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Challenging a speeding ticket in North Carolina

Drivers are not always aware that they may be driving faster than they should be on North Carolina roads. In some cases, drivers know they are speeding, but they feel justified if there is an emergency. In either case, chances are that we have all sped at least once. Police commonly pull over a driver for speeding because they hope this traffic stop will result in even more charges.

However, not all speeding drivers are driving without a license, or in possession of drugs or under the influence of alcohol. Many times, a driver is simply speeding. Still, the resulting fine and ticket can be, at the very least, frustrating and costly. Drivers in North Carolina may certainly benefit from challenging this kind of ticket in court.

Even though it may seem easier to simply pay a fine and move on, drivers with otherwise clean records will want to protect their driving record. Having a speeding ticket could mean that future infractions and violations are increased and compounded just because of one minor ticket. By challenging the ticket in the first place, drivers can reduce penalties and even have a charge dismissed.

Sometimes, all it takes is for a person to show up to court to fight the ticket. If the ticketing officer doesn't show up, which is not uncommon, a ticket will be dismissed. Additionally, if any errors were made on the ticket itself, evidence of a mistake may challenge an officer's credibility. For those with clean driving records, these are very simple ways to protect that reputation.

For drivers who may have previous violations on their record, it can certainly be a good idea to speak with an attorney who can help. Increased legal support can prevent further damage to a person's record and insurance premiums. Similarly, drivers who received a ticket in North Carolina but live elsewhere may want to contact an attorney who can challenge the charges for them in court.

Paying a ticket is an admission of guilt, and pleading guilty to a minor infraction simply because you think it is easier could come back to haunt you in the future. Challenging these minor tickets may seem unnecessary, but it can be very helpful in avoiding points on a driver's license. It can also save drivers thousands of dollars every year in insurance premiums.

Source: WSPA, "Why You May Not Want To Pay That Speeding Ticket Without A Fight," Diane Lee, July 27, 2012

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