We tend to brush off traffic tickets as no big deal, but speeding tickets can have serious consequences. Speeding tickets often cost people more than they expected. They can also result in driver’s license suspensions, increased insurance rates, as well as hefty fines. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, our attorneys have the necessary experience to fight your speeding ticket on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.How to Avoid Overpaying for a Speeding Ticket in Charlotte, North Carolina
Many people assume that they cannot fight a speeding ticket, or they think it is not worth the trouble, so they just pay it. However, when the speeding ticket is serious enough, you will not be able to just pay the ticket off. Instead, you will need to pay the ticket in person at a Charlotte court, or you can ask a Charlotte speeding ticket lawyer to appear in court on your behalf.
With our busy lives, taking time away from work to drive downtown and appear in court for a speeding ticket can be a massive hindrance. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC we can effectively argue your side of the story regarding your traffic ticket. Our legal team has handled numerous Charlotte traffic tickets. We have the experience and knowledge you need to find the weaknesses and strengths of the traffic ticket, to build a strong case in your favor.How to Fight Your Charlotte Traffic Ticket
One way to fight a traffic ticket is to challenge the charge with evidence that you did not commit the crime. The prosecutor has the burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you violated a North Carolina traffic law. If they cannot prove every element of the crime, they will likely not succeed in the conviction. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC we will conduct a thorough investigation into your case, depending on the circumstances some ways of investigating your case could include:
- Investigate all of the circumstances of your traffic ticket, including finding any CCTV footage or witnesses to the accident;
- Challenge your arrest, if applicable, as well as any evidence against you;
- Negotiate with the prosecution to reduce your charge or get your charges dismissed. If you have a clean record as well as good standing in your school, work, or community in general, you will have a better chance of a positive outcome;
- Present evidence on your behalf at the hearing;
- Help you understand all of your options, including whether or not you should accept a plea deal or fight the ticket at a hearing;
- Fight for you to keep your driver’s license privileges when you cannot avoid a conviction regarding your traffic ticket.
The attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC can help defend your case in any of the following situations:
- Moving violations
- Speeding tickets
- Non-moving violations
- Driver’s license restoration
- Driving on a revoked license
- Cases involving ignition interlock devices
- Driving with an open container
- Driving while impaired (DWI)
- Commercial driver’s license violations
- Red light tickets
- Stop signs violations
North Carolina classifies traffic offense in one of three ways:
- Infraction: An infraction is a violation for which you might get a ticket. Tickets for speeding or running a stop sign are considered an infraction. Those who are convicted may be required to pay a fine of up to $100, as well as the associated court costs. Those found guilty of an infraction may also receive points on their driver’s license.
- Misdemeanor: Misdemeanors are more serious than infractions but less serious than felonies. Leaving the scene of the accident, reckless driving, and DWIs are a few examples of misdemeanor offenses. The penalties for misdemeanors may include spending up to 60 days in jail, as well as court costs and fines. Also, a party found guilty of committing a misdemeanor traffic violation will likely result in points on the guilty party’s license or the immediate suspension of their driver’s license.
- Felony: Felonies are the most serious types of traffic offenses that are punishable by a prison term of over a year. Defendants can also face hundreds to thousands of dollars of fines and court costs. Felony traffic offenses include vehicular manslaughter, hit and runs, and habitual DWI charges (more than three DWI charges).
At Arnold & Smith PLLC, our Charlotte traffic ticket attorneys can fight your speeding ticket on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.
For your convenience and safety, we now offer phone and video conferencing. If you prefer an in-person consultation, we have three easy to reach locations in Uptown- Charlotte, Mooresville, and Monroe. Contact us today at 704-370-2828 to learn how we can defend your rights.