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North Carolina Traffic Laws

Traffic Laws

North Carolina Traffic Laws

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Receiving a North Carolina Traffic Citation can be at the very least, frustrating. At the very worst, it can mean high fines, the increase of insurance costs over the next three years, and even the loss of your North Carolina Driver’s License. Something as simple as getting a Speeding Ticket in North Carolina can, depending on the speeds, result in the Driver’s license being suspended.

North Carolina Traffic Tickets can be very tricky in some instances. Having a knowledge of the laws, the sentences, the potential pleas, as well as how each individual county handles particular tickets is required of a quality Raleigh Traffic Attorney.

Most people do not have the time it takes to go to court and wait for their case to be handled, let alone the expertise to try and work with the Prosecutor to get the best options available for them. Most people search for Raleigh Traffic Lawyers who can best represent their interests. A good North Carolina Traffic Attorney can advise you as to what outcomes to expect. Raleigh Traffic Lawyer M. Moseley Matheson will advise you on what to expect. Additionally, in most cases, he can appear in court on your behalf.

Aren't They All the Same?

Aren't They All The Same?

There is a misconception that all of the common North Carolina traffic tickets are handled the same way in court and the expertise of a good Raleigh traffic attorney is not needed.

The truth is, there are many variables that go into how your particular traffic ticket will be handled. Below is a list of some of these considerations. This list is not comprehensive, but an overview of some of the ways a quality Raleigh traffic lawyer can help steer you through the North Carolina Traffic Court System.

  • What kind of violation was the ticket? (i.e. was it a moving violation or not?)
  • Was more then one violation cited in the ticket?
  • What county did the violation take place in? (i.e. what court will hear the case?)
  • Was anyone hurt as a result of the traffic violation?
  • What does your past driving record look like?
  • Have you are anyone in your household used a PJC?

These questions, along with others, will be asked when you contact Matheson & Associates PLLC at 919-335-5291 for your FREE CONSULTATION.

We will help you decide what is your best course of action and in most cases, you will not even have to appear in court.

How We Handle Your Tickets

How We Handle Your Tickets

North Carolina Traffic Lawyer M. Moseley Matheson is very familiar with the process of representing those who have received a Wake County traffic ticket.

When you call Attorney Matheson, he will spend time reviewing your case with you and answering all of your questions; free of charge .

Once you have hired him, Mr. Matheson will appear in court on your behalf where, in most cases, you will not be required to attend. Additionally, your court costs and fines may be included in Attorney Matheson’s fees.

After your court costs have been paid and your case disposed, Attorney Matheson will contact you (normally be email or letter) to inform you of the outcome of your case. In the rare cases where your attendance will be required, or the court costs are not predictable, Mr. Matheson will work with you, hand-in-hand, to guide you through the process with as little interruption to your life as possible.

Contact Matheson & Associates PLLC. today at 919-335-5291 for your FREE CONSULTATION .

Common Charges

Common Charges

North Carolina Traffic Tickets are the most common ‘crime’ handled in the North Carolina court systems. Every day, courthouses in North Carolina handle many, sometimes hundreds of traffic tickets (I should know, I was formally an Assistant District Attorney handling those tickets). These types of tickets are routinely handled by skilled Raleigh Traffic Attorneys.

In most cases, your attorney can have the charges dropped or reduced to minimize the effects the tickets will have on your license and your car insurance.

Below is a list of the most common charges seen in North Carolina Traffic Courts:

  • Speeding
  • Seatbelt violation
  • No Operator’s License
  • Driving While License Revoked
  • Red Light/Stop Sign Violations
  • Driving After Consuming (for Defendant’s under 21)
  • Driving While Intoxicated (see separate DWI pages on this website)
  • Inspection/Registration violations
  • Unsafe Movement (usually associated with a traffic accident)
  • Child Seat Violations

Contact Matheson & Associates PLLC today at 919-335-5291 to know your legal rights and receive a FREE CONSULTATION.

Points System

Points System

The State of North Carolina has established TWO separate points systems as it applies to traffic violations: Driver’s License Points and Insurance Points. These two points systems are used by the DMV and your Insurance Agency. Each individual point system has an assigned number of points for each North Carolina Traffic Violation. To make matters worse, each system uses a different number of points for the same violations; therefore what may be a bad violation for one point system, may not be so bad for another.

The Driver’s License Point system is used to determine at what point the DMV will suspend your license. If you amass 12 or more points in a three-year period, the DMV can suspend your license for up to 60 days. Additionally, there are certain driving violations that can result in a suspension, regardless of your record.

An example of this is speeding more than 75 miles-per-hour in a speed zone of less then 70 miles-per-hour (i.e. 76 in a 65). If caught during the period of suspension, the Driver will be charged with Driving While License Revoked, which carries with it a suspension of driving for a minimum of 1-year.

The insurance points system, developed under the North Carolina Safe Driver Incentive Plan (SDIP) is designed to assign a percentage by which your vehicle insurance carrier can raise your insurance rates for convictions of North Carolina Traffic Citations. The increase stays in place for three years. An example would be driving 56 miles-per-hour in a 45 miles-per-hour zone resulting in an increase of your insurance rate by 45% for the next three years.

Navigating these point systems can be difficult, allow Raleigh traffic Attorney, M. Moseley Matheson to assist you through this process.