The most immediate and direct consequence of paying a traffic citation is the cost. You will pay $141.00 to $143.00 for NC Criminal Court costs, plus a fine determined by the severity of the charge against you. But, that is not all. Your infraction or crime will continue to haunt you when it comes to your insurance company. Insurance companies look for any reason to increase your premiums. One way they do this is to raise your premium when you are convicted of a traffic offense. In fact, a simple conviction of 81 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone will result in four insurance points (which are different from DMV points) and your insurance company can increase your premium by 80%. Based on a $100/month original insurance premium, that conviction will cost you up to $1,920 over the next two years. All of the sudden, the inconvenience of a speeding ticket becomes a lasting and unnecessary expense. Had you hired a North Carolina speeding ticket attorney, they would have used their experience and expertise to negotiate a reduced plea with the District Attorney. The impact on your insurance premiums would be greatly reduced or even avoided. When you consider the amount you save in insurance payments, the traffic attorney’s fees become a bargain.
Beyond the extended expenses associated with paying a traffic ticket, there are more permanent consequences involved. By paying a speeding ticket, you are pleading guilty to the charge against you. Once you plead guilty, the conviction becomes a permanent mark on your record. Convictions on your record will affect negotiations and consequences in future criminal charges. If there are prior convictions on your driving record, the District Attorney’s office will be less willing to negotiate a reduced plea with your attorney should you get another traffic ticket or other charge. By hiring a North Carolina traffic ticket lawyer to take care of your citation, you can reduce the impact of every charge on your record.
Kelly Myers is a Cornelius and Lake Norman speeding and traffic ticket lawyer. Contact the Law Office of Kelly Myers to take care of your citation. In many cases, you will not have to appear in court, or even visit our office.