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Old 06-21-2011, 04:17 PM
 
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I received a ticket from a state trooper while traveling on I-85 N in Rowan County, near Salisbury. The ticket was written for 73 mph in a 55 zone (construction zone). I normally don't speed (at least not to that extent). I was into hour 7 of my drive home to Raleigh from Alabama, was thinking about my sick father...and just zoned out. I know that is no excuse for speeding and I feel really bad about this. I just neglected to notice that the speed limit had dropped to 55...no excuses. I was planning to just pay the fine and move on, but after reading online I realized that the penalty for going more than 15 above the speed limit at a speed higher than 55 mph is license suspension! I don't have any other tickets on my record. I need to hire an attorney to help with this, as I really don't want to have my license suspended. But have no idea about good attorneys in the area. Can anyone recommend one? Any advice? Thanks!
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:07 PM
 
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Since you have no priors go to the DA office be sincere like you are in this post and well dressed and ask for Prayer for Judgement before attempting a Lawyer.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:41 AM
 
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^ Careful with that PJC. In this case, it's highly likely you can get the charge reduced to something below 65 mph. If so, you can just pay the fine + court costs--no insurance points. You don't want to use a PJC if you can get it reduced. You only get a limited number of PJC's, and you really should "save" it in case you happen to be involved in something more serious.

Do as Sunny says--go see the DA, but don't mention the PJC. Just explain what happened and ask if there's any way you can get the charge reduced. Be sure to bring along a copy of your driving record to show you don't have any prior violations.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:22 PM
 
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Thanks to you both for the advice! Do you know if I have to wait until the court date to speak with the DA, or can I go before then?
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Southeastern Cumberland County
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Thanks to you both for the advice! Do you know if I have to wait until the court date to speak with the DA, or can I go before then?
You can go beforehand. You can also ask to plead to a lesser charge--improper equipment. And sometimes they'll make you go to traffic school, but it beats the ticket on your record and points, and insurance, etc.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:28 AM
 
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Normally you'll have to wait til the court date, but you can call the DA's office and ask.
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:19 AM
 
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^ Yep, in simple cases like this you can just show up on your court date. Not sure how smaller counties handle it, but in the larger counties there's a magistrate (actually I think it's a rep of the DA's office) who screens traffic tickets all day long. Just go get in the line, and he'll either reduce the charge or not. If not, then you can either plead guilty to the original charge and pay your fine, or go to the regular traffic court as scheduled and plead your case there.
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:01 AM
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Used to work highway construction and sorry, but you get no sympathy from me. Sounds like you were pretty pre-occupied in an area where I used to make my living. Based on the circumstances, are you 100% confident you could have avoided a worker that stepped into your path. Yep, I thought so. It is a matter of life and death. That is why the penalties are as they are. I can't believe the permissiveness of folks that have told you how to avoid paying your price for breaking the law. Disgusting.
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:21 AM
 
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Used to work highway construction and sorry, but you get no sympathy from me. Sounds like you were pretty pre-occupied in an area where I used to make my living. Based on the circumstances, are you 100% confident you could have avoided a worker that stepped into your path. Yep, I thought so. It is a matter of life and death. That is why the penalties are as they are. I can't believe the permissiveness of folks that have told you how to avoid paying your price for breaking the law. Disgusting.

Whoa, calm down. If you're referring to me with your "permissiveness of folk" comment, it's not me that's being permissive. It's the state of NC. Sometimes they see fit to go easy on someone when the facts of the case allow it. Sorry, but that's just how things work, and I didn't make the rules.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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Used to work highway construction and sorry, but you get no sympathy from me. Sounds like you were pretty pre-occupied in an area where I used to make my living. Based on the circumstances, are you 100% confident you could have avoided a worker that stepped into your path. Yep, I thought so. It is a matter of life and death. That is why the penalties are as they are. I can't believe the permissiveness of folks that have told you how to avoid paying your price for breaking the law. Disgusting.
I hear you. One thing is certain, if this driver is properly prosecuted he won't speed in a work zone again. If he isn't then who knows?

Just love how everyone implies that the life of a worker in a construction zone is worth less than a driver's license.

Chris
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