Speeding Ticket

If you receive a speeding ticket in the Outer Banks or elsewhere in northeastern North Carolina, you will need to appear in court to address the ticket OR have an attorney appear for you via Power of Attorney. If you fail to take care of your speeding ticket or citation, the Court will issue a failure to appear, which is a misdemeanor that can lead to serious consequences, including the indefinite revocation of your driver’s license.

Danny Glover, Jr. at Glover Law Firm can appear in court on your behalf by written Power of Attorney. When I go to court, I will try to have your speeding ticket dismissed or reduced. I will also then pay, that day, any fines or costs you owe to the court, and then I will provide to you a comprehensive written report about the outcome of your case.  This is the most convenient option for drivers who are ticketed while visiting our area from a different part of North Carolina or from outside of the state.

Danny takes speeding tickets seriously. My goal is to protect your driver’s license and to keep your auto insurance premiums from soaring. I have been helping ticketed drivers for several decades, and I want to help you as well.

Contact us today and allow us to put our experience to work for you.

Types of North Carolina Speeding Tickets

In North Carolina, you can receive a speeding ticket for operating a vehicle in excess of the posted speed limit or “at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.” This is a basic speeding ticket. It is a non-criminal violation of the law, i.e., an infraction.

However, there are several other speeding-related violations that you can be charged with in our state. A few of these are criminal offenses that carry the possibility of jail time.

Commonly issued violations are:

  • Driving too slowly (infraction)
  • Speeding in a school zone (infraction)
  • Speeding in a highway work zone (infraction)
  • Driving more than 15 mph above the speed limit or over 80 mph (Class 2 misdemeanor)
  • Unlawful highway racing (Class 1 or Class 2 misdemeanor depending on if it was “prearranged”)
  • Speeding to elude arrest (Class 1 misdemeanor or Class H felony depending on the presence of aggravating factors)
  • Aggressive driving (Class 1 misdemeanor)
  • Reckless driving (Class 2 misdemeanor).

Speeding Tickets, Your Driver’s License and Auto Insurance Premiums

If you are convicted of speeding in North Carolina, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will assign points to your driving record. If you compile 12 points or more in a three-year period, you could lose your license. If you compile eight points within three years of getting your license back, you could face another suspension.

Driving record points for common speeding and related violations are:

Offense

Points

Aggressive driving

5

Reckless driving

4

Speeding in excess of 55 mph

3

Failure to stop for siren

3

Speeding in a school zone

3

Additionally, you will be assessed insurance points. These points are counted differently than DMV points. The more points you compile within the three-year period prior to seeking new auto insurance or a renewal of your policy, the higher your insurance premiums will be.

The insurance points you can expect for common speeding violations, rate increases and costs (assuming a basic premium rate of $300 ) are:

Offense

Points

% Rate Increase

Cost

Highway racing (prearranged)

12

340

$1,320

Highway racing (not prearranged)

10

260

$1,080

Speeding to elude arrest

10

260

$1,080

Aggressive driving

8

195

$885

Speeding in excess of 75 mph, speed limit less than 70 mph

4

80

$540

Speeding in excess of 80 mph, speed limit is 70 mph or greater

4

80

$540

Speeding more than 10 mph above limit, speed between 55 and 75 mph

2

45

$435

Speeding 10 mph or less, speed zone of 55 mph or greater

2

45

$435

Speeding 10 mph or less, speed zone of less than 55 mph

1

30

$390

In addition to those insurance points, insurance companies can also cede you to the risky driver’s group, i.e., reinsurance facility, which has the effect of then basically doubling the effects of the points assessed against you.

How Can an Outer Banks Attorney Help with Your Speeding Ticket?

Danny knows how to fight speeding tickets in the Outer Banks and to work with the local district attorney’s office to seek a positive outcome for our clients.

For instance, the consequences of a speeding ticket can be minimized by seeking:

  • Reduction to a lesser offense – Several factors, including a clean driving record, can help you to pursue a plea to a reduced speeding offense or a non-moving violation. As you can see above, getting a ticket reduced to 10 mph or less above the speed limit can mean a major difference in your insurance premiums. A non-moving violation carries no driving record or insurance points. 
  • Prayer for Judgment Continued – Only one PJC per household can be obtained in a three-year period or two every five years. The violation would remain on your record, but it would not count towards your DMV or insurance points (as long as there is no other moving violation within a three-year period).

You can count on Glover Law Firm to thoroughly review your case, explore all options available to you and pursue an outcome that will ultimately help you.

DO NOT ASSUME THAT ANY DEAL YOU ARE ABLE TO GET ON YOUR OWN IS THE BEST, OR EVEN A GOOD OPTION FOR YOU. Many people nowadays believe that they can go to Court on their own and work a deal with the Prosecutor to get the charges reduced. However, what they fail to understand is that neither the Prosecutor, nor the officer, nor the Clerk, nor the Judge is looking at your or your family’s driving record to make sure that “the deal” is in the your best interest. Officers and Court Personnel merely want to get a conviction and get your case over with. What they fail to say is that “the deal” can often result in really steep insurance increases, driver’s license points or revocations, or other unspoken consequences based upon your or your family’s prior tickets, accidents, points or driving records.

Please take your speeding ticket as seriously as I do and contact us right away to arrange for a review of your case. We can provide immediate assistance.

Sources / More Information

North Carolina Driver’s Handbook, N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
A Consumer’s Guide to Insurance Points, N.C. Department of Insurance