Concord, Cabarrus County FAQs
Each day our Concord traffic ticket lawyers hear from individuals across the United States who got cited with a traffic violation in Cabarrus County. These questions range from insurance and driving privileges to incarceration and the loss of their vehicle. While all cases are unique and no “one size fits all approach” below are general answers to some of the most asked questions.
“I was leaving the Concord Mills Mall when I got a speeding ticket for 71 in a 55. The officer said I have to go to Court but I am not going to be in town. Is my appearance really mandatory?”
Yes, your ticket does require your appearance in court. North Carolina sets mandatory court appearances for certain speeds of which 71 in a 55 (a common ticket) is one. However, you can avoid your court appearance if you hire a licensed traffic attorney to appear for you.
“My husband just got cited with a Monroe speeding ticket 21 miles over the speed limit. The officer said he could lose his license is that correct?”
Assuming the speeding ticket is handed properly and there are no prior tickets it is a misstated that he would lose his license. However, he is facing a suspension of his driving privilege. Our lawyers are extremely familiar with this type of citation and can walk you through the best way to handle it.
“I was passing through Union County on vacation when I got a traffic ticket. Is my home state going to find out about this ticket?”
In general we tell our out of state clients that their home states will most likely become aware of their NC traffic tickets. Computer technology has made DMV’s more efficient in sharing ticket data. 20 years ago it was not uncommon for people to disregard out of state tickets. Our traffic lawyers field daily phone calls from people who got tickets years ago which finally caught up with them. As such, we advise our clients to handle their tickets properly when they first get them.
“I just got a call from my son who was arrested for a Cabarrus speeding ticket that was just 16 MPH over the speed limit. Can the police do that?”
Yes. North Carolina implemented a new law which went into effect January 1, 2012 which obligated the citing police officer to arrest 16 or 17 year old who carries a learner’s permit or a provisional license if that person is charged with a criminal moving violation. The officer has no discretion. To make matters worse there is an automatic license suspension for thirty days regardless of whether the teen is ever convicted.
“The officer who gave me the Union red light ticket misspelled my name and got my birthday wrong. Can you get the ticket dismissed?”
Based on these simple mistakes the answer is no. For traffic tickets the ticket only needs to provide the bare bone facts. Further, the courts have held simple mistakes are not enough to dismiss a ticket. There can be instances where the ticket is invalid on its face. As such, this is always a fair question to ask our traffic attorneys when discussing your ticket. Further we will ask you to send us a copy of the ticket for us to review prior to your court date.
“My son just got his license and promptly got a speeding ticket. Do I even want to know what this is going to do to my insurance?”
This is a daily question and it happens to all of us. Our traffic attorneys are specially attuned to insurance issues and how traffic tickets affect your rates. Many people are surprised to learn that even high speeds can be handled wherein there is little to no affect to their insurance. Each case is different and we would need to know the speed of the ticket, and the driving record of the entire household. For more information on this subject please see our article on NC Speeding Tickets and Insurance.
“I made a mistake and was racing friend and got arrested. Now they are talking about taking my car – can I lose my car?”
This depends on which violation you were cited with. Assuming this was a prearranged race you do run the risk of losing your car. This is a fairly common citation and therefore we dedicated an entire article to you. As such, for more information please see our article on North Carolina Racing Violations.
These were just a sampling of questions our lawyers are asked on a daily basis. We will take the time to talk with you about your ticket, your driving record and paint a clear picture of what you are facing and what we can do to help. We will walk you through the process and work to find the best outcome for your Cabarrus traffic ticket. Please contact us to discuss your ticket.