Traffic Violations in Concord
Concord Traffic Ticket Attorney
Traffic violations are so common that nearly everyone who drives will at
some point or another have deal with a ticket. The majority of people
simply pay the ticket, but this can be an enormous mistake in light of
the consequences it can have for your driving record and your insurance premiums.
Even when the situation looks cut and dry and you don't see how to
fight the ticket, you should speak with a
Concord criminal defense lawyer who can advise you of strategies that could help you.
Paying the ticket is equivalent to admitting guilt, and if you do you will
lose points on your driver's license. You will be that much closer to having your license suspended in the
future and potentially facing a steep increase in your monthly rates.
North Carolina Point System
If you lose 12 points over a 3 year period, you will lose your driving
privileges for up to 60 days.
4 point infractions:
- Reckless driving
- Following too closely
- Illegal passing another vehicle
3 point infractions:
- Running a stop sign
- Speeding over 55 miles per hour are 3-point infractions
DWI/DUI will most likely result in an automatic suspension for up to a year. If
your license is being suspended because you lost points through a number
of moving violations or due to a single serious infraction, you must take
Severity of Traffic Tickets and Citations
It's critical to understand that a traffic ticket or citation is an
order for you to appear in court on a certain date and time. A traffic
ticket or citation is given to the driver so the police officer doesn't
have to take them into immediate custody. Your traffic ticket will include
the motor vehicle statute(s) that were supposedly violated.
Although many of these offenses are waivable, meaning that you can plead
guilty and pay your fine, thus waiving your court appearance,
more serious offenses are non-waivable, meaning you are required to appear in court. When your appearance in
court is mandatory, failure to appear can result in a judge making an
order for your arrest.
Penalties for Traffic Violations
The majority of traffic violations in North Carolina are categorized as
infractions, with penalties costing up to $500; however, more serious
offenses can include higher monetary fines and/or imprisonment. Certain
traffic violations such as driving with a suspended license or driving
without a valid license or without liability insurance can incur serious
penalties and it's important to seek legal representation in order
to mitigate any criminal and administrative penalties you are facing.
Moving and Non-Moving Violations
Violations are categorized by moving and non-moving violations. This means
they are classified whether the vehicle was in motion during the violation or not.
Moving violations include the following:
- Reckless driving
- Driving without a seat belt
- Running a red light or a stop sign
- Failure to use turn signal
- No liability insurance
- Illegal passing
Non-moving violations include the following:
- Parking in a handicapped zone
- Illegal parking
- Having a missing license plate
Fighting Traffic Violations with a Qualified Concord Lawyer
When you need help fighting a traffic ticket, come to
The Law Offices of Darrin M. Gamradt. An attorney from the firm will consult with you about every aspect of
the case, from the specific circumstances of your traffic stop to the
evidence against you and your individual priorities in the case. The burden
of proof is on the prosecutor and the police officer who issued the ticket,
and through aggressive cross examination it may be possible to have the
Contact a Concord traffic ticket lawyer
who can help you fight a traffic ticket and work to prevent losing your
driver's license and being forced to pay steep rates of insurance.