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Q: Office said she could’ve hit him if he wasn’t in his car

The officer had just finished giving someone a ticket and she said she saw him turn his lights off. But didn’t move to the other lane. He pulled her over and gave her a ticket.

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jan 23, 2021

Everyone is required to preferably move to the left if possible or at least slow down considerably when passing a stopped officer or other emergency vehicle. It is a complete shame there actually has to be a law to tell people to do that. As to the ticket, there is no fighting a ticket. From the... Read more »

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Q: Traffic ticket? How should we fight a ticket my daughter received?

My daughter was in her way to visit a friend in Raleigh. She wasn’t speeding and saw an officer in the side of the road turning his light off after stopping someone else. He pulled her over and am gave her a ticket stating she COULD’VE hit him if he was outside if his car. The ticket is over... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jan 23, 2021

Everyone is required to preferably move to the left if possible or at least slow down considerably when passing a stopped officer or other emergency vehicle. It is a complete shame there actually has to be a law to tell people to do that. As to the ticket, there is no fighting a ticket. From the... Read more »

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Q: I have a failure to appear form 2018. My NCDL is suspended. What can I do?
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jan 20, 2021

Depends on what you were charged with. Your best bet is to hire an affordable traffic attorney in the local area where you received the ticket.

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Q: if I buy my friends car and keep using their plates, is that fraudulent use?

Bought are in July and have keep insurance just never registered it to myslef

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jan 10, 2021

It may not necessarily be fraudulent use if you aren't doing it purposely or for fraudulent reasons but both failing to title and register a car within a certain time frame of the sale is illegal. I think you must properly title a car within a month or less of the sale. Not quite sure about... Read more »

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Q: If my court date has come and gone, court was cancelled and the officer never filed the ticket...am I in legal purgatory

I received my ticket for speeding on 11/15 for 69 in a 55. Initial court date set for today, 12/18. Saw two days ago (12/16) that court was cancelled. Contacted court clerk's office via telephone (12/16) to confirm. When asked for my ticket number, they had no record of it. Officer... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Dec 28, 2020

You have already wasted more time and effort on this than you should have. Just hire a local traffic attorney, have this reduced to a non-moving violation that will not affect your license and insurance and be done with it. If the address on your ticket is correct, you will likely be getting a... Read more »

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Q: i got a traffic violation , I took the class driving class last year , and im also on probation . any steps to take ?

I need to know what i do next to prevent myself from going to jail and also making my insurance go up to $500 .

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Nov 28, 2020

The short answer is to hire a local traffic attorney in the area where you got the ticket. There may be something you can do yourself such as requesting a PJC or attending a Safe Driving Class for a reduction but these options can have unforeseen consequences based on your prior driving record and... Read more »

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Q: what does it mean when a lawyer says you have outstanding matters in your case
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Nov 16, 2020

If it is in reference to a traffic ticket case an attorney is currently handling for you, then it likely means you have other tickets that you haven't taken care of that are still outstanding and need to be resolved. If you have an attorney currently helping you, this is really a question... Read more »

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Q: I got a speeding ticket for going 15 over a year ago, could I take a defensive driving class now to reduce points?

And reduce the penalties to my insurance? Or is it too late?

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

Likely not - at least not yourself. What you should have done is hire the cheapest traffic attorney you could find to have handled the ticket correctly for you in the first place. Since that ship has sailed, you now likely understand why paying it off (if that is what you did) was a really bad... Read more »

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Q: I got a ticket for dwlr but I missed my court date and couldn't find it online because they spelled my name wronng

Can I get it dismissed?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Nov 4, 2020

If you missed your court date, it will no longer appear online on the AOC website whether your name is spelled correctly or not. Also several bad things either have or may happen: 1) you likely have an outstanding order for arrest 2) if it has been more than 20 days since you missed your court... Read more »

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Q: So I think I just got a warning but with COVID I dont know. Are tickets by mail now or has anything changed?

I got clocked doing 65 in what I thought was a 55 but was actually a 45. After the officer ran my license he just came back, handed it to me and told me to keep the speed down. Normally I would take that as a warning and be very thankful but with COVID I worry it may be by mail or some other means.... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Nov 4, 2020

Are you saying that you can not look at the ticket and tell whether it is a warning ticket or a ticket that you need to take action on? If so, I gotta say that is a bit concerning because both types of tickets are very clear as to what they are. If you'd like, you can text a copy of the... Read more »

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Q: I moved to NC 1 yr ago. A job I applied for will be doing a background check

I got a wet n wreckless in Ca 20 years ago. Will that show up on my back ground check?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Oct 27, 2020

Traffic violations typically stay on your record forever. I am not sure what a 'wet n wreckless' is but if it was 20 years ago, no reasonable person would hold that against you now even if the job involves driving. Best of luck.

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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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