Traffic Ticket FAQ
Difference Between Civil & Criminal Traffic Offenses?
Civil traffic offenses (i.e. civil infractions):
- could result in fines & court costs
- could get you points on your license
- is not punishable by jail
Criminal traffic offenses:
- is punishable by jail time
- you are required to appear in court
- you are required to hire an attorney
What If I am Cited in an Auto Accident?
Without having the proper representation, your being cited for causing
an auto accident usually leads to :
increases in your insurance
adding a lot of
points on your driving record
you being sued personally in a civil personal injury lawsuit
However, there are often
legal defenses our attorneys can use to
defend you against the charge(s)! Since the officer who cited you usually didn't witness the accident,
the officers usually base their opinions on things like
eyewitness testimony and the
physical evidence at the scene.
Additionally, when you are cited for an accident, our attorneys are often
times able to
negotiate with the prosecutor to dismiss your charges by proving you had insurance coverage and legal financial responsibility
has been assumed. Failure of witnesses to attend court hearings are yet
additional grounds our attorneys are able to use t
o get these types of tickets dismissed.
At Saffa Law Group, you will be vigorously defended by an experienced
trial attorney with an extensive background as both a
former prosecutor and a
former insurance company defense attorney!
How Much Will My Insurance Increase If I Pay the Ticket?
In North Carolina, if you send in payment for a ticket, you are convicted
(found guilty) of the offense and driver license points are placed against
your driving record. If you accumulate 12 points within a 3-year period,
your license could be suspended. If you accumulate 8 points following
a license reinstatement, it could result in a second suspension.
If your driver's license is suspended by the point system, it may be
suspended for: 60 days on the first suspension, 6 months for a second
suspension, and 12 months for a third.
According to the
North Carolina Department of Insurance, this is how
getting points on your license will cost you money:
% of Rate Increase
Cost If Basic Rate is $300
“other” moving violations
Stop sign violation
Stop light violation
Speeding > 55 mph
School zone violations
Failure to yield right of way
No operator’s license
No liability insurance
Hit & run (property damage)
Careless & reckless driving
Following too closely
Passing a school bus
If you are convicted of speeding more than 15 mph above the speed limit,
or driving at a speed higher than 55 mph, your license will be revoked
for 30 days.
Your license will be revoked for 60 days if this is your second speeding
ticket where you were driving 15 mph hour or more above the speed limit
within a year, or if you are convicted of speeding plus reckless driving
on the same occasion.
Before sending in a payment for a ticket, be sure to contact Saffa Law
Group for a
Should I Just Pay My Ticket?
Absolutely NOT! You should never, ever simply send in a payment for a speeding ticket -
even if you are guilty!
This is because simply sending in payment:
increase your insurance by
add points to your record
could lead to the
revocation of your license
Also, when you just send in a payment for a traffic ticket, you are technically
pleading guilty and are
convicted of the offense. Then
if you ever get any additional tickets, the conviction you received from simply paying for a ticket is
used against you and results in higher fines, more points on your license, higher insurance
and possible license suspension or revocation!
SAFFA LAW GROUP, we get tickets:
DISMISSED - either for legal reasons or as part of a negotiated plea with the prosecutor
REDUCED - to either a non-moving violation or by reducing the speed/offense with
which you were charged
This often results in your receiving
NO POINTS and
NO INCREASED INSURANCE!
If you have received a ticket and are considering paying it, be sure to
contact Saffa Law Group first for your
Charged with an FTA (Failure to Appear)?
If you were previously charged with an offense and failed to appear in
court, this could have serious consequences.
Failing to appear in court could result in:
- a warrant being issued for you arrest
- your license being suspended
- your later being charged with driving while license is suspended (if you
are ever pulled over)
- FTA fees
traffic defense attorneys can often times get your case
reset and get your
arrest warrant withdrawn (stricken). If you have been charged with a
failure to appear, call Saffa Law Group for your