Did you recently get hit with a speeding ticket in Goldsboro, Kinston or a nearby area in North Carolina? You may be wondering whether you should:
- Admit guilt and pay the fine
- Deny guilt and fight the ticket
- Pursue an alternative solution.
If you take the first option above, you may be missing out on a much better outcome in your case – one in which you can possibly avoid getting points on your driving record and paying higher insurance premiums.
Before you make any decisions, you owe it to yourself to speak first with an experienced Goldsboro traffic ticket attorney. Get in touch with Strickland, Agner & Associates today.
We have years of experience with handling speeding tickets for clients in Wayne, Lenoir and Greene counties, including out-of-state clients who received a ticket while driving through the area.
We can talk with you right away and get to work on your case immediately – but don’t wait until the last minute. The sooner you get legal help, the better off you will be in the long run.
Should You Admit Guilt and Pay the Speeding Ticket?
If you are a busy person, you may believe that the easiest, most convenient route to take after getting a speeding ticket in North Carolina is to simply admit guilt and pay the fine. However, before you do that, consider the true cost of a ticket.
NerdWallet.com recently examined the different costs that come with a North Carolina speeding ticket if you have been charged with going 15 mph or more above the posted speed limit (a common ticket in our state).
The website took into account court costs as well as the total cost of average auto insurance premium increases over a three-year period, which would result from a speeding conviction going on your record.
Based on its analysis, NerdWallet.com determined that the “true cost” of a speeding ticket in North Carolina is actually, on average, $1,619, or 53 times higher than the ticket’s $30 cost.
Of course, the above figure represents the statewide average. In some areas, the average cost may be higher or lower.
For instance, in Goldsboro, the true cost of a ticket is $1,648.25, while in Kinston, it is $1,623.50, according to the website. In the nearby larger city of Raleigh, the cost is $1,639.04.
In addition to insurance points, you should keep in mind that a conviction for a moving violation in North Carolina can lead to points going on your Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) record.
For instance, speeding in excess of 55 mph in North Carolina can result in three points being added to your driving record (four points if you were operating a commercial motor vehicle).
If you collect 12 points over a three-year period, the DMV can suspend your license.
For this reason, it may be in your best interest to contact Strickland, Agner & Associates to learn about other options that may be available to you.
Should You Deny Guilt and Fight the Speeding Ticket?
One option available to you may be to go to court and fight your ticket. The court date and location in Wayne, Lenoir or Greene County should be listed on the speeding ticket. Make sure that you attend court on that date.
If you fail to appear, you would likely face two possible consequences:
If you appear in court with the goal of fighting your ticket, you should expect that the prosecutor will put on testimony by the officer who stopped you. You will have the right to cross-examine the officer on matters such as:
- Whether the officer was directed to monitor the road where you were stopped, or whether the officer “worked” that road at his own discretion.
- Whether the officer estimated your speed, and whether the officer has training and experience with doing that.
- Whether the officer recorded your speed on a radar device, and whether the officer had proper training to use the device.
- Whether the device was in service and properly calibrated, and whether the device had ever failed to function correctly in the past.
If a court rules against you, you will face all of the consequences we listed above. If you are found not guilty, you may still have to pay court costs.
What Other Alternatives Do You Have When You Get a Speeding Ticket?
In many cases, you may have alternatives to pleading guilty or contesting your speeding ticket. Often, with an attorney’s help, you can reach a plea agreement with the prosecution which can allow you to:
- Receive a Prayer for Judgment Continued
You would plead guilty to the speeding violation, but the violation would stay off your insurance and DMV records. However, you cannot use a PJC if you are ticketed for going 25 mph or more over the speed limit or if you have a commercial driver’s license. Also, your household can use a PJC only once every three years or twice every five years.
- Plead to a lesser moving or non-moving violation
Depending on your driving record and other factors, you may be able to plead to a lesser moving violation, such as going from a charge of 15 mph over the speed limit to 10 mph. In some cases, you may be able to plead to a non-moving violation. The result, again, is that you can minimize your DMV and insurance points and, ultimately, save yourself money in the long run.
How Can a Goldsboro Speeding Ticket Attorney Help You?
At Strickland, Agner & Associates, we have extensive experience with helping individuals charged with speeding violations in Goldsboro, Kinston and surrounding areas.
We can assist you by:
To get started, you would simply need to scan or copy your speeding ticket and send the copy to our law office. If we represent you, then you would need to:
- Sign a Waiver of Appearance form and get the form notarized
- Mail the original to us or take it to our office in Goldsboro or Kinston
- Pay the required fees and costs by Visa, Mastercard, Paypal or personal check – whichever works best for you.
After your court date, our firm would provide you with a report about the outcome and inform you about your options as you move ahead.
Take Your Goldsboro Speeding Ticket Seriously – Give Us a Call Today
Don’t make the mistake of simply admitting guilt and paying your speeding ticket without first looking at all other options which may be available to you. Call Strickland, Agner & Associates today. We are here to help you in Goldsboro, Kinston and surrounding areas. We can provide an immediate consultation. So, don’t wait to get help.