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Speeding Tickets

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

Speeding tickets can range from simple infractions to criminal misdemeanors.  They can result in increases in your insurance premiums for years, burdensome court costs and fines, and even time in jail. Without an attorney, you may have to come to court and miss work several times just to have your case heard in front of a judge.

Don’t be tempted to just pay off that ticket. First, paying it off is pleading responsible. Accordingly, pleading responsible can accrue license points AND insurance points. This can mean serious increases in your insurance premium for years to come or revocation of your license.  There are many complex rules regarding speeding tickets that you may not be aware of, but that can easily suspend your license and leave you without a means of transportation.

For example, if you commonly drive on the highway, it’s not uncommon to have an otherwise simple speeding ticket of 69 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone.  However, under N.C.G.S. 20-141 if you get two of these tickets within a 12 month time period your license may be suspended for up to six months.  Even one ticket of speeding 81 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone can be enough to suspend your license for up to one year.  Further, getting too many points on your license within a certain time frame can also revoke your license.  Because of these and other sometimes commonly unknown rules, you need to make sure that you protect your ability to drive by contacting an experienced legal team.

Many people believe that simply pleading responsible and using a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) is their best option when dealing with this type of case.  However, a PJC should only be used in certain circumstances.  It’s important to first note that you only get one PJC every three years per household for insurance purposes, and you get two every five years for purposes of the DMV.  If you do not have any accidents or speeding tickets within the last three years, a PJC may not be necessary to protect you from potential insurance increases.  Further, in certain cases we may be able to negotiate your case down to an Improper Equipment plea, which is a nonmoving violation.  This way, you do not have any insurance increases and no points are placed on your license.  Finally, a PJC may not work in your case unless used in the right way.  If you are charged with a very fast speeding case along with a charge of Careless and Reckless Driving, the PJC may not be recognized by the DMV if you use it on the speeding charge.

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Hire the defense attorneys of Hatch, Little & Bunn to advise you on your options and help chart the best course of action to protecting you and your wallet. Make sure that you know your license if protected and that you do not unnecessarily use your PJC. We can appear on your behalf and protect your record. Call 919-714-4306 or contact us online today.


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