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Old 06-25-2012, 12:27 PM
 
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I needed some information about speeding tickets. My hubby got a ticket near Lake Norman last week for speeding. I had called a lawyer who was charging 150$ as his fees. In the mean time, we got posts from some local lawyers from Moorseville who were charging around 50-60$.

How come they are charging so much lesser. Does it make a difference which lawyer I pick. We don't want to get license points or an increase in the insurance.

Any help will be appreciated since we are new to this country and do not have much information about speeding tickets.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:02 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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I needed some information about speeding tickets. My hubby got a ticket near Lake Norman last week for speeding. I had called a lawyer who was charging 150$ as his fees. In the mean time, we got posts from some local lawyers from Moorseville who were charging around 50-60$.

How come they are charging so much lesser. Does it make a difference which lawyer I pick. We don't want to get license points or an increase in the insurance.

Any help will be appreciated since we are new to this country and do not have much information about speeding tickets.
My partner had an attorney in Iredell county that only charged $ 50 dollars and had ir reduce something I never heard of for speeding ticket reduction of improper muffler. He had to pay only court costs which are steep in this state but he didn't get no points on his license-insurance.

I was skeptical at first on low cost attorney but it worked out. Why the variance in feees I dont know.
If higher cost attorney can have it dismissed without paying court fees + ticket costs then go that route.

If this is your DH first ticket then he doesn't need a lawyer just plea with the DA before court.
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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My partner had an attorney in Iredell county that only charged $ 50 dollars and had ir reduce something I never heard of for speeding ticket reduction of improper muffler. He had to pay only court costs which are steep in this state but he didn't get no points on his license-insurance.

I was skeptical at first on low cost attorney but it worked out. Why the variance in feees I dont know.
If higher cost attorney can have it dismissed without paying court fees + ticket costs then go that route.

If this is your DH first ticket then he doesn't need a lawyer just plea with the DA before court.
Your husband does not need a lawyer as has been pointed out -- if this is his first citation. He tells the DA, he will plead guilty and the judge will ask if your husband has anything to say. Your husband should tell the judge he was not paying attention and this is his first traffic ticket (if that is the case). Your husband should ask the judge for Prayer for Judgement or PJC, which the judge will grant upon payment of court costs. IF your husband get another speeding ticket, the ticket under discussion will be opened and your insurance company will hit you for two speeding violations. Taking control of this issue by your husband is a no-brainer and will not cost you any attorney fee. Your husband may hit to sit through the morning or afternoon court session before he can appear in front of the judge, but it beats paying an attorney or having a ticket on his record. PJC is there, but it will not affect auto insurance.

I've been through this exercise twice and did not pay one penny to an attorney - although I did have to take an 8 hour Safety Council course in Virginia to keep the speeding ticket off my record...and option I requested in front of the judge.
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:00 PM
 
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Thanks for letting me know about the PJC. The main issue that we have is that he is a travel consultant and will not be in town on the court date or to attend any subsequent courses.Hence the need for a lawyer.

He has gotten a ticket before in the Mecklenburg county and we used a lawyer for it since he was not in town during the court date. The case was dismissed after paying the court fees. Will this be on record and will they open this up during this new ticket ?

Will the insurance company get records of these tickets even after the court dismisses it ?
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:45 AM
 
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My 2 cents...

Its a repeat issue. Just plead guilty, pay it and move on. Insurance costs will increase though but should be manageable.
Thats what I have done - sometimes its a hassle to work around your travel schedule with the court dates.
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Old 07-01-2012, 12:23 PM
 
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How fast was the ticket for? 10 over 55 or speeding through a school zone can be quite different than at lower speeds.

The old case was dismissed, and cannot be used against you ever.
I just went through this. 1st ticket in years. Got caught at the wrong time doing something I never do. Ticket was 78 in a 55. Had to go to court, got an attorney $ 100, fine and cost of court $195, ticket reduce to 9mph over. No points towards insurance.
Actually, I personally didn't appear, attorney handled it all.

If it is not this excessive, Im almost sure someone (ex LEO) said I could go online ( I think the court or DAs site) and handle it online. Anyone else heard of this?
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:03 PM
 
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you can go online and pay it, but that doesn't get it reduced to a PJC. You certainly shouldn't just pay it, get it reduced to under 9 or a PJC, either by hiring an attorney to do it for you or by showing up and negotiating it themselves. Anyone that says to just pay it and get it over with just does not understand the system or does not care about their money.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:01 PM
 
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Thanks for all the help. We decided to get a lawyer to plead his case. It was a 52 in a 35 zone. So definitely will not be pleading guilty and taking the insurance hike.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:49 AM
 
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That is right thing to; keep us updated on the outcome and what the lawyer went with to help those who have similar situations.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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Sure SunnyKayak.. Will do
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