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Friday, July 31, 2009

The North Carolina mom's traffic ticket story- two years later

My busy friend was not aware that an attorney could of gone to court for her, appeared for her, and negotiated the ticket with the prosecutor or judge. Many times the District Attorney's Office will lower the mph violation or cite you for a non moving violation that won't affect your insurance premium. On some cases they will allow you to go to a defensive driving school. There were many options available to her that she simply didn't know about. Moreover, she could of taken care of this without ever have gone to court.

Almost two years later now, she is cited in York County for speeding 9 miles over the speed limit. How many times do you drive 44 mph in a 35 mph. York County recently enacted a Traffic Education Program. Depending on a number of factors, including the severity of your ticket and your driving history, you can go to a 4 hour course and get your ticket dismissed. You must, however, qualify for this program. If you don't automatically qualify, an attorney could possibly assist getting you into the program. Moreover, an attorney can advise and negotiate on your behalf.

The bottom line is that we drive every day and take for granted how difficult our daily lives would be without a drivers license. I have represented many clients accused of driving while license revoked; you do not want to be cited for this. Not only would you have a criminal misdemeanor pending, you now have the DMV controlling your ability to drive. This creates a hornet's nest that the average law abiding citizen cannot imagine, putting aside the issue with maintaining car insurance.

So should you hire an attorney- Yes. In most cases the attorney will appear for you. You never have to see a courthouse. You have to ask yourself how much your time is worth and how competent you are in criminal law.

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