Frequently Asked Questions
What counties do you cover?
We currently serve clients who have received tickets in 74 Counties across North Carolina: Alamance, Avery, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Cumberland, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Haywood, Henderson, Hoke, Hyde, Iredell, Jackson, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lincoln, Madison, Martin, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pender, Person, Pitt, Polk, Randolph, Robeson, Rockingham, Rowan, Rutherford, Sampson, Stanly, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Tyrrell, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, Watauga, Wilkes, Wilson, and Yadkin Counties. We are planning to expand to cover the entire state soon, so check back with us if we do not currently cover the county in which you received your citation. You can sign-up with our office no matter where you live.
What types of traffic tickets do you handle?
Our office handles all types of traffic citations - including Driving While Impaired (DWI) and Driving While License Revoked (DWLR). Our proprietary software and modern, innovative processes have allowed us to charge a fraction of the typical cost for legal defense for traffic matters. It wasn't many years ago that it would cost $300+ for representation for a low-level speeding ticket. With our firm, most every traffic ticket can be handled for just $99, but some cases require more time and oversight, meaning that we must charge more for our service, specifically with criminal matters where we are seeking to avoid criminal records, jail time, suspensions, etc. Some counties may be higher. While all cases are unique and this list cannot possibly be exhaustive, we do pride ourselves on seeking to be transparent and honest about our pricing:
- Accident matters in most every county cost $149 for representation.
- The cost of representation for most matters in Alamance, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Chatham, Davidson, Forsyth, Harnett, New Hanover, Randolph, Rockingham, and Union Counties is $119 and Cumberland is $139.
- Any criminal level high speed cases 25mph and over, careless and reckless driving cases, school zones, and any failure to appear (FTA) cases cost $199.
- Speeding 90mph + starts at $299.
- Speeds 30-34 mph over the limit are $499, 35-39 mph is $599, 40-44 mph is $699, 45-49 mph is $799, and 50 mph or more over the limit is $899.
- Additionally, obtaining our representation in a DWI case will cost a flat $1795.00 and a charge of DWLR will cost a flat $499.00.
If you have any questions about the cost of representation, please don't hesitate to reach out and we'd love to assist you.
How does the process work?
Once you have made the decision to retain our assistance, you can easily do so by Clicking Here. The sign-up process should only take a few minutes to complete. When we receive your new client sign-up, we swing into action - requesting your driving record from the DMV. After your record has been received, it is reviewed by our experienced attorneys to determine what they believe to be the best course of action. Following your authorization to proceed, we appear on your behalf and close the case as beneficially as we can. Finally, it is your responsibility to submit payment for court costs directly to the Court. We provide all the instructions you may need.
What makes your office unique?
We have taken numerous steps to incorporate technology into the process. This adds up to convenience and time saved for you. Other law firms may force you to send paperwork in through the mail or may even require you to come to their office to sign up. We understand that you are a busy person with a life to attend to. We make it easy to sign-up online for representation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We also embrace an entrepreneurial company culture. We encourage many of our associate attorneys to have their own legal practices, serving our communities in areas of practice beyond the scope of our firm.
How can I get in contact with my Attorney?
Our attorneys are available to clients during business hours. If you need to speak with your attorney, you should feel free to contact our office by phone during regular business hours or to contact your attorney specifically by email. Due to their demanding court schedule, in-person meetings with our attorneys are by appointment only.
Why are court costs not collected upfront?
We believe in honesty and transparency. Prior to the conclusion of your case, court costs can only be estimated. The costs and fines incurred can vary widely depending on the severity of your citation and previous driving history. Additionally, total court costs may be more expensive if your outcome is more beneficial. Some firms charge a flat fee for court costs and then may decide to pocket the difference if total costs are less. Our office is transparent throughout the process, meaning that you only pay exactly what is owed in court costs - not a dollar more.
How can I trust that you will appear for my case?
Our attorneys are held to the highest ethical standard, not only by the State Bar, but also by our own rigorous internal review process. We are rigorous when it comes to hiring and our reviews on Google speak for themselves. Finally, you can be comforted by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.*
How do you have so many reviews? Are they real?
Absolutely, they are real. We are grateful that our clients have had such a wonderful experience with our firm that they are willing to take the time out of their busy schedule to leave us a review. Positive word-of-mouth is very important in today's internet landscape. However, we want to be clear that, while we love to hear about our clients experiences and satisfaction, reviews are not intended as a guarantee that the same or similar results can be obtained in every matter undertaken by our attorneys; and you should not assume that a similar result can be obtained in a legal matter of interest to you. The outcome of a particular matter can depend on a variety of factors—including the specific factual and legal circumstances of your unique case. Specifically, outcomes in counties vary across North Carolina. We are extraordinarily proud of the reviews that we have, specifically the praise of our staff's customer service, attorney's professionalism, and the way in which our online system made it a pain-free process. That said, results described in our reviews are not a guarantee that the same type of outcome can be obtained in your case.
What is your 100% Satisfaction Guarantee?
If you are at all dissatisfied with the service we provided, for any reason whatsoever, contact us for a review of your case. If we can’t make matters right, we will offer you a full 100% refund on the cost of our representation. While we are happy to offer you a guarantee on the quality of our service, we cannot guarantee any outcome in your case. Furthermore, due to the complex nature of the cases, our satisfaction guarantee does not extend to criminal matters, including but not limited to high level speeds and Driving While Impaired.
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North Carolina Traffic Ticket Defense Questions
About North Carolina Traffic Tickets
How will my automobile insurance be affected if I am found guilty responsible in court?
In most cases, a conviction of a traffic violation may affect your automobile insurance rates and could have a severe impact (potentially increasing your rates by over $1,600 over 3 years). If you have questions about the insurance consequences of your charge, please give us a call and our attorneys will walk you through the legal and insurance outcomes and what can be done to mitigate the impact.
How will my driver’s license be affected if I am found guilty in court?
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (or the Division of Motor Vehicles in your home state if you are licensed elsewhere) may assess points against your license for the conviction. The accumulation of points (12 points in a 3 year period) may eventually result in the revocation of your license. Also, a conviction for certain offenses, such as driving while impaired, requires the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles to revoke the license. A speeding conviction over 80 mph would result in a suspension of your license. Two speeding convictions in a 6 month period would also result in a suspension of your license. Please give us a call to discuss the details of your case and see if there is a way to avoid such an outcome.
What should I do if I missed my court date?
Failing to appear on your court date results in an additional $200 fine, a suspension of your driving privilege, and a possible order for your arrest. If you’re worried that you missed your court date, please call our office immediately. Our firm regularly can assist clients with Failure to Appear matters. However, as you can imagine, all "FTA" matters are different and all county policies for being able to handle such matters are different. When speaking with our firm, it's very important to tell us all known information. Have you been suspended already? Is there a date in the future where the DMV will suspend your license? Some counties are more expeditious than others, but commonly it takes 3-4 weeks to successfully dispose of the matter in court. Depending upon your driving record and the status of your driving privilege, once the FTA is stricken, or the case is disposed, you should be eligible to seek reinstatement of your NC driving privilege through the NC DMV. The cost for reinstatement is usually $65 but may differ.
My license has been revoked. What can I do?
In certain circumstances, we may be able to obtain a limited driving privilege for you. This will allow you to drive under limited circumstances, such as commuting to and from work. Furthermore, if your license has been revoked because of failure to appear or failure to comply with matters from the past, please contact one of our attorneys immediately so that we can discuss the steps necessary to possibly obtain a reinstatement of your license.
What's a prayer for judgement or PJC?
A “Prayer for Judgment Continued” or PJC is an antiquated North Carolina law that can be a beneficial outcome for certain lower level citations. It means that although the person charged has pled guilty, the court does not enter a final judgment of conviction in the case. However, there are a number of offenses for which the court is prohibited from entering a PJC, and there are certain circumstances in which a PJC may be treated like a conviction, so you should consult our attorneys about your legal rights and options. PJCs are not available for out of state license holders or commercial driver's license holders. Our attorneys can walk you through what possible outcomes may be available in your case and which, if any, are better than using your PJC.
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