Option #1 Simply Pay the Ticket Yourself
This is the decision the State of North Carolina hopes you will make. It is certainly quick and you don’t have to go to court. But this is clearly NOT your best option. By paying the fine, you are pleading guilty to the charge, and your driving record will be assessed the full points of the infraction. No reduction. No real benefit to you other than case is over. We have a better choice in mind.
Option #2 Represent Yourself
First, you can go to court on your own and represent yourself. We do NOT recommend this option, but we will explain what is required, what is involved, and how you can help yourself. Almost every traffic ticket is resolved in Courtroom 1130 of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. The courthouse is located in downtown Charlotte. Your court time will either be in the morning at 9:00 am or in the afternoon at 1:30 pm. Either way, we all know the joys of dealing with Charlotte traffic, especially in the morning rush. Parking is nearby but still inconvenient. The crowds you can expect will be substantial and lines waiting to get into the courthouse will be long.
You have to wait in line, go through security screening like at the airport, and then wait in another line for entry into the courtroom itself. Then, there is more waiting as you have to be called up by one of the Assistant District Attorneys to address your case. On a good day, you should expect to commit to approximately 3-4 hours of your time from when you get through traffic, park, walk to the courthouse, wait to be heard, and then get back to work or home. Keep reading. We have a better plan and keep it simple.
*** Option #3 Let Our Firm Handle Everything for You
If you don’t want to face the traffic, the long lines, the wait, and possibly appearing on your own in front of a judge, we are here to help you. We can take care of your traffic ticket from start to finish with minimal, if any, inconvenience to you, and we keep the whole process simple.
Here’s what we need FROM you:
- Call our office and email us your traffic ticket and current driving record
- Download our Firm Retainer and Waiver of Appearance forms, sign and email back
- Pay the attorney fee and court costs/fine online or by credit card over the phone
That’s it. This is all we need. We then take your case from here and get it resolved.
Here’s what we do FOR you:
We go to court. We negotiate your charges with the State. And then, we email you with confirmation that your case has been handled and resolved. We do it all to make this as easy as possible for you.
How to Hire Us as Your Traffic Ticket Lawyer
There are two methods to retain our firm to represent you: the first is to give our firm a call. You can reach us at (704) 960-9097. The other way is to correspond with us by email. If you choose to communicate with us by email, of course you can give us a call if you have any questions or problems. Either way you choose to hire us, our goal is to provide a quick and easy process to help you get your traffic ticket resolved.
The process to hire us via email is:
Send an email to email@example.com containing your full name, date of birth, address, phone number, and type of ticket(s). We will send a confirmation email if we have all of the information we need, or we will send an email requesting more information or clarification if necessary.
We will send you an email letting you know our strategy for dealing with your case and the amount we will charge to handle your case. We will also attach a retainer agreement and waiver of appearance for you to sign. The retainer agreement is the contract that allows us to work for you, and the waiver allows us to appear on your behalf in court without your presence. Send in the signed retainer, signed waiver, and payment, and we will represent you on your court date. If you fail to send in a signed waiver, signed retainer agreement, or payment, we will not be able to represent you. We accept payment by cash and check, and will accept credit card payment over the telephone.
We will sign the retainer agreement, and email you a copy. On your court date, we will go to court for you, and will resolve your traffic ticket. You will receive an email from us letting you know what happened in court, and telling you what action is required of you, whether it is to attend a class, pay a fine, or something else.
Of course, if you choose to hire us by this method, we are available by phone at (704) 960-9097 if you have any questions or problems. However you choose to contact us, we hope to make resolving your traffic ticket as painless as possible.
Some Common Traffic Ticket Resolutions
If you have a relatively good recent driving history, we can request the ADA if they would be willing to reduce your infraction to an “improper equipment” (IE). The attorneys who represent the State of North Carolina are extremely professional. If they can give you a reduction, they usually will. The advantages of an “improper equipment” is that it does not result in any “points” being added to your driving record. Consequently, your insurance rates will not typically be affected. Be sure to check with your insurance agent as different companies may have different rules and procedures.
Prayer for Judgment Continued
If you do not have a good driving record in the past three (3) years, you probably will not be eligible an improper equipment but may be permitted to seek a “prayer for judgment continued” (PJC). For this option, we will appear in front of a District Court Judge on your behalf. If granted, your pending charge is effectively put on hold. If you have no other traffic issues for a period of time, the original charge will be dismissed. However, if you do have subsequent traffic tickets, you will be found guilty in full with no reduction. This scenario will, of course, most likely result in your insurance rates going up, perhaps even significantly.
We are a full service firm located here in Charlotte in the Cameron Brown building at 301 South McDowell Street, Suite 814 directly across from the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. Our lawyers focus on traffic tickets and Driving While Impaired (DWI) defense. We limit our practice area to Charlotte / Mecklenburg County and do our very best for our clients. We pride ourselves on being available to answer your questions and concerns. All of our attorneys are available by cell phone and direct email so that you can get the answers you need. We offer our services to those individuals who find us on the internet or are referred by former clients. We do not intrude into your life by sending unsolicited mail or flyers. We offer our credentials and convenience for your consideration.
We Take Away the Anxiety and Inconvenience of a Traffic Ticket
In our fast paced world, we always seem to be in a hurry to get somewhere. Someone always needs us for something, and we have to get to work, get to school, pick up the kids, etc. Our cellphones were supposed to make life easier but have become both a blessing and a curse. It is so easy now to be distracted while rushing to get to our next appointment or destination. In the next instant, we see “blue lights” in the mirror and are being pulled over. That’s just great. A traffic ticket? Who has time to go to court? Maybe I should just pay it and move on? No. Don’t do that. This is where our law firm can help you. We stand in line for you, negotiate a reduced charge if possible, and even pay your fine and court costs. You go on about your business while we take care of this matter for you. So how does this process work and what are your options?
Speeding, failure to stop, running a red light, no operators license, no registration, no insurance are just some of the more common traffic tickets we handle. If you choose to handle it on your own, you will have to deal with the hassle of going to court. You will have to take time off of work and spend your whole morning in court waiting for your case to be called. As outlined above, you should plan to spend several hours at a minimum depending on what day of the week and how many tickets are set on the docket for that day.
Simply paying the ticket just to escape having to go to court is certainly appealing but not a good solution either. If you take this route, you will not have an opportunity to negotiate a possible reduction with the Assistant District Attorney to try to get a better result. While this may not seem like a big deal, it can have a big effect on your insurance rates for several years. Subsequent tickets can further increase your points and raise your insurance rates. And, if you get enough points, the State of North Carolina may suspend or revoke your license and your insurance company may cancel your policy.
If you accumulate 12 points on your license over a period of 3 years, your license will be suspended. Further, if your license has been reinstated after such a suspension, and you accumulate 8 points within 3 years of the reinstatement, your license will be suspended again. If you choose to ignore your license suspension, and drive anyway, you will likely be caught for driving with license revoked (DWLR). Of course, any suspension of your license will result in major changes for your lifestyle. We are a mobile society, and each of us needs our car to get to work, to school, to the grocery store, etc. You need a lawyer who understands traffic ticket laws and how to help you avoid or diminish harsh penalties and complications on your driving record.
If you have a issued a traffic ticket or charged with a traffic infraction, give us a call to discuss your case. We would be honored to represent your interests and see what can be done. At a minimum, we can take away the hassle and inconvenience of having to deal with this matter yourself. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation.