Originally Posted by sbbi98
I got a speeding ticket in Catawba county (route 321). The citation says I drove 80mph and the speed limit was 65.
To avoid car insurance premium increase, I understand I have 2 options:
1. Attend a driving school and obtain a safety driving certificate. And drive to Catawba county District Attorney office myself to pay for the ticket and to deliver the certificate along with the citation, so they will reduce it to "Improper Equipment". (Confirmed with the District Attorney office)
2. Hire an attorney. (Several local attorneys have mailed advertisements to me.) The attorney fee is just about $100, and I can save my time on driving/attending class, and the class fee.
However, I wonder what is the chance that attorney can lose my case (driving 80mhp on 65mhp road)? Does it also depend on the individual attorney?
It is the 1st time I got a speeding ticket, so any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
I've had many tickets doing 15+ MPH over the speed limit over the past 30 years through NC and SC and have learned a lot... There are actually more than just 2 options:
1) Attend a class and received a Prayer for Judgement Continued (PJC). Be careful with this. You can typically only have 1 every 3 years. It's basically a suspended sentence where they don't give you insurance points. However, if you receive another infraction during that 3 year period the state can typically not only sentence you for you current infraction but also get you for the one for which you received the PJC.
2) You can hire an attorney who could preferably get it reduced to 5 or 9 MPH over. I think those are 0 or 1 pt infractions and in NC you're allowed to have 1 pt I believe without it affecting your insurance. Worse case the attorney can get you a PJC as described above.
3) You can do it yourself. Show up on the day of court. When they call roll, tell the DA you want to plead guilty to a reduced speed (decide ahead of time if you're going for 5 or 9 MPH over). They almost ALWAYS will allow you to do so and instruct you just to pay the fine and court costs. If you're doing over 15 MPH over I think you have to go before the judge typically at which time YOU can request a PJC. I've done both of these on several occasions. It's pretty simple. DA will walk you through it before court. They don't WANT you to have to go before the judge as it ties up their time they could be spending on more serious cases.
It's actually rewarding to do it yourself. It's an eyeopener to see the criminal justice system in action. It totally explains the revolving door policies at the local jails where even serious offenders keep getting in trouble and getting off repeatedly.