Speeding Tickets in Charlotte

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Speeding tickets are the most common traffic citation written by police officers in Charlotte.  Officers in Mecklenburg County write hundreds of tickets per day.  The type of punishment you may be facing varies depending on the charge. Different levels of speeding have different fines and different license and insurance point levels associated with each. It is best to consult with a Charlotte traffic lawyer to review what you are facing even if you later decide to try to handle your case on your own.

There are typically many options usually available to individuals facing a speeding ticket. If you have a good driving record, you may be able to ask for an improper equipment (IE). While you do have to pay a fine and court costs, this reduced charge results in no additional points on your driving record or on your insurance. Consequently, your insurance rates should not be affected. Of course, different insurance companies have different rules and procedures. It is best to check with your carrier or agent to make sure. Another potential option is to request a prayer for judgment continued (PJC). This option, in essence, postpones any conviction into the future. If you don’t have any additional infractions for a period of time, your pending charge is dismissed altogether. However, if you do get another speeding ticket or other citation, you will be found guilty of the initial charge and possibly the newer pending matter as well.

People hire traffic lawyers for both convenience and the hope that points on their license or driving record can be avoided or, at least, minimized. Points on your record matter for a number of reasons. For example, if you get 7 points on your license, you may be required to undergo a driver education class.  Successful completion of the class will result in eliminating 3 points from your license.  If you get 12 drivers license points on your license within 3 years, your license will be suspended.  After your license is reinstated, if you accumulate 8 more points within 3 years, then you will lose your license again.  If you decide to drive while your license has been suspended and are caught, you can be charged with driving while license revoked (DWLR).

Your license can be taken immediately if you are caught speeding in excess of 75 miles per hour in an area that is posted for less than 70 mph.  Likewise, if you speed in excess of 80 miles per hour when it is posted as 70 miles per hour, you can lose your license as well.  There are other speeding offenses for which you can lose your license.  There are various levels of speeding, such as 0-5 over, 6-10 over, 11-15 over, and 16-20 over.  An attorney can negotiate on your behalf to minimize the punishment that you will receive. In addition, there are certain types of speeding that receive higher levels of punishment.  Speeding in a school zone results in a $250 fine and will result in 3 points on your license.  Speeding in a highway work zone also results in an additional $250 fine on top of the underlying speeding charge.

So what does the law say about speeding?  One of the most important parts of the laws regarding speeding, states, ” No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway or in a public vehicular area at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.”  If you have been charged with going “too fast for conditions,” then this is the law that you are alleged to have broken.

A charge like speeding to elude arrest is much more serious, and can range from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class E felony, depending on the individual facts and circumstances of the case. As you can see, there are many types of speeding.  An attorney who understands the penalties of each can negotiate on your behalf to attempt to get a deal that reduces your charge and/or punishment.  In some cases, a PJC (prayer for judgment continued) is a more appropriate strategy depending on a person’s record and the facts and circumstances of his or her case.  In other cases, a charge may be dismissed if driving improvement classes are taken. Part of the hassle of a speeding ticket is sitting in court waiting for the prosecutor to call your case.  An attorney may be able to help you with this.  Some offenses do not require you to show up to court.  Instead, you authorize the attorney to make strategic decisions on your behalf, and you never have to come to court.  Other offenses still require you to show up for court; however, a Charlotte traffic attorney can help to make the process less intimidating and less confusing.

If you would like to go over your case, please call speeding ticket lawyer Anthony Wayne to find out what can be done to help you. You can reach him directly at 704-960-9097 or email Anthony@RJRlaw.com. He would be honored to see what options you may have and help get you through this matter. He will make it easy and answer your questions so that you can make the best decision for your case. Call him today.

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