We are a mobile society. Charlotte is one of the largest cities in the Southeast. Various local Police departments cite Charlotte commuters daily for numerous traffic violations. Many of these individuals had no intention of breaking the law; it was an honest mistake. However, the results to a driver's license and insurance can be significant. These citations also result in constantly increasing court costs and fines.
As noted, there are several local agencies ticketing local commuters on a daily basis. These include the N.C. Highway Patrol, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police (CMPD), Huntersville Police, Matthews Police, etc. While some citations seem more warranted, you may have legitimate concerns regarding the ticket you received. Regardless of the scenario, you are wise to understand the costly impact of failing to address traffic citations correctly. Simply stated, it is simply cheaper to have Mr. Shumate address these matters correctly in the long run.
A speeding ticket is a moving violation under North Carolina law, which means that the ticket carries a varying number of points depending on the posted speed limit and the seriousness of the charge. The N.C. point system specifies the number of points assigned to various traffic offenses. If a N.C. driver accrues enough points, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will suspend his license. The N.C. DMV will temporarily or permanently suspend a driver for various offenses and / or accumulation of such points.
People often wrongly assume that once you have received a speeding ticket, you must pay the court costs / fine, and take whatever points the citation carries. You must understand that paying off the ticket is an entry of a guilty plea, which will result in points on both your driver's license and your automobile insurance. You will then suffer these consequences for three (3) years. You should also understand that Police often improperly advise motorist how to handle a traffic citation. The Police Officer is not an attorney; he 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 finally understand that attending a ‘driving school' at the advice of the officer automatically utilizes your Prayer For Judgment Continued (PJC), which is often the wrong legal approach in such a case.
Mr. Shumate routinely represents individuals who either (a) attempted to represent themselves or (b) followed an officer's incorrect advise. These clients often hoped to save a little money by not hiring an attorney. Unfortunately, they failed to realize that addressing the case through our office is actually cheaper, and they address the license and insurance issues correctly. We encourage you to address your ticket correctly the first time.
A professional traffic attorney can make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your speeding charge by determining the proper legal approach through examination of your driving history, the facts of your case, the officer's report, discussions with the District Attorney, etc. A skilled attorney may negotiate for a reduction of your offense from a moving violation to a non-moving violation, which prevents you from getting any points on your license. In the alternative, your lawyer may be able to arrange for a reduced number of points on your license and insurance. Chris will address the specifics of your case to achieve the best possible result to save you money.
Chris Shumate is an experienced Charlotte traffic attorney, and he enjoys helping clients avoid the pitfalls of traffic tickets. Mr. Shumate has helped many clients navigate traffic court, and his services can benefit you as well. If you received a traffic ticket, consider what is in your best interests. Contact our office for a free consultation to learn your best course of action.
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