Charlotte Speeding Tickets Lawyer
"I received a traffic ticket coming through North Carolina. I live in another state. Is the North Carolina ticket going to affect my insurance?"
This is a common question, one that the traffic lawyers of Rosensteel Fleishman, PLLC hear almost everyday. The answer to the question can be found by examining the Nonresident Violator Compact and your local Department of Motor Vehicles.
North Carolina Speeding Traffic Tickets
This act, which has been adopted by almost all the 50 states, allows the home state to suspend the driver’s license of an individual who fails to comply with a member state citation. A list of member states can be found at: Nonresident Violator Compact. Further, speeding violations over 20mph can result in the suspension of your NC driver’s license. Out of state residence face the risk that their local driver’s license could be suspended as well upon transfer to their local DMV.
While your Department of Motor Vehicles probably will become aware of the citation in North Carolina, the question of how the citation will affect your insurance depends on your local DMV.
The traffic lawyers of Rosensteel Fleishman, PLLC are well versed in North Carolina traffic law. We understand that it is not just a NC speeding ticket it’s also your insurance premium. In some case we can even get our client’s traffic violations reduced down to non-moving violations which result in zero insurance points. For many cases we can also receive a waiver, so the client doesn’t have to miss any time from work to get the speeding ticket taken care of.
NC Racing Tickets in North Carolina
There are two offenses in North Carolina Traffic Law that relate to racing on a public street or highway (statutorily dubbed a speed competition). The penalties involved in racing are serious and being caught can become very expensive for the driver. With car seizure and years of license suspensions in the balance, a person cited for racing should immediately seek legal counsel.
The first of the two NC offenses is prearranged racing. As the name suggests, prearranged racing involves some level of planning or forethought. The NC statute does not specify the level of planning that makes a race “prearranged,” but street racing that goes on at a set location certainly qualifies. Under NC traffic law prearranged racing is a Class 1 Misdemeanor and can involve jail time.
While jail time is rare for a first time offense, the racer is subjected to some stiff penalties. The first of which is immediate and serious. Any time an officer makes an arrest for prearranged racing, the officer seizes the car that was used.
If the racer is convicted of prearranged racing the car is sold at auction and the proceeds go to the local NC county school board. Additionally, if convicted, the racer has his North Carolina driving privilege revoked for three years by the North Carolina DMV. To make matters worse, the driver receives twelve insurance points, which translates into a four hundred percent surcharge on their insurance. This is the same surcharge that applies to DWI in North Carolina or manslaughter resulting from driving.
Interestingly, allowing your car to be used in such a competition or even just betting on such a competition is illegal and you can be convicted of the same offense as a racer for such conduct. If a person lends his or her car for a race it will be seized even though the owner was not driving it.
The second of the two offenses is willful racing. Willful racing occurs when two drivers race spontaneously, and is typically what a driver is charged with when he or she races out of a stop light or on an interstate.
Under NC traffic law willful racing is a Class 2 Misdemeanor and carries a less severe penalty of up to one year of license suspension. A person’s car is not seized upon a conviction for willful racing. The insurance increase is less severe as well when compared to prearranged racing. However, at ten insurance points this violation will give you a three hundred percent surcharge on your insurance which can be very expensive.
Speak to a Charlotte, NC Lawyer about your Speeding Ticket Case Today
If you have received a speeding ticket or other traffic violation in Charlotte, it is important to take the necessary steps to protect your driving record and insurance premiums. A traffic ticket can result in points on your license, increased insurance premiums, and even the suspension of your driver's license.
Hiring a Charlotte speeding ticket lawyer can help you minimize the impact of a traffic violation on your life. Our experienced attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to help you fight your traffic ticket, reduce your fines, and minimize the impact on your driving record and insurance premiums.
The Benefits of Hiring a Charlotte Traffic Ticket Lawyer
When you hire a Charlotte speeding ticket lawyer, you can benefit from the following:
- Experience and Knowledge of NC Traffic Law: Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of North Carolina traffic law and can help you build a strong defense for your case.
- Reduced Fines: Our attorneys can negotiate with the court to reduce your fines and help you avoid points on your license.
- Protect Your License: We can help you protect your driver's license and avoid suspension.
- Minimize Impact on Insurance Premiums: A traffic ticket can result in increased insurance premiums, but our attorneys can help you minimize the impact on your insurance premiums.
- Expert Representation in Court: Our attorneys can represent you in court and fight for your rights.
Call today at: (704) 714-1450 to make an appointment to speak with an attorney, or stop by the office during regular business hours. We provide our clients with upfront pricing as well as the ability to pay over the phone. We will work with you to schedule an appointment that meets your needs. If you have any questions please contact a Charlotte traffic attorney of Rosensteel Fleishman, PLLC.