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Old 01-04-2010, 09:13 PM
 
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I got pulled over the other day doing 55 in a 35 in Chapel Hill. This is my first ticket and I'm just looking for advice... should I get a lawyer or is that over kill? When I go to court, who do I talk to to try to bargain down? Do I find them or wait until I'm called? Please help! Any advice is great!
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:58 PM
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Prayer for Judgement:
http://www.carinsurance.com/kb/content27086.aspx
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:05 PM
 
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Usually the DA will need to knock it down to < 9 over and then as suggested you can use prayer for judgement.

I've found getting a lawyer the easiest and in the end it is cost-effective. You'll get lots of mail from lawyers looking for work-
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:15 PM
 
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Getting an attorney means you don't have to take time off from work to go to court. It also means the attorney can get the ticket knocked down a bit so that your insurance doesn't go up in price. Once your insurance goes up, I believe it stays that rate for 3 years. It is actually less expensive to go ahead and pay the attorney (about $250).

Vicki
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:47 AM
 
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Getting an attorney means you don't have to take time off from work to go to court. It also means the attorney can get the ticket knocked down a bit so that your insurance doesn't go up in price. Once your insurance goes up, I believe it stays that rate for 3 years. It is actually less expensive to go ahead and pay the attorney (about $250).

Vicki
Vicki is right - get an attorney. My DH got a ticket in Cary last year, going 69 in a 50 mph zone. In NC, you can lose your license for going 15 mph or more over the speed limit. He got a lawyer, the charge was reduced. Cost was $250 and DH never even had to take a day off of work to go to court. No points on his driving records = no increase in auto insurance costs. Your mail will be flooded with letters from lawyers within a day or 2. Pick someone reputable and let them handle it.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:10 AM
 
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Don't waste a PJC on a speeding ticket if you can get it reduced to less than 10 MPH over the speed limit. You only get one PJC per household every three years. They are better used for stop sign and other such violations, in my opinion. They are not useful for speeding in a school zone. Now slow down.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:16 AM
 
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I got pulled over the other day doing 55 in a 35 in Chapel Hill. This is my first ticket and I'm just looking for advice... should I get a lawyer or is that over kill? When I go to court, who do I talk to to try to bargain down? Do I find them or wait until I'm called? Please help! Any advice is great!
Get an attorney and realize that 20 over the limit is probably worse in your case. 85 in a 65 in the eyes of some is not as reckless as 55 in a 35. One is highway and the other one probably has pedestrians close by.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:26 AM
 
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I will definitely be in contact with an attorney .. I admit I made a mistake, it was careless, I simply wasnt paying attention. This is my first ticket so I very much appreciate the advice. Does anyone know a good lawyer? Or one to avoid?
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:38 AM
 
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There is a good chance that if you go to court yourself, you can get the DA to reduce to 9 over, which will avoid insurance increases. If the DA refuses, you can ask for the case to be continued to get time to get a lawyer. If the DA refuses to continue, your case will be heard, and you will lose. There is risk involved.

Having a lawyer keeps you from having to go to court and improves your chances of getting the ticket reduced, but it can certainly be the more expensive route.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:57 AM
 
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In the "old days" you could go to court and if you had a clean record the DA would usually give you 9 over to avoid the insurance bump.
Agree that a PFJ is probably best "saved".
The caveat is that my friend who is an independent insurance agent claims that the auto insurance companies are wise to this trick and will still find a way to raise your rates. FWIW - he advises an attorney ... after all it is their sandbox that you're playing in and they get to make the rules.

Frank
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