In North Carolina in 2018, more than 889,400 traffic citations were issued. Approximately 152,700 of these were warning tickets, but more than 736,700 citations required some type of action by the receiver of the ticket.
This action did not always take place. Some people lost their tickets, others forgot their court dates, or simply ignored the ticket because they did not have the funds to pay it. Unfortunately, these tickets did not disappear. If you have outstanding unpaid tickets and need help cleaning them up, here are a few steps you can take.
- Determine Where Your Tickets Are
In order to take care of any outstanding tickets you may have; it is important to know exactly what they were issued for and what county they were issued in. One of the easiest ways to obtain this information is to pull a copy of your driving record.
Resisting arrest is a serious charge, but if your first instinct is to flee the scene of a crime, you’re not the only one — even if you are innocent. Unfortunately, even a person who was innocent of a crime can be found guilty for resisting arrest.
In truth, resisting or avoiding arrest only makes the situation worse for you. Even if you didn’t realize you were resisting arrest at the time it happened, you could face serious charges that leave you facing very real consequences.
What Is Resisting Arrest?
Many people don’t realize there are several ways to resist arrest, both physical and nonphysical.
Traffic tickets may trigger a license suspension, monetary fines, and even trigger a hike in auto insurance premiums. The more tickets you get, the harsher the consequences will be. Take the following measures to reduce your risk of traffic tickets.
Speeding is a common way to get traffic tickets, so don’t speed. Here are a few tips to avoid speeding:
- Use cruise control so that you don’t speed unconsciously.
- Leave early so that you don’t have to rush once you are on the road.
- Pay attention to the speedometer if you don’t use cruise control.
- Know the speed limits so that you don’t break them.
- Learn to drive at a speed slightly lower than the posted speed limit.
You will have more success if you avoid speeding than if you speed and try to avoid getting caught.
Often, people associate DUI and DWI offenses strictly with alcohol consumption. However, a DWI can occur for reasons that have nothing to do with alcohol. The I in DWI stands for impaired, which can mean various things. Here is what you need to know about DWIs that don’t involve alcohol.
What Is DUI and DWI?
DUI means driving under the influence. DWI stands for either driving while intoxicated or driving while impaired. You will often see these terms used interchangeably, and in modern parlance, there really is no difference between the two.
While many people think that driving is a right, it is actually a privilege that you can lose via suspension or revocation. As a driver, educate yourself on how you can lose your driving license and what you can do to get it back.
Why You May Lose Your Driving License
Certain offenses, driving or otherwise, may cause you to lose your driving privilege when the government suspends or revokes your driving license. Note that revocation will cause you to go without your license for a longer period than a suspension. Below are some of the typical reasons for license suspension or revocation.
Revenge porn is a serious issue many states are beginning to tackle. In recent years, multiple states have started to pass laws regarding revenge porn, and in North Carolina, revenge porn is a criminal act.
Not sure what revenge porn is? You are not alone. An example of revenge porn might be if a couple opts to take photos with sexual content when they are dating or married. If the couple breaks up and one partner decides to post photos of the other partner on the web — without their consent — he or she is committing a crime.
Have you been accused of distributing revenge porn? Are you thinking about suing somebody for revenge porn? Read on to learn more about the road ahead of you.
Having any sort of criminal record can create a stain that impacts your job opportunities. A conviction for any kind of crime is serious, but a Driving While Impaired (DWI) conviction can impact your life in ways you may not expect.
Are you worried about your employment prospects after you were convicted of a DWI? Read on to learn more about your legal options.
Do You Have to Report DWI Convictions to Employers?
If you have a potential employer asking if you have been convicted of any crimes, you should answer honestly. According to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, an employer must provide a compelling business-related reason not to employ somebody based on a previous conviction.
Still, employers have the right to ask about prior criminal convictions, and it is likely they will learn the truth via public records unless your case was expunged or sealed.
Probation is a better outcome than an outright prison sentence. However, any slight infraction could potentially complicate your case. The consequences of violating probation in North Carolina will largely depend on the nature of the violation and other contextual circumstances. If you or your loved one has violated probation, read on to find out what to expect.
Conditions of Probation
According to North Carolina statutes, a court may impose a host of conditions upon issuing a probation sentence. The nature of the conditions will vary depending on the seriousness of the crime that warranted probation in the first place.
No one wants to see blue lights flashing in their rearview mirror, especially when you are issued a summons for one or more traffic violations. Depending on the charge, you may be tempted to handle it yourself, but you may be much better off hiring a traffic defense attorney.
While the cost of the ticket will be shown on your citation, traffic charges involve numerous other costs and risks. Here are a few reasons your defense attorney will be well worth the cost.