Extending Representation in the North Carolina High Country

Harmon Law is extending representation on traffic violation tickets to include the following counties:

Watauga, Avery, Wilkes, Caldwell

If not handled properly, traffic tickets can become much more expensive than the printed cost on the citation.

Traffic Tickets & Violations in Boone

It’s never in your best interest to pay off a traffic ticket. Your driving privileges, criminal record, and insurance rates can have harsh and long-term consequences. Harmon Law, PLLC, is committed to providing trusted and high quality representation in traffic court cases in Watauga, Avery, Ashe, and Caldwell County. While traffic violations are not always criminal crimes, they do present threats to law-abiding citizens and their rights to drive. We take the time to understand your traffic citation case and develop a strategy that will bring you the best results possible. Avoid potential points to your driving record, increased insurance rates, and license revocation and suspension by consulting a NC traffic ticket attorney before heading to court.

Types of North Carolina Traffic Offenses

In North Carolina, there are 3 types of traffic violations: moving; non-moving; and drivers license suspension and revocation. No matter what statues and code numbers may be violated on your citation, you must take action when responding to your ticket. Failure to pay the fine associated with your ticket or appear in court can result in detrimental consequences. Harmon Law has experience in representing clients in High Country North Carolina courts in Boone, Blowing Rock, and beyond.

Moving and Non-Moving Traffic Violations

Moving violation traffic tickets in the High Country of North Carolina result when your vehicle is moving at the time of violation. Examples of moving violations include:

Non-moving traffic violations in North Carolina typically result from violations when your car is not moving. Examples of non-moving violations may include:

  • Illegal Parking such as parking in a handicap zone
  • Remove parking tickets from website
  • Expired License Plate Tags or Registration
  • Improper Equipment

Potential Consequences for NC Traffic Violations

Insurance companies are looking for any reason to increase your policy rates. The North Carolina DMV is able to revoke your license for many different minor traffic tickets if you plead guilty or pay off your traffic violation ticket. Depending on the type and nature of your traffic violation conviction there are potential penalties and consequences. Remember that traffic violations not handled properly in traffic court may result in:

  • Heavy Fines
  • Imprisonment
  • Suspended or Revoked License
  • Increased Insurance Rates
  • Demerit Driving Record Points
  • Required Completion of Driver Improvement Clinics

Drivers License Suspension & Revocation

If you have too many traffic offense points on your driving record, your North Carolina driver’s license may be suspended or revoked. The more convictions you have on your driving record can result in potentially permanent license suspensions. Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a serious offense that can result in a misdemeanor conviction and possible jail sentence not to exceed 120 days. It is important to have your license reinstated by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles to prevent serious fines and penalties against your driving record.

DMV POINT SCALE

OFFENSEPOINTS
Passing a stopped school bus5
Aggressive driving5
Reckless driving4
Hit and run, property damage only4
Following too closely4
Driving on wrong side of road4
Illegal passing4
Failure to yield right of way to pedestrian4
Running stop sign3
Speeding in excess of 55 miles per hour3
Failure to yield right of way3
Running a red light3
No drivers license or license expired more than one year3
Failure to stop for siren3
Driving through safety zone3
No liability insurance3
Failure to properly restrain a child in a restraint or seat belt2
All other moving violations2

Legal Defense Strategies for Boone & Watauga County Traffic Court Violations

If you have been convicted of a traffic violation in North Carolina court, there are ways to resolve your issue to have the best possible outcome. Previous traffic convictions can result in larger consequences on the results of your case. Outstanding tickets and aggravating criminal factors, can complicated your outcome. Before you take your traffic ticket to court, consult with a legal team to evaluate your traffic violation case. Time is of the essence when fighting for your driving privileges and avoiding insurance premiums.

Prayer for Judgement Continued

Sometimes a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) is the best option, but sometimes it is not. Harmon Law will order an updated copy of your driving record and review your driving history to effectuate the best outcome for your situation. We know when to use a PJC to protect your privilege and insurance rates. There are two point scales that impact your ability to drive. One is the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) point scale, and the other is the insurance point scale. If you accumulate too many DMV points, this can lead to a suspension of your driving privilege. You are entitled to two PJC’s every five years to manage your DMV points. If you receive insurance points, your premiums could go up $200 for every point you accumulate. You are entitled to one PJC every three years to protect your insurance points.

Motion for Appropriate Relief

If you missed a court date appearance for a traffic ticket or have paid your ticket only to have your license revoked, there are ways to reopen your case. Harmon Law has the ability to change your legal outcomes and fix problems you have encountered.

Work With a Criminal Attorney in Boone, NC

Insurance companies are looking for any reason to increase your rates and the DMV is able to revoke your license for many different minor traffic tickets if you plead guilty or just pay it off. North Carolina traffic tickets can generally be paid online, by mail, phone, or in-person at the courthouse. Depending on the type of ticket you received, you may be able to fight your traffic ticket in court. Lawyer fees for speeding tickets start at $150 and usually eliminate the need to take a day off work and wait around in court. Different rates may be quoted depending on your speed, your prior driving history, and what type of charge you were cited with. Every court case is different, and each client has a unique experience. Schedule an appointment for a free consultation to determine what options you may have in protecting your license and keeping your insurance costs low.