FIND YOUR COURT DATE
WHY YOU SHOULD NOT HANDLE EVEN A MINOR CITATION
Most of us have had that sinking feeling of seeing blue lights in
the rear view mirror. When I was in my teens, I used to get a
speeding ticket every year. I would mail in the tickets (when the
speed was low enough to allow payment by mail) or I would go to
court and wait most of the day for the assistant district attorney
to call me forward to plead my case. I had friends who would advise
me to ask for a "PJC" or who told me to plead not guilty if the
state trooper wasnít wearing his hat when he gave me the ticket.
YOUR LICENSE IS LIKE YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR CREDIT
Like your health and your credit, your license must be protected
at all costs. And, just like with your health and credit, avoiding
problems with your license now is much cheaper than regaining a
revoked driving privilege, repairing damage to your driving record,
or trying to reduce your insurance rates later.
WHATíS THE WORST THAT CAN HAPPEN?
1. Revocation or suspension of your privilege to drive.
North Carolina DMV has two
lengthy lists of mandatory and discretionary revocations, some for
offenses that you would consider quite minor. For example, did you
know that if you are convicted of speeding over 55 miles per hour
twice in any twelve month period, the DMV can revoke your license?
And did you know that out of state tickets are reported back to
North Carolina under an agreement between the states which requires
North Carolina to treat that ticket as though it happened here? Many
clients come to us for help restoring a driverís license that was
suspended here for an out of state citation.
Depending on your charge, your license might be revoked for from
30 days up to a full year on a first offense. If you drive after
being suspended or revoked, then you are facing a class 1
misdemeanor and an additional one year revocation.
2. Insurance premiums can rise by up to
400%. Insurance companies are in the business of making
money. They make more money by raising the rates of drivers with
tickets. In fact, a one mile per hour difference in a speeding
charge can lead to an increase in insurance premiums of form 25% to
400% for you and every member of your household covered by a policy
for the next three years.
In some cases, your insurance company may drop you and your
family altogether. If that happens, you may be forced to do business
with a cut rate insurance outfit that charges you outrageous
premiums for coverage that is inadequate to protect you and your
3. Everyone, including current or
prospective employers, can get a look at your driving record.
Thanks to the miracle of the internet, everyone in the world can
get access to information about you -including criminal and driving
records. Employers use this information as part of the process of
background checks for new employees and in evaluating candidates for
4. You will lose time, income, and maybe
your job. Without a lawyer, you will have to take time
away from work to go to court - possibly several times. Once you get
to court, you may have to wait from several hours to all day to get
to see the D.A. and/or the judge. When you do get before the judge,
you may be frustrated by the fact that the rules do not allow him to
advise you about how to plead or what the consequences will be.
WHY SHOULD YOU HIRE THE LAWYERS AT ARTHUR M. BLUE
Art Blue and I have successfully
defended thousands of people charge with traffic violations ranging
from expired inspection to driving while license revoked to felony DWI and death by motor vehicle. As an experienced former Assistant
District Attorney, I know how to obtain the best possible result for
you -an outcome that will eliminate or significantly reduce license
and insurance points, potentially save your license from revocation,
minimize fines, and protect your driving record for the future.
2. Dedication. My practice area
is primarily in traffic, DWI, and criminal defense. I am not
handling your ticket to make a quick buck while I am waiting for
other business to pick up. My paralegal,
Courtney Maness, handles
nothing but criminal and traffic files, so even when I am in court,
there will always be someone available to answer your questions. If
you leave me a message, I will call you back within 24 hours.
3. Knowledge. The North Carolina
motor vehicle laws are complex, confusing and liable to change every
time the legislature is in session. We at the Arthur M. Blue Law
Office have a thorough knowledge of the statutes and case law as
well as a practical understanding of the inner workings of the
system that we will use to benefit you.
4. Technology. We use the latest
computer and internet technology to track and process our cases.
This makes us more efficient and allows us to offer very reasonable
fees to you.
5. In most cases, you will not have to
appear in court. In the vast majority of traffic cases,
after you sign a waiver of appearance indicating that our firm
represents you, you will not be required to go to court. We will
handle everything. In more complex cases or cases involving more
serious charges, we can reduce the number of times you have to be in
court to one. And we can work with you to continue the case until a
date that will be most convenient for you.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO CONTACT US ABOUT YOUR CASE?
Just drop us an e-mail or give us a call. We can handle most
tickets over the phone and through the mails and the fax machine.
For more complex cases, we will be happy to schedule you an
appointment in our office for a free consultation.
Careless and reckless driving / Driving after consuming alcohol if the driver is under 21 / Driving during revocation or suspension of license or registration / Driving
Influence DUI / Driving While Impaired DWI / Driving with a blood alcohol level of 08% or greater / Driving with expired registration / Failure to have liability insurance / Failure to yield to emergency vehicle / Failure to yield
right-of-way / Failure to stop for a siren / Felony death by vehicle / Following too closely / Hit and run / Illegal passing / Manslaughter or negligent homicide involving a motor vehicle / Passing a stopped school bus / Racing /
Running a red light / Running a stop sign / Speeding in a construction zone / Speeding in a school zone / Speeding to avoid arrest / Speeding tickets /
Moving Violation / Traffic Citation / Failed to Yield / Left of Center /
Unsafe Movement / Safe Movement Violation / Accident / Driving While
License Revoked / DWLR
Arthur M. Blue Law
Office, P.A., Carthage & Asheboro, North
Carolina Attorneys at Law
Durham, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park, Troy, Asheboro, High Point,
Rockingham, Albemarle, Pittsboro, Siler City, Raeford, Sanford, Cameron,
Pinehurst, Robbins, Laurinburg, Carrboro, Roxboro
Concentrating in Personal Injury Law, Family Law, Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense
Law, Civil Litigation, North Carolina Traffic
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