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There’s nothing fun about receiving a speeding ticket; insurance prices may go up, court fees are paid, and points are taken off of your license. At Cummings & Kennedy Law, our traffic lawyers try and keep this situation from becoming a reality. In a successful case, we will work to either eliminate or reduce the final impact of your speeding ticket. While this isn’t going to be the case for every client, we can earn a favorable outcome for many drivers, and individuals with speeding tickets need to realize they have this opportunity rather than simply settling for the verdict.

When you call on us for a free initial consultation, we start our process by checking to see if the officer who gave the speeding ticket is certified on the radar and if there is an official recording of the speed that you were ticketed for. In the event that we find they have recorded the speed you were clocked at, there are still plenty of other options that we may be able to take advantage of. These options include the argument of improper equipment, a continued judgement, or a reduction deal, each of which will work to improve the spot that you’re in.

If you’re ready to discover what options you have available to you, contact Cummings & Kennedy Law today and ask to set up an appointment with one of our traffic lawyers. Each of our traffic ticket attorneys has worked with numerous speeding cases, providing them with experience in a range of instances and circumstances. As always, the initial consultation with our speeding ticket lawyer is free and confidential. Reach out to us to get started, or feel free to continue reading to find answers to our frequently asked speeding ticket questions, or find further information about how an attorney may benefit you as you deal with your speeding charge.

Do I have to attend my court date?

If your ticket notes that you have to attend court, then you are required to attend a specific court date, or you may face penalties for a failure to appear. You do not have to attend court if your traffic violation is considered a waivable offense (however, you will have to pay the fine prescribed by your citation, or you may attend court to contest the violation). If you fail to appear for a non-waivable traffic offense, you may have your license revoked, you may face court fines, and you may even have a warrant issued for your arrest. If you’d like to extend your court date, it may be best to speak to a traffic attorney to learn about your options and the proper proceedings to extend your trial date.

If I live in a different state, or I’m traveling out of state during my assigned court date, am I still required to go to court?

Although you may have travel plans, or you may live in a different state, you may still be required to attend a court date for a speeding charge. That said, a traffic attorney may be able to attend your court date on your behalf, or you may be able to extend your court date until you are available to return to North Carolina. Again, it may be best to speak to a traffic attorney to learn about your options.

Who can issue a speeding ticket here in North Carolina?

Police officers and state troopers may issue a speeding ticket to drivers here in North Carolina.

When can an officer issue a speeding ticket?

An officer can issue a speeding ticket if they’ve utilized a radar speed detector to record your speed. In some instances, officers neglect to record the specific speed at which you were traveling, or they may be using faulty equipment — both of which may be grounds to have your speeding charge dropped.

Can a speeding ticket be a misdemeanor or a felony?

While speeding alone may not result in a criminal misdemeanor or felony charge, individuals may be issued a speeding charge alongside another infraction that may be considered a misdemeanor or felony. For example, a driver may be charged with a misdemeanor offense if they earn a reckless driving violation alongside a speeding violation. In North Carolina, most speeding infractions are deemed minor offenses, and they will not result in a misdemeanor or felony charge.

What kind of penalties can I expect to incur due to my speeding ticket?

While a speeding ticket may not be expensive on its own (tickets often cost about $30), they also come with court fees if the infraction is not a waivable offense (which can cost about $200).

On top of these fees, your insurance rates may increase. Take a 15 mph over the limit infraction, for instance. In these cases, insurance rates often increase by about 50 percent after the speeding infraction, and that can result in an insurance rate bump that can cost over one thousand dollars over three years of coverage (or approximately 500 dollars per year of coverage).

Total fees and insurance rate increases will vary depending on the severity of the speeding charge, as well as the specific policy of your insurance provider.

Will I earn points on my license because of a speeding ticket?

Yes. Speeding violations are considered moving offenses, and they will result in points being added to your driving record. The covers the basics about moving offenses and points that will accrue on your record due to various violations here in North Carolina:

“Any moving offense conviction in North Carolina will result in points being added to your driving record. If you accrue seven points the state may mandate enrolling in a driver improvement clinic. If you total 12 points within a period of 3 years you may face suspension. Depending on whether you've been suspended for points before, the suspension could last from 60 days to 12 months. [...]The completion of a state-approved driver improvement clinic will remove 3 points from your driving record. Point amounts vary among violations.”

Speeding tickets can earn drivers anywhere from 2 points to 3 points, although you may also have your license revoked immediately if you are charged with committing a more severe speeding infraction (e.g. speeding while traveling at speeds over 75 mph, or speeding by over 15 mph over the speed limit while driving 55 mph or faster).

How does a speeding ticket affect my record?

On top of the points that an infraction will add to your driving record, a speeding violation will also be recorded on your record. Your record is publicly available, and it may affect your ability to get hired in the future. Employers, such as trucking companies, may look into your driving record to see if you are a viable candidate for employment — they may refuse to hire you if you have a record that is less than perfect.

Will a speeding violation affect my insurance rates?

If a speeding violation results in “insurance points” it may affect your insurance rates. Insurers have differing policies about traffic violations and their effect on your insurance rates. Speak with your insurance provider to learn if you may have higher insurance rates due to a traffic violation.

Can my license be suspended due to a speeding violation?

Yes. Under North Carolina law, your licence may be suspended for various, more serious speeding violations. The North Carolina Department of Transportation outlines various infractions that may result in a driver’s license suspension:

“Your driving privilege will be revoked for at least 30 days if you are convicted of:
- Driving any vehicle more than 15 miles per hour over the speed limit, if you are driving at a speed higher than 55 mph.
It will be taken for 60 days if you are convicted of:
- A second charge of speeding over 55 mph and more than 15 mph above the speed limit within one year; or
- Speeding plus reckless driving on the same occasion.
The DMV can also suspend your license for the following:
- Two convictions of speeding over 55 mph within a period of 12 months;
- One conviction of speeding over 55 mph and one conviction of reckless driving within a year;
- A conviction of willful racing with another motor vehicle, whether it is prearranged or unplanned;
- A suspended court sentence or part of a sentence mandating that you must not operate a motor vehicle for a specified period of time; and/or
- A conviction for speeding over 75 mph, in certain cases”

Other, more minor speeding infractions will not result in a license suspension unless the driver already has points on their driving record, and they reach the 12-point limit. Drivers who earn 12 points on their record within a three-year window will have their licenses suspended as well.

Can I get a speeding charge expunged from my record?

Unfortunately, North Carolina does not currently allow expungements for charges involving a motor vehicle violation, including speeding violations.

What happens if I am charged with multiple infractions?

If you have been charged with multiple speeding infractions, you may be facing more serious penalties and you may have your license suspended right away. For instance, if you obtain two consecutive speeding infractions while traveling at over 55 mph within a year of each other, then the North Carolina DMV may suspend your license.

While many travelers on the roads here in North Carolina will come up against speeding tickets throughout the year, most drivers are uncertain about the laws behind their traffic violations, and they’re often confused about the consequences that they may face. If you find yourself pulled over and cited for a speeding violation, we’re here to help. We work with drivers to ensure that they weren’t unfairly cited for an infraction, and we’ll help you to try to obtain a favorable outcome for your specific case, should you try to take your ticket to court. Drivers count on us to defend them when they are accused of a speeding violation because we know local traffic laws, we understand the court proceedings here in Carteret County, we work diligently to protect your rights and your best interests, and we’re trusted, well-known members of the local law community.

We know local traffic laws: Traffic laws vary from state to state, and the penalties for a violation can vary from county to county. Here at Cummings & Kennedy, we understand local traffic laws, and that gives us a cutting edge when it comes time to defend you and to protect your rights. We’ll also help you to understand your options, and what you can do to reduce the impact of a traffic violation.

We understand court proceedings: Court proceedings can be complicated, even for simple traffic infractions. If you’d like to dispute a speeding charge, you’ll have to attend court, and you may have to attend court regardless, depending on the severity of your traffic charge. We’ll help you to understand the court process, and what you will have to do to avoid a failure to appear infraction. We may even be able to attend court proceedings on your behalf, so that you can keep to your normal routine.

We work to protect your rights: We strive to protect you from unfair penalties and unjust prosecution as you face accusations for a traffic violation. We always work with your best interests in mind, and we’ll work with you to determine the best plan of action to reduce your charges, to reduce the impact of a conviction, or to have your charges dropped altogether.

We know local members of the law community: We consistently work alongside judges, prosecutors, officers, and other attorneys in the local law community, providing us with unique resources to tap into, as well as a more thorough understanding of the local law and court system.

Your Carteret County Lawyers - Aiding You Through the Speeding Ticket Process

Should you choose to work with a Carteret County criminal defense attorney from our firm, you will be able to trust in both our ability and our desire to protect your rights – call our firm today and ask to setup a free consultation where we will work with you to determine which plan of action is going to be best for your circumstances.

To learn more about speeding tickets and how we can help, contact Cummings & Kennedy!