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Accidents / Failure to Reduce Speed

The Criminal Defense Team of Hatch, Little & Bunn handles all Wake County traffic and criminal charges.

It is not uncommon for law enforcement officers to charge “at-fault” parties with Failure to Reduce Speed (N.C.G.S. 20-141). Even if you were driving relatively safely, you could still receive a ticket for this offense. The charge implies that the defendant failed to bring their vehicle to a stop quickly enough to avoid an accident. By the time most people appear in court on these tickets, the accident has already hit their insurance. Whether or not you are at fault, pleading to this charge may be penalizing yourself twice. Also, in many cases, these charges are a waste of a “PJC” or prayer for judgment continued. If you are charged with failure to reduce speed, you should consult the experienced attorneys of Hatch, Little & Bunn’s Criminal Defense Team.

Officers will rarely use this charge when an accident is not involved. Without proper management, a Failure to Reduce Speed conviction can cause an increase in your insurance premium and add points your DMV record. Our team can help you avoid court appearances, minimize damages, and often secure dismissal of these charges.

After you have been in accident, you have many other pressing matters to worry about; like insurance, getting your car fixed and transportation to work or for family. A ticket like this can be one more layer of stress. Let us take that ticket of your to-do list. Whether the charge arose in Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Wake Forest, Wendell, or anywhere else in Wake County, call us today for a free consultation.

Our firm also assists clients who have been injured in accidents.

Our criminal defense team can give you guidance on the next step in any accident, whether you for the injured party or the at fault party. Call 919-714-4306 or contact us online today for a free consultation and guidance from Hatch, Little & Bunn, LLP.


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