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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Land Use & Zoning for North Carolina on
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 legal work - you... 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 more... 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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
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 Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser 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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
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 Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser 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 to me... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
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 was suspended... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser 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 mentioned is a... 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 Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser 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 to stop... 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 Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser 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.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
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 Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser 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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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: Can you go to jail for a traffic ticket
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jan 26, 2020

Yes.

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 »

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

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
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 »

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

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

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

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
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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