We Are Always Working to Reduce the Impact of Your Speeding Ticket
There’s nothing fun about receiving a speeding ticket or moving violation. Your insurance may go up and points added to 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 paying off their and pleading guilty to speeding.
What is a moving violation?
A moving violation is considered to be a violation that occurs while operating a motor vehicle. This can include, but not limited to a speeding ticket, fail to stop at a stop sign, failure to yield, unsafe movement, and failure to stop for a blinking red light.
Do I have to attend my court date for my speeding ticket?
If your ticket says 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. If you hire and attorney, your attorney may be able to “waive” your appearance by signing a waiver form. If you fail to appear and do not have a waiver for your attorney, you may receive a failure to appear. Your license may be revoked, and you may face court fines, or you may even have a warrant issued for your arrest. If you cannot attend court, it is best to contact a traffic attorney to discuss your options.
If I live in a different state, do I still have to go to court for my speeding ticket?
Yes, if you have received a ticket for speeding and the ticket requires you to be in court on a specific date, you are required to attend your court date. Your best option is to contact a traffic lawyer in the COUNTY where you received your ticket.
Who can issue a speeding ticket?
In North Carolina, police officers and state troopers issue speeding tickets.
Can a speeding ticket be a misdemeanor of felony?
Speeding tickets are not typically misdemeanors or felonies, however, you can receive additional charges when a speeding ticket is issues that may be considered a misdemeanor or felony. For example, a driver may be issued a misdemeanor citation for reckless driving along with a speeding ticket.
What are the penalties for a speeding ticket in North Carolina?
While a speeding ticket may not be expensive on its own (tickets often cost about $30), they also come with court fees, which range between $200-$300.
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. If you face a moving violation, contact a traffic attorney to find out the best alternative.
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