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Old 04-03-2012, 06:48 PM
 
Location: N. Raleigh
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Hello. Got a speeding ticket in Clayton this week. I was only going 67 in a 55 and keeping up with traffic.

I'm from NJ where you can go to court, pled guilty, get reduced, and pay fines w/o points. Here you get a lawyer, pay $500, and they get the tix erased by "faulty equipment".

Besides that being totally immoral and the definition of how crazy our legal system is, does anyone know a lawyer who they recommend & doesn't charge over $350???
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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You can go to the court house and if it your 1st offense they will drop it to 9mph over and no insurance points. I got hit with the same on 70 last yr. When I told the clerk at the court house I didn't have cash he gladly pointed me to the ATM....I think it was $175 fine
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Full time RV"er
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Hello. Got a speeding ticket in Clayton this week. I was only going 67 in a 55 and keeping up with traffic.

I'm from NJ where you can go to court, plead guilty, get reduced, and pay fines w/o points. Here you get a lawyer, pay $500, and they get the tix erased by "faulty equipment".

Besides that being totally immoral and the definition of how crazy our legal system is, does anyone know a lawyer who they recommend & doesn't charge over $350???
You Don't need a Lawyer ! Look up all the post I have done under Fighter 1, In short all you need to do , if you are from out of state you can do a declaration by mail and you must in that letter DEMAND a verified complaint on the Notice to Appear, Citation or what ever the cop's have given you . That is your formal ( and Legal ) Demand to face your accuser, your constitutional right to due process, under U.S. Title 42, 1983. The problem is that the officer can not give the court one because there was no injured party and with out that the courts have NO jurisdiction in the matter and they dismiss your case and you pay nothing , plus you get a little legal experience in the process. Just today One man In Northern California went in to court for his trial after having done the same at his arraignment 30 days prior and when he came before the Judge, she told him that his case had been dismissed saving him almost $2,000.00 in fines.

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Old 04-04-2012, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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I'm not sure about all that, but I've used a lawyer afew times for tickets for my wife and I and it's never been over $350. The improper equipment thing will not work in all jurisdictions, so it will be good to ask when you talk to lawyers about your options in Johnston county. That being said, since it is just 12 over you would have a good chance getting it reduced on your own to under 9, which should not hit your insurance. You'll still have to pay court coss which are $140 iirc.

So, I would wait a couple or three weeks until you get the dozen or so letters for legal services and call a few and think about what you want to do.

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Old 04-04-2012, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Don't be so snarky
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Your lawyer fee should be $150-$225, and you will end up paying a ridiculous court fee of $100-$150 as mentioned.

If you dont have a terrible record, they will easily get it changed to improper equipment. Clearly you know this already. No lawyer should be more than $250 though. Google the district where the courthouse is, and "traffic attorney", find one that used to work in the DA's office for that district, and go with them.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:32 PM
 
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i was told today that the ridiculous court cost is $198. Durham County.

is that accurate?
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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I paid $300 to a lawyer a few years ago for a ticket. No points, no dealing with the courthouse. They send out advertisements within days so I price shopped from them and problem solved. I would of paid $300 to just avoid the courthouse, let alone the fines lol.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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sacredgrooves.............you price shopped. but, how did you know they were GOOD! they could win??
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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I paid $245 a few months ago for a ticket in Raleigh, included lawer, fine, court cost, no points added to insurance.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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well, i'd never get away with $245 in DUrham Co, if court costs are $198!!!
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