Traffic Violations Attorney in Monroe, NC
Defending Union County Residents From Traffic Offenses
Blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror. Your stomach drops. You have been cited with a traffic violation. Most of us have been there and the attorneys at Leitner, Bragg & Griffin are here to help you.
From speeding, to expired registration or lapsed insurance, it is important you speak with an attorney about your rights and options before resolving a traffic ticket on your own. Simply paying off your traffic ticket could result in collateral consequences such as increased insurance rates and license points.
Leitner, Bragg & Griffin will handle your traffic ticket every step of the way. Often, we are able to appear in court on your behalf saving you time and money.
Consequences of Traffic Violations in North Carolina
Traffic violations in North Carolina can result in a range of consequences, including:
- Fines: Depending on the severity of the violation, fines can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.
- Points on your license: Each traffic violation is assigned a point value, and accumulating too many points can result in the suspension or revocation of your driver's license. In North Carolina, if you accumulate 12 points within a three-year period, your license will be suspended for at least 60 days.
- License suspension: Certain traffic violations, such as driving under the influence (DUI), can result in an automatic license suspension. Other violations can result in a suspension if you accumulate too many points or fail to appear in court.
- Increased insurance rates: Traffic violations can also result in increased insurance rates, as insurers consider drivers with a history of violations to be a higher risk.
- Criminal charges: In some cases, traffic violations can result in criminal charges, such as reckless driving or hit-and-run accidents.
- Jail time: For more serious traffic offenses, such as DUI or driving with a suspended license, jail time may be imposed as a penalty.
It's important to take traffic violations seriously, as they can have long-term consequences for your driving record, insurance rates, and even your freedom. If you receive a traffic ticket, consider consulting with a traffic attorney who can advise you on your options and help you minimize the consequences.
How Do You Get a Traffic Ticket Dismissed in North Carolina?
Getting a traffic ticket dismissed in North Carolina depends on the specific circumstances of the ticket, but there are a few general steps you can take to try to get it dismissed:
- Request a hearing: In North Carolina, you have the right to contest a traffic ticket in court. To do this, you must request a hearing within 30 days of receiving the ticket. You can usually request a hearing online or by mail.
- Gather evidence: Before your hearing, gather any evidence that may help you contest the ticket, such as photographs or witness statements. If you plan to argue that the officer who issued the ticket was mistaken, for example, you may want to bring a copy of the police report or dashcam footage that shows what happened.
- Attend your hearing: At your hearing, you will have the opportunity to present your case to a judge. Be prepared to explain why you believe the ticket should be dismissed and provide any evidence you have gathered. The officer who issued the ticket will also have the opportunity to present their side of the story.
- Consider a plea bargain: If you don't think you have a strong case, you may want to consider negotiating a plea bargain with the prosecutor. This could involve pleading guilty to a lesser charge or paying a reduced fine in exchange for dropping the ticket.
- Appeal the decision: If the judge rules against you, you may be able to appeal the decision to a higher court.
Keep in mind that getting a traffic ticket dismissed can be challenging, and the outcome will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. It's always a good idea to consult with a traffic attorney who can advise you on the best course of action.
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