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Old 06-28-2004, 04:49 PM
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Was heading to Morehead on Fri. Got carried away and got a speeding ticket in Smithfield, 74 in a 55. Can anyone recimmend a good attorney to help?? Any help is appreciated. Got to NW PLaces and boated one Dolphin and lost another at the boat. Good day on the water
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Old 06-28-2004, 05:16 PM
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If my past experience is any guide, you will shortly be receiving probably dozens of letters in the mail soliciting you to use the services, in court, of literally every trial lawyer who practices in the area.
You need only to choose the one with the lowest stated price for doing so.
Their methods are almost all the same.
Bargain for a guilty plea, but of a non-point crime, such as 'faulty equipment'.

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You don't need an attorney, just a day off from work. Believe me, as a sales rep covering four states I have more experience with this than I'd like. Just show up for your court date at the appropriate time. Have enough cash with you to cover the whole ticket just in case. Either prior to or shortly after the session the clerk or the asst DA will ask who is looking for help or a reduction. Volunteer at that time. You'll get your offense reduced in points and perhaps your fine as well. If the officer who gave you the ticket is not there then wait and plead not guilty. This is risky cause he could show up at any time. And lastly, I hope you were polite to the patrolman who gave you the ticket because he has to agree to the reduction in the offense. This works roughly the same in NC and SC. Heck, I've got so many two-pointers in South Carolina, I probably couldn't move there cause I'd lose my licence due to number of points.

That's another thing, if you ever get a ticket in SC go yourself and get it reduced. They don't send up the 2 pointers (4 points before the reduction) up to NC so it never gets on your record and therefore the insurance companies don't pick it up either

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A lot of those lawyers for traffic tickets are cheaper than taking a day off. The voice of experience here... For less money would you rather be at work or, sitting in a courtroom for hours waiting to stand in front of the black robe??? ;?
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Yes, use an attorney that solicites you. For one low fee my lawyer got my trial date delayed twice and I guess the officer didn't show the last time and speeding ticket and expired inspection was thrown out. In the past I always went to court but never got much sympathy (didn't act remorseful enough I guess). From now on I will leave it to the pro's. The attorneys and DA's are are buddies anyway, aren't they?
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A lot of those lawyers for traffic tickets are cheaper than taking a day off. The voice of experience here... For less money would you rather be at work or, sitting in a courtroom for hours waiting to stand in front of the black robe???
Exactly...I dont particulary enjoy sitting & waiting for hours, listening to the sad tales of woe, sitting there in the company of people whom for the most part I would never willingly be near...father-rapers & mother-stabbers...

I'm not what you would call timid, nor do I shy away from people just 'cause they look funny'...
But a LOT of the people you see in courtrooms are just damned scummy...

And the two times I tried to go there in person and talk my way out of the ticket, I ended up being there almost all day.

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Larry,
If your record is clean, ask for a "Prayer for Judgement". The charge/s gets put on ice unless you get another ticket, then the new one as well as the one that has ben iced comes back to haunt you. That is the easy way out.
You could also have your spedo calibrated and hope it is off just a little bit. With the calibration results, most DA's will allow you to plead "Responsible to Improper Equipment" which is a good plea.
Your only hurdle is being written for 19 mph over the speed limit. 15 - 14 over would be easier to work with.
Remember this old Law Enforcement motto, "9 you're fine, 10 you're mine"!

Good luck to ya!
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If you have not has a ticket in three years, contact the DA or Assistant DA and tell them you want to plead guilty for 64 in a 55. You will not get any points, but will have to pay the fine and cost of court. If you get another ticket within the next three years, they will go back and pick this one up.

It depends on what your time is worth as far as doing this yourself or getting lawyer to do it for you. The average rate for this type of ticket is $200 to $300.
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I agree with HOTSPOT. If your record is clean, contact the DA's office and see what you can do. NC allows for one no-point citation, provided recent record is clean. They will change offense to improper equipment, you pay a small fine, plus add-ons, jail fees, kickbacks, etc. You will probably have to show up in person and bring exact change (cash only).

Brief aside: Ever wonder how potentially corrupting all that cash laying around must be? In Caldwell County, they literally have a desk drawer full of cash, with folks lined up to add more. They just throw it in. Considering how screwed up the paperwork must be, I see not way to properly account for it all. Kind of makes ya wonder. They ought to be made to use credit cards ONLY or some other form of money that has a paper trail.

If record is clean, above is the way to go.

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You will get many offers from Lawyers. When you do, ask them if they can get a plea of Improper Equipment in Smithfield. It is possible in many counties in NC and in many ways is much better than Prayer for Judgement.

If you get another ticket within 3 years of the PJC, BOTH go on your record. Improper Equipment doesn't.

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here in MA its a lot different. the judge has the final say, the officer can't disagree, or else nobody would ever get off. all you need is a well written afadavid(possibly with a lawyers assistance) and a good story. it helps when the officer doesnt show up...lol.
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"Boy, you better watch yo step in that part of Nawth Car-lina"....

Remember that old VW commercial???



Seriously... the area around Smithfield (Johnston County) is growing so fast and there have been many fatalities in the I-95/I-40 area....been seeing plenty of law enforcement (even sheriff deputies!) out looking for speeders....!
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Larry,
I've gotten two tickets in Trenton on highway 70 where it changes from 70 to 55. It's a regular speed trap. Called directory assistance and had them give me the first listing under attorneys. Both times he got it reduced to improper equipment. This has no points and no risk of points kicking in like a PJC if you get another ticket. Good luck!
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I've never had to wait in court more than one and a half hours. So far it's usually been much faster. Since I travel anyway and have a great deal of flexibility in my schedule guess it is easier for me than many of you to schedule the time that far in advance. I guess if you're a business owner or high paid professional it may make more sense to hire the lawyer. Me....I don't like to waste my money that way. I'd much rather spend it on lures, rods and reels .

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Here's a counter-point, to representing yourself.

Maybe 12 years ago, I received a ticket in Lee County, driving down to play golf.
This was my second >15mph (do they ever ticket for anything less??) in a year.
For the first ticket, I used a lawyer....

But back then I didn't have a lot of money, and had good friends assure me,
"Oh, just represent yourself." "Talk to the DA before court." Made sense to me...

So I took a day off, drove down to Lee County Courthouse, walked into the courtroom,
and guess what: there was a harrassed looking man sitting down, that appeared to be
the DA. And guess what else? Before him was a line of people 20 deep, and that
line was barely moving because he was mostly taking time to talk to people in
suits -- other attorneys -- that were NOT waiting in line.

I managed to reach him 3 seconds before "All rise!...". I babbled something about
wanting to plead guilty to lesser charge, and he looked at me kindly, and said, "Sir?
Don't worry -- the judge will explain all that -- please take your seat."

OK.

I took my seat. A few minutes later, names were read, and the defendants plead
either "not guilty" or "guilty" and some plead "guilty with an explanation." Well, what the f*ck.
There certainly was none of this, "Guilty of 64 in a 55 your Honor, or "Guilty of Improper Equipment."

I choose "Guilty with an explanation". Seemed reasonable. At 2:30 pm, after seeing the dregs of
society appear, it was my turn. The judge rattled something off that sounded good to me, banged
his gavel, gave me a fine and told me to pay the clerks, before leaving. I didn't have a chance to speak a word. Great!!

Outside the courtroom, as I was getting ready to pay the fine, I asked the woman -- one of the
clerks, I guess -- "Wow! This is it?" She said, "Yes sir...And you'll be contacted within 30 days
by the Sheriff's office, for your drivers license."

%*#!!!()$)!!!

WAIT! Back into the courtroom.

Managed to grab the DA (again) during a recess, and frantically explained that I hadn't known my *license* would be revoked for 72 in a 55....He told me to take a seat, and towards the end of a very
long and unpleasant day, chatted with the judge and I was given a continuance, on the condition that
I obtain a lawyer.

Which I did.

Some other thoughts.

I've heard (don't ask how I know) that the DA in Craven County, for example, won't accept an "improper equipment" charge without a speedometer calibration test....But y'all knew that, right?

Using a "Prayer for Judgement, " if your driving record is otherwise clean, is moronic.

However. Glad to hear the dolphin are biting at the nearer reefs. Hope to be down there myself
in two weeks.


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One of my co-workers has the same delimma. She told me that if you have AAA, they will refund you for up to $150 for expenses if you have a gold AAA, a little less for standard.
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Can someone please describe the prayer for jugement plea in north carolina. I have to go to court in dare county in august requarding alcohol. Not a dui or dwi, but still have to get a lawyer.
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