DO YOU KNOW WHY I PULLED YOU?
You will get letters from lawyers if you got a traffic ticket. As anything else, some are good, others less so. You don't know any of them, so which one should you hire?
Most citations can be paid over the phone now, but paying a citation causes a conviction. That means driver's license and insurance points, even for offenses like not having a driver's license in possession! You don't want your insurance hiked up for three years. However, paying a ticket is far better than ignoring it. That could cause your license to be suspended. Even if you have a license from another State, your license will likely be affected.
Instead of paying the citation over the phone, you can go to Court. Most are scheduled for "Administrative" courts where there is no Judge. Usually, there is a DA who may reduce your ticket. If you were ticketed for something which you've corrected, the DA may dismiss the charge. An example would be a ticket for an expired license may be dismissed, because the license was renewed.
Why hire a traffic lawyer? For one thing, a traffic lawyer can usually waive your appearance in Court, so you won't have to miss work or school. More importantly, a good traffic lawyer can prevent bad things from happening. Even minor citations can cause trouble.
The first thing I do is get my clients' driving records. They are confusing to some, but I've used them for years. If you go to Administrative Court, you may see lawyers handing the DA their client's driving records and asking, "What can you do for this?" That's poor lawyering. Firstly, DAs usually don't understand driving records. They also don't understand understand how a ticket affects your license and insurance. They're not trained for it. Their job is to prosecute. DAs and Judges need your lawyer to tell them what you need and why they should do it.
OUT OF STATE DRIVERS may be tempted to throw their tickets in the trash. However, what happens in North Carolina will affect you. An increasing number of States are becoming members of Nonresident Drivers License Compacts. They report traffic violations to each other. That includes tickets that are paid, as well as unpaid tickets and failures to appear in Court. If you ignore your ticket, your home State may deny you a license renewal, or take another action against you. Insurance companies don’t care where the ticket was written.
Call us now, so we can begin work on your case.
THE DAWSON LAW FIRM, PC
534 East King Street * King, N.C. 27021
Phone: 336-983-3192 1-888-433-1169
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