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If you’re like most people, when you get a traffic ticket you might be inclined to just pay the fine. This is a typical reaction to tickets for things like speeding, but what about a more serious traffic infraction? Reckless driving and other more serious charges can significantly impact your driving record and your insurance rates. To avoid the consequences of a traffic ticket, the best approach is an aggressive defense.  

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Will An Old Ticket Cause Me To Lose my License

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

In today’s fast paced hectic world, it can be easy to overlook or forget certain things. For instance, how many times have you been hit with a late charge on a monthly bill, or left your coffee cup on top of your car as you drive to work? These examples are minor, and don’t usually result in serious consequences. But things like failing to file a tax return, or letting a traffic ticket go unpaid, are a different story. In North Carolina, if you fail to pay traffic fines, you could lose your right to drive.  

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Key Components To Reducing Traffic Charges

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

Being pulled over and given a ticket is not anybody’s idea of a good day. A traffic ticket can add points to your driving record, and increase your insurance rates. There are ways to avoid these consequences though, and one popular method of keeping the impact of a traffic ticket to a minimum is by seeking a reduction of the charges.  

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The dangers of drinking and driving are well-known. Impaired drivers are less likely to devote their full time and attention to their driving, and as a result an accident can happen. Fighting a DWI can be scary, but with the help of a strategic legal partner, a solid defense can be established. One of the most common defenses is to attack the field sobriety test results. And in a decent number of cases, the results have been found to be invalid. The invalidity of the test hinges on several things, a common theme being that the test result is a “false positive”. Other common areas of error include operator error and equipment malfunction. Any of these things can lead to a test result that is not valid, which provides a strong defense to a DWI charge. But, in today’s technology filled world, a new form of dangerous driving exists: the text and drive scenario.  

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Traffic tickets are a nuisance, and can be expensive in several ways. First there is the fine you pay, second is the likelihood your auto insurance rates will increase, and third are court costs imposed by the state. You might also see added points on your driving record, which can impact your ability to drive. If you have received a traffic ticket, it is important to determine the type of ticket so you can develop an effective defense and save yourself inconvenience and cost.  

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If you’re like most people, when you get a traffic ticket you might be inclined to just pay the fine. This is a typical reaction to tickets for things like speeding, but what about a more serious traffic infraction? Reckless driving and other more serious charges can significantly impact your driving record and your insurance rates. To avoid the consequences of a traffic ticket, the best approach is an aggressive defense.  

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What Is Reckless Driving?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

Sammy Hagar famously sang “I can’t drive 55”, and in the decades since that classic hit, the national speed limit has increased. But, many drivers still exceed the speed limit, and when they do they can face traffic tickets for the violation. If the speed is high enough, speeders can also be charged with reckless driving.A conviction means points on your driving record, and high fines.  

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How Traffic Tickets Impact Auto Insurance

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

While getting pulled over for speeding or some other moving violation may seem like a minor offense, the costs are very real. The fines associated with most speeding tickets are sky high, and getting a ticket can add points to your driving record that may put your ability to drive in jeopardy. But, some of the most severe costs may be the increase in your auto insurance rates.  

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How Long Does A Traffic Stop Last?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

Seeing the flash of a police cruiser’s lights in your rear view mirror makes your heart jump to your throat. When this happens, your best move is to signal you are pulling over and then come to a stop as you wait for the officer to approach your window. Once stopped, remain calm and respectful when answering any questions. If ticketed it may go against your gut feeling, but thank the officer and then resume driving to your destination. Sounds easy enough, right? However, a traffic stop becomes more than routine when you are unsure as to when it has ended. The general rule is that the officer may detain a driver only as long as it takes to complete the actions relative to the initial reason for the stop.  

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It’s no secret that if you are given a ticket and/or convicted of certain offenses “points” are added to your driving record. These points affect your ability to drive and can also cause your insurance company to increase your rates. Therefore, it is important to have an understanding of how certain violations count against you and your driving record.  

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