The benefits of obtaining a lawyer for a traffic violation substantially outweigh the risks of not having one. Even a simple speeding ticket can carry serious consequences, not to mention, dealing with a traffic or speeding ticket can be an inconvenient and expensive hassle. It could cause you to miss school, work, or other obligations when an experienced attorney can handle the ticket without you having to even appear in court.
Parton Buckingham, PLLC saves their clients money by working with the District Attorney to have the charges against them reduced or dismissed. A knowledgeable and experienced attorney will know the North Carolina traffic and insurance laws and best be able to assist you with your ticket. The lawyers at Parton Buckingham, PLLC will negotiate with the State of North Carolina in an honest effort to obtain the best possible resolution for your speeding or traffic ticket. It is in your best interest to obtain a proficient criminal lawyer to help you through the legal process.
In North Carolina, simply just paying the fine is equivalent to pleading guilty. Or, if you are found guilty of a traffic infraction or misdemeanor, you will likely receive driver’s license points, insurance points, and/or insurance rate increases. Driver’s license points could lead to the suspension of your license and insurance points could lead to an increase in your insurance payments.
Common driver’s license point penalties are:
Conviction Point Values
Aggressive driving 5
Passing a stopped school bus with children 5
Reckless driving 4
Illegal Passing 4
Running through a stop sign 3
Speeding more than 55 mph 3
Expired or no drivers license 3
Speeding through safety zone 3
Littering involving a motor vehicle 1
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
If you have a CDL and receive a traffic violation then the points assigned to that conviction will likely increase.
Insurance Points: In North Carolina, insurance companies follow the Safe Driver Incentive Plan (SDIP).
Drivers who are convicted of moving traffic violations and/or who cause accidents will be charged higher premiums in accordance with their driving records. SDIP points are charged as follows for convictions and at-fault accidents during a three-year period:
Points Percentage Increase
Insurance Points Offenses: Here are some of the offenses North Carolina has listed as causes for an insured to receive insurance points.
-- Chad Buckingham, Senior Partner
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The law applies differently in each situation. Nothing on this page should be construed as or be relied upon as legal advice.