Traffic Citations

Speeding

There are numerous reasons traffic citations occur.  Perhaps you were in a rush; maybe you suffered a momentary lapse in judgment; you may have simply been speeding; despite your best intentions, you may have missed a speed limit sign or stop sign. Regardless, a traffic citation carries significant ramifications for your North Carolina license and insurance.  Therefore, you must address your ticket correctly.  

Traffic violations are among the most common reasons citizens are stopped by the Police. The following are some of the more common traffic citations:

  • Speeding - N.C.G.S. 20-141
  • Speeding in Work Zone - N.C.G.S. 20-141
  • Speeding in a School Zone - N.C.G.S. 20-141.1
  • Improper Turn - N.C.G.S. 20-153
  • Running a Red Light - N.C.G.S. 20-158
  • Running a Stop Sign - N.C.G.S. 20-158
  • Improper Passing - N.C.G.S. 20-150, N.C.G.S. 20-150.1
  • Failure To Reduce Speed - N.C.G.S. 20-141
  • Hit and Run - N.C.G.S. 20-166
  • Following too closely - N.C.G.S. 20-152
  • Passing a Stopped School bus - N.C.G.S. 20-217
  • Reckless Driving - N.C.G.S. 20-140
  • No Operator's License (NOL) - N.C.G.S. 20-7
  • License Not In Possession - N.C.G.S. 20-7
  • Failure To Comply With License Restrictions - N.C.G.S. 20-7
  • Unsafe Movement - N.C.G.S. 20-154
  • Unsafe Lane Change -N.C.G.S. 20-146
  • Aggressive Driving - N.C.G.S. 20-141.6
  • Exceeding Safe Speed - N.C.G.S. 20-141
  • No Insurance - N.C.G.S. 20-313
  • Driving While License Revoked (DWLR) - N.C.G.S. 20-28
  • Designated (HOV) Lane Violation - N.C.G.S. 20-146
  • Expired Registration -N.C.G.S. 20-111
  • Expired Inspection - N.C.G.S. 20-183.8
  • Fictitious Title - N.C.G.S. 20-111
  • Window Tint Violations - N.C.G.S. 20-127
  • Failure To Wear Seatbelt - N.C.G.S. 20-135.2A
  • Failure To Secure Passenger Under Age 16 - N.C.G.S. 20-137.1
  • Open Container After Consuming - N.C.G.S. 20-138.7
  • Failure To Notify DMV Of Address Change - N.C.G.S. 20-7.1
  • Texting While Driving - N.C.G.S. 20-137.4A
  • Learner's Permit Violations - N.C.G.S. 20-11
  • Failure To Obey Traffic Officer - N.C.G.S. 20-114.1
  • Unlawful Passing Of Emergency Vehicle - N.C.G.S. 20-157
  • Failure To Heed Light / Siren - N.C.G.S. 20-157

Charlotte drivers who receive a ticket often follow one of two unfortunate paths after receiving a traffic citation:  

Many drivers unfortunately just pay the fine for their traffic ticket.  When you pay a ticket, you plead guilty to the charge as written. You forfeit the ability to properly address the traffic citation, and the opportunity to have the citation amended or perhaps even dismissed. You will face costly points on both your driver's license and automobile insurance.  Your North Carolina license and your insurance both operate on a three year cycle.  Simply stated, paying a traffic citation is the worst possible approach; it is simply a waste of your money.  

Other drivers unfortunately follow the incorrect advice provided by the Police or friends. Think about that logically; should you follow legal advice from the Police officer who just gave you the citation? The Police Officer is not an attorney; he/she does not understand the proper way to handle a traffic citation. The Police Officer's job is to give you the citation; not advise you how to handle the citation. You should understand that attending a ‘driving school' at the advice of the Police officer automatically utilizes your Prayer For Judgment Continued (PJC), which is often the wrong legal approach in such a case. This approach can have significant consequences on your auto insurance, and it may not accomplish the goal you are seeking unless done properly.  Other individuals discuss their ticket with family / friends and rely upon inaccurate / second-hand information regarding how to address their ticket.  These individuals may even attempt to gather information from the internet, which is unfortunately full of confusing / incorrect information.  Mr. Shumate routinely represents clients who previously tried to address traffic citations alone, and unfortunately suffered serious license and insurance issues.  

There are a variety of legal strategies that a Mr. Shumate can utilize to your advantage when you receive a traffic or speeding ticket. To properly handle your case, Chris Shumate will analyze the facts of your case, your traffic record, and approach your case with an individualized legal plan.  We are well aware our clients desire to minimize the overall costs of the traffic citation.  Mr. Shumate works diligently to remedy the citation, so the client's license and insurance are protected, while also saving the client money.  

People who commit traffic violations in North Carolina are usually charged with either an infraction or a misdemeanor criminal offense. Because they are considered to be minor crimes, moving violations do not usually carry the possibility of jail time, but they can result in the revocation of your driver's license and enhanced penalties for later offenses should they occur. Traffic citations cause an increase in your insurance rates in addition to the monetary penalties that come with a moving violation conviction. Hiring a Charlotte traffic citation attorney allows you to protect your rights and gives you the option to defend yourself. An accomplished lawyer may be able to have your charges lessened or get your traffic ticket dismissed.

Chris Shumate is an outstanding attorney who focuses on cases involving moving violations. As a Charlotte attorney, Mr. Shumate is familiar with law enforcement in the area and his experience in the courtroom will serve you well. Our office provides professional, client-focused representation for all traffic citations including: speeding, hit and run, DWI, driving while license revoked (DWLR), failure to stop at a stop sign or red light, reckless driving, and many others. If you were cited for a moving violation of any kind, contact The Shumate Law Offices today and obtain a free consultation.

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