Extending Representation in the NC High Country
HARMON LAW IS EXTENDING REPRESENTATION ON TRAFFIC VIOLATION TICKETS TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: WATAUGA, AVERY, WILKES, CALDWELL
If not handled properly, speeding tickets and traffic court costs can become much more expensive than the printed cost on the citation.
TRAFFIC LAwyer 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 an 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 driver’s license suspension and revocation. No matter what statutes 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 the violation. Examples of moving violations include:
- Reckless Driving
- Driving While Intoxicated or Under the Influence
- Running a Red Light
- Illegal U-turns
- Seat belt violations
- Failure to have required liability insurance
- Improper passing or turning
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
- 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 driver’s license suspensions or renovations.
Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a serious offense that can result in a misdemeanor conviction and a 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
Passing a stopped school bus
Hit and run, property damage only
Following too closely
Driving on wrong side of road
Failure to yield right of way to pedestrian
Running stop sign
Speeding in excess of 55 miles per hour
Failure to yield right of way
Running a red light
No drivers license or license expired more than one year
Failure to stop for siren
Driving through safety zone
No liability insurance
Failure to properly restrain a child in a restraint or seat belt
All other moving violations
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 complicate 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 PJCs 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 Speeding ticket & Traffic 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. Speeding tickets in Boone 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.