Most of us have seen the dreaded “blue lights” in our rearview mirrors at least once. We know the traffic laws in North Carolina but sometimes we are in a hurry so we go just a little over the speed limit or we perform a “rolling stop” instead of coming to a complete stop at an intersection. We may get away with traffic violations 99 percent of the time; however, it is that one percent of the time that gets us.
When you are stopped by police, the best course of action is to be polite and honest because arguing with the officer will not get you out of the traffic ticket. Instead arguing with the police officer and risking making the matter worse, let our North Carolina traffic lawyers fight the ticket for you in court.
When Do You Need Traffic Lawyers?
You may not need traffic lawyers for every traffic violation. Minor traffic violations such as parking tickets that only involve paying a fine are usually best dealt with by paying the fine before the deadline. However, when you are facing more serious traffic violations that can result in serious penalties for convictions, you should consult with experienced traffic lawyers before you plead guilty and pay the fine. You could face a suspended license and jail time.
Traffic violations that carry severe penalties for a conviction in North Carolina include:
- Reckless driving
- Driving without insurance
- Driving with a suspended license
- Hit and run accidents
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Speeding in excess of 90 miles per hour
There are also a host of less serious moving violations that, while not as severe as those listed above, still have the potential to impose license points and, worse, increase your insurance premiums. A traffic attorney’s job is not just to keep your license from being suspended, but to minimize or eliminate license and insurance points. Many traffic violations can be handled without the client being present in court, saving time lost from work or school.
You should also consult traffic lawyers if you have outstanding warrants for your arrest, you may lose your driver’s license if convicted, or you are not sure if you should plead guilty or fight the traffic ticket.
You may not need a traffic attorney if you are facing a minor traffic violation, have never been convicted of a traffic violation, you are willing to appear in court, and you are willing to pay the fine. However, our traffic lawyers offer a free consultation; therefore, you are not losing anything by consulting with our office before you plead guilty to a traffic violation. You may have a valid defense to your traffic ticket that will result in a reduction in charges or a complete dismissal of the traffic ticket.
How to Choose The Best Traffic Lawyer?
When you are searching for a North Carolina traffic attorney to help you with your traffic ticket, you want an attorney who has extensive experience representing people in traffic court and has extensive knowledge of North Carolina traffic laws. You do not want to go to court with an attorney who does not regularly handle traffic ticket cases, who is not familiar with the judges and clerks who handle traffic ticket cases, and who does not have experience handling trials for higher level charges.
The best traffic lawyers keep you informed about the status of your case and offer free consultations so that you can get answers to your questions. They are upfront about attorney fees as well as estimating your potential court costs and fines. Hiring a good traffic lawyer is often relatively inexpensive, but choosing the cheapest lawyer may not yield the best results, particularly if they cut corners to keep their prices low.
If you are driving with a license from another state or with a commercial driver’s license (CDL), an experienced traffic attorney can also help avoid pitfalls relating to how a North Carolina ticket might be reported to your home state.
If an attorney “promises” or “guarantees” an outcome, consult with another attorney. The best traffic lawyers give you their opinion of the likely outcomes in your case based on the facts of your case and the attorney’s experience handling cases similar to your case. However, no attorney can guarantee a specific outcome in a case. Attorneys who promise or guarantee outcomes should be avoided.
Contact Experienced Jacksonville Traffic Lawyers
“Attorneys Who Aggressively Protect Your Rights”
The traffic lawyers of Welch and Avery have the skills, resources, and experience you need when you are facing fines, license revocation, and other potential penalties for a traffic ticket conviction. Choosing an attorney can be overwhelming. You want to ensure that you are receiving the best legal representation and you are not being overcharged for that representation.
Our traffic lawyers offer free consultations so that you can speak directly with an attorney to determine if you feel comfortable with our law firm before you commit to paying a retainer fee.
Welch and Avery represents clients throughout Duplin County, Onslow County, and the surrounding communities. Call our office at (910) 665-9134 or contact us online today for a free case evaluation.
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