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What happens when you get a speeding ticket?

On Behalf of | Oct 13, 2023 | Firm News |

Speeding is such a common traffic violation that it’s become almost normalized. When you’re in a rush or trying to pass a slower car, it’s tempting to speed. However, after receiving a speeding ticket, you may realize it is more than just an inconvenience. Receiving a speeding ticket can be costly and have long-term consequences.

Speeding tickets could put a dent in your budget

Most speeding tickets in North Carolina can cost as little as $10 to $15. Other factors, such as where you were caught and how much faster you were over the speed limit, can affect the actual price of your speeding ticket.

Work and school zones are especially strict about speeding because of the risks to children and pedestrians. In these areas, the fine for speeding is $250, plus court costs and fees. Meanwhile, going 15 mph or more over the speed limit may result in a misdemeanor charge, punishable by jail time and loss of driving privileges.

In addition, your traffic violation may require you to appear in court, which could incur further costs. You may waive your court date by simply paying your traffic ticket. However, doing so would be an admission of guilt and acceptance of other penalties, so it is not always advisable.

Speeding tickets could add points to your license

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NC DMV) may add points to your driver’s license for certain types of speeding violations, such as going over 55 mph or speeding in a school zone. You may lose your license if you rack up too many points.

Can you just pay for the ticket?

If you wish to settle your speeding ticket quickly, you can simply pay the fine. However, it’s important to understand that paying is equivalent to admitting guilt and will add points to your driver’s license. If you have other violations, these points can accumulate, potentially leading to license suspension or an increase in your insurance premium.

Although paying a speeding ticket may seem straightforward, it’s crucial to understand the implications of your actions before doing anything. Paying for a traffic ticket is not always the best option. A lawyer who specializes in traffic violations may be able to steer you in the right direction.