Traffic Ticket Lawyer From Elizabeth City to the Outer Banks

It happens so fast. You’re traveling down the highway when all of a sudden you see blue lights in the rear view  You immediately tap the brakes, check your speed and frantically look for a speed limit sign. For seconds you hope the officer is after someone ahead of you; he wasn’t. Now what?

 
Fortunately, you have options.
 
If you’re dealing with a typical speeding case, you can accept guilt and pay off the ticket online or by mail.  If your speed is too high or you have been cited with something other than speeding, the ticket might indicate that a “mandatory appearance” is required.  We can work around you having to appear.  However, as many attorney solicitations warn, paying a ticket off or appearing and pleading guilty may very well affect your insurance premiums for a few years and possibly your driver license status.  Take a minute to click here to learn more about insurance increases.  The Department of Motor Vehicles often takes action on a person’s driver license despite what the court does in a given matter. Two tickets in a year often renders you license suspended.  Although this might be your first, no one can predict whether you receive another within 12 months.  Your speed alone is often enough to cause a suspension through DMV.  In other words, how you will be affected by a ticket depends on variables that you might not have considered before taking the path of least resistance and paying the ticket off.
 
Another option is to represent yourself. Often a traffic matter can be resolved through a plea deal with the prosecuting attorney before the judge enters the courtroom or court actually begins. The downside to this is that after waiting in a long line all morning or well into the afternoon, all too often people accept plea deals without understanding what they are agreeing to or how it will affect them in the long-term. Because the prosecutor has an ethical duty not to advise the public about their charges, there is a good chance you will end up at the front of the courtroom facing a take-it-or-leave-it situation without knowledge of what ultimate effects the decision will have on you.  If you plan on fighting the ticket, good luck.  When it comes to your word against that of a law enforcement officer in a court of law, be aware who the judge is most likely to believe.  Not to say it cannot be done, but it takes some skill and preparation.   
 
The last and often better option is to hire a local lawyer to represent you in the matter. There are a few reasons why this is so. First, you generally don’t have to show up on your court date. This saves you from having to take off from work and saves you on gas cost if the courthouse is out of the way for you. Very often attorneys who focus their practice on traffic matters have reasonable flat fees that can actually end up saving you money in the long-run. Secondly, when you have a licensed lawyer appearing on your behalf, you have someone on your side who not only knows the law but also the impact it will have on you and your driver license. There are sometimes things that lawyers recommend their clients to do before their court date that can help their case immensely. Finally, having an attorney helps take all of the anxiety and waiting out of the process. Although you have to pay a fee for this peace of mind, it is often well worth it.
 
Think about your options and do what is right for you. If you have an attorney, consider consulting with him or her. If you would like to speak with me about your case, feel free to call me at (252) 548-6676 or email me at ddonahue@donahuelegal.com.  I always try to respond to calls within 24 hours during the business week. 
If you answer yes to the following three questions, Donahue Defense can likely be of service.
  1. Have you received a traffic ticket in North Carolina?
  2. Were you pulled in one of the following areas of North Carolina?
    • Dare County (OBX)
    • Camden County
    • Currituck County
    • Gates County
    • Pasquotank County (Elizabeth City)
    • Perquimans County (Town of Hertford)
    • Chowan County (Edenton)
    • Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Federal)
    • Ocracoke (National Parks Service – Federal)
  3. Are you hoping to avoid going to court and looking to find a lawyer who will try to have your charge reduced or dismissed?

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