Getting a traffic ticket can be frustrating, and if it is your first one, it can be confusing. It is important that you make sure you handle it properly to avoid further legal issues.
The North Carolina Judicial Branch explains that you may have to go to court for your traffic ticket. It is also possible that you could require a dismissal.
One option you have if you think you received the ticket unfairly is to ask the District Attorney to dismiss the case. He or she does not have to do this, but may if there is a lack of evidence against you or you show you have corrected the issue for which you received the citation.
Follow your case
If you are going to fight your ticket, then you need to follow what is happening in your case so that you show up to court at the right time for your hearing. You can track your case through the terminals at the clerk of court’s office.
Going to court
If you will go to court, you will go to the district court or traffic court. You may have to wait around on the day of court for a while because the court will hear multiple cases each day. How long you wait depends on the date you got your ticket and the date at which the court is beginning that day. You can hire an attorney to assist you.
Your case will usually not go to trial as settlements are common. However, you can request a trial if you feel it is essential in your case.