If you’re reading this, you probably received a speeding ticket in Gastonia, North Carolina (Gaston County) and are trying to figure out how best to handle it. In North Carolina, there are many different potential outcomes on a speeding ticket. These outcomes vary depending on the county in which you are charged. Here are a couple of different ways to handle a speeding ticket in Gastonia (Gaston County). It is always best to contact an attorney regarding your speeding charge so that the individual facts of your particular situation can be considered in determining the best possible way to handle your case.
Request Your Speeding Ticket in Gastonia to be Reduced
The best option might be to request that the district attorney reduce your ticket to 9 mph over the speeding limit (ex. if you are charged with speeding 55 mph in a 35 mph zone, the reduction would be to 44 mph in a 35 mph zone). An assistant DA is not required to reduce your speeding ticket but will often do so (particularly if you have a good driving record). If you are insured in North Carolina, the result of this reduction (as long as the speeding ticket did not occur in a work or school zone) is that you will not have points added to your auto insurance, which means that your insurance rates would not increase as a result of the speeding ticket. Paying a speeding ticket that is more than 15 miles over the limit will result in a suspension of your driver’s license by the DMV. Paying it at that speed is the same as pleading guilty. At the very least the goal is to get the citation reduced to 15 mph over (or less) if the district attorney will allow it.
Request a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) on Your Speeding Ticket in Gastonia
As long as no one on your insurance policy has requested a prayer for judgment on any ticket in the three years prior to handling your current ticket, the effect of receiving a PJC on your speeding ticket is that you will not have points added to either your driver’s license or auto insurance (i.e. no increase in rates). There are exceptions to this, for instance: a PJC will not be recognized by the NC DMV for some speeding charges (ex. where the speed is 25 mph or above the speed limit – in such a situation the charge would have to be reduced prior to requesting the PJC). Also, a judge is not able to continue judgment (i.e. grant a PJC) on some charges. A PJC will typically keep points off of auto-insurance, but again, it may only be used once every three years by any member under the auto insurance policy.
Improper Equipment (IE)
The District Attorney’s Office in Gastonia will usually reduce a speeding citation to Improper Equipment if the speed is less than 20 miles over the limit and you have not had an Improper Equipment reduction in Gastonia within the prior 3 years.
Receiving a Voluntary Dismissal on Your Speeding Ticket in Gastonia
A DA does have the authority to dismiss a speeding ticket in Gastonia. It is often difficult to predict when a Voluntary Dismissal of a speeding ticket will be granted by the District Attorney. If you have a poor driving record or have an extremely high speed on your ticket (ex. 88 mph in a 45 mph zone), dismissal of your speeding ticket would be unlikely.
Speeding in Excess of 90 mph in Gastonia
Speeding in excess of 90 mph is a major concern for licensing and insurance purposes. The Gaston County DA’s office will not dismiss (or typically even reduce) a ticket in excess of 90 mph. Pleading guilty to such a speed could result in a revocation of your driver’s license, so it is essential that you contact us now if you are facing such a ticket. An experienced Gastonia attorney can help you navigate this process and minimize the effects it can have on your driving record and insurance policy.
Lance Williams is an attorney at Minick Law, P.C. He manages the Gastonia and Mecklenburg offices. Attorney Williams focuses both on Criminal Defense and Personal Injury.