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North Carolina Traffic Citations

In North Carolina a traffic violation will result in a citation, traffic ticket, or in the more severe cases a misdemeanor or felony criminal charge. There are a number of ways one can receive a traffic citation or be charged criminally for a traffic-related offense.

  • Speeding or driving too slowly
  • Careless and Reckless driving
  • Hit & Run (with or without property damage)
  • Unlawful vehicle modifications (like illegal tinting or muffler modifications)
  • Driving without insurance
  • Parking tickets
  • Parking in a handicap zone without proper authorization
  • Failing to use turn signals
  • Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign
  • Passing a stopped school bus
  • Driving without a seatbelt
  • Driving While Impaired or While Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs (DWI)
  • Illegal parking
  • Driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license (DWLR)
  • Missing or expired license plates or tags
  • Using Fictitious license plate, tags, or registration
  • Driving Without an Operators License (NOL)
  • Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle
  • Felony Death by Motor Vehicle

The majority of North Carolina traffic citations are considered infractions and require paying a fine. However, more serious crimes such as DWLR, Speeding greater than 70 mph, careless and reckless driving, DWI, or death by motor vehicle charges can require jail time, community service, and result in driver’s license revocations and dramatic increase in car insurance premiums.



Traffic citations can usually be met by one of two actions: pay the fine or fight the ticket. The quickest way to absolve the issue is to pay the fine. Paying the fine means you are pleading guilty or no contest to the traffic violation. However, by admitting guilt you may also be subject to additional penalties depending on your violation. You may have points added to your driving record, which could result in license suspension and higher car insurance premiums. Paying off a ticket – as officers routinely tell people they can do – without attempting to have the charges reduced is usually a bad decision. Choosing to fight the ticket or seeking to have the charges reduced will require you to go through specific legal proceedings and usually requires you to go to court. If you choose to contest the ticket, it is wise to hire an attorney to represent you. When facing more serious traffic charges like DWI or DWLR, a person should always consult an attorney.


North Carolina Traffic Citation Attorney

Hiring an attorney will usually give your case a better chance of a successful outcome. Your attorney will negotiate with the prosecuting attorney in an attempt to get your ticket dismissed or have the charges reduced. If an agreement is not reached, a trial date will be set when you will have to appear in court and argue your case in front of a judge or jury. Hiring an attorney to negotiate and handle your case is often a smarter choice as they are experienced in legal proceedings and will know how best deal with the facts of your particular case. Hiring an attorney also ensures that you will fully understand the consequences of your plea and that you will not be injured by unintended consequences of your decisions.

If you have received a North Carolina traffic citation contact Chad Brown Law right away. We are committed to representing each of our clients aggressively and using our extensive knowledge and experience to get the best outcome for your case.

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Wilkesboro, NC 28697

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