneys happy to help you.... Read more »

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Q: My boyfriend got caught going 120 in a 70, he is getting sent to court if he does not hire a lawyer what will happen?

He did not get his car taken or anything like that, he did not get a ticket on the spot, just a court date.

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

What will happen depends on what choices your boyfriend makes. If he continues to make incredibly bad choices such as driving 120/70 - bad things are likely to happen. So what he likely ought to choose is to consult with a traffic attorney ASAP. Typically at that speed, he will also be charged... Read more »

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Q: My sister used my license identity in North Carolina and received a traffic tickets without me being aware of it
Kristen Dewar
Kristen Dewar answered on Aug 28, 2020

Contact an experienced traffic attorney in the county where the tickets were issued - they can assist you with the best way to handle a situation of identity theft, which happens with traffic tickets more than you'd think, unfortunately with family members.

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Q: I’m 16 and got a speeding ticket July 5 doing 83 in a 55 it was low traffic and cloudy weather

My court date was supposed to be September 4th but got pushed back to November why was it pushed back and will I get my licenses suspended

Kristen Dewar
Kristen Dewar answered on Aug 28, 2020

Since courts in NC have resumed operations in June, most jurisdictions have either postponed traffic court or reduced the number of cases they are hearing per court session, due to the COVID social distancing requirements and the limited space we have in many of our courtrooms around the state. As... Read more »

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Q: My ticket is a NOL, I was given a continuance till October, what to do now ? I can’t take a road test due to COVID 19

This is my second court date due to me missing the first one

Kristen Dewar
Kristen Dewar answered on Aug 28, 2020

I suggest requesting another continuance if the DA's Office where you received this ticket will not dismiss this citation. Most DA Offices around the state are aware of the DMV delays/closures due to COVID.

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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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