Should I Hire a Lawyer for My Traffic Ticket?
Short answer, Yes.
After receiving a traffic ticket, your blood pressure, no doubt, is going to start rising, thinking about everything that is going to follow. You’ll be asking questions such as: “Can I get this reduced?” or “What is this going to do to my insurance?”
In some cases, depending on your previous driving record, you may be asking, “Will I be able to keep my license from being suspended or revoked?”
The smart move to make after receiving a ticket is to call and speak with an experienced attorney who handles traffic tickets in the county where you received it.
In North Carolina, statutes control how many points you can get for traffic tickets. You can get both Driver’s License Points and Insurance Points. The number of points added to either depends on the traffic violation.
Driver’s License points stay on your record for three years.
If you accumulate 12 or more points within three years, the DMV may suspend your license. If you obtain 7 points, the DMV may assign you to a driver improvement clinic.
An attorney can assist you in making sure that you try to get either no points on your license or minimize the number of points you receive.
At the McGee Law Firm, we look at the whole picture, including your driving record, current policy, and the nature of your charge to determine the best way forward.
Additionally, many traffic tickets can be handled without you needing to appear in court. We appear on your behalf after you sign a Waiver of Appearance.
Considering the possible spikes in insurance (only 1 point increases your insurance 30%), it may be cheaper to obtain the services of a lawyer to assist you in mitigating the damage than just outright paying the ticket.