The first cost increases became effective July 1, 2011 and the second became effective Monday. The cost increases apply to both civil and criminal matters, and heavy-footed North Carolina drivers will definitely notice. Court costs for traffic matters increased $29 for the month of July are up $47 as of this month. The base court costs are now $188 for traffic infractions, and $190 for traffic misdemeanors. This is in addition to the fine assessed for the specific offense, which generally ranges from $10 to $100. What's more, there is a new Improper Equipment fee of $50, which may come as a costly disappointment for drivers and their attorneys in Mecklenburg County, where improper equipment just became accepted as a reduced plea in certain cases at the beginning of this year. One thing is for sure, speeding and getting pulled over in North Carolina is costing drivers more and more.
One thing that doesn't change is that no driver should simply pay a traffic citation. While changes are underway and court costs are increasing, many traffic ticket charges can still be reduced through negotiations with the District Attorney. Often, these efforts reduce or eliminate the impact on insurance premiums. Even with the new improper equipment fee, the extra $50 one spends in the short term will be preferable to the amount insurance premiums can increase for a three year period following a conviction for a moving violation. A skilled attorney can help North Carolina drivers reduce the cost and impact of a speeding ticket both in the short term and the long term. The lawyer will analyze charges and driving records to best negotiate with the District Attorney for a reduction or dismissal.
Meckenburg County Ticket lawyer Kelly Myers handles citations and speeding tickets in Mecklenburg County Court in Charlotte, North Carolina. Contact the Lake Norman law office of Kelly B. Myers to negotiate on your behalf. While you will now pay more for court costs, you will save money on insurance premiums and, in most cases, will never have to appear at the office or in court.