Traffic Law, Tickets, and Violations

Charlotte’s Traffic Law Firm

At some point, most people face traffic charges. Avoiding license suspension, insurance rate increases, fines, and incarceration make obtaining Charlotte traffic attorneys worth your while. Qualified representation is more likely to produce positive results than dealing with charges yourself. The Law Offices of Estwanik & May, PLLC, can help with any of these traffic matters:

  • Alcohol-related violations
  • License issues and violations
  • Moving violations
  • Vehicle violations

North Carolina traffic laws

The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NC DMV) rates the severity of traffic violations through a point system and keeps track of points on individual driving records. Twelve points or more within a three-year period can result in license suspension.

Traffic violations basically fall into two categories: moving and non-moving violations. Examples of moving violations are speeding, reckless driving, following too closely, and other violations committed while driving. Examples of non-moving violations include illegal parking, failure to purchase insurance, and lack of vehicle license plates or registration.

Insurance companies have their own point system that correlates to the DMV point system and raise rates correspondingly.

Never pay a ticket without consulting an attorney first. When you receive a traffic citation, the Charlotte Traffic Court may allow you to waive court appearances by pleading guilty and paying the fine. However, you cannot waive court appearances for certain violations regardless of the plea. You always have the right to contest a traffic citation, and Charlotte traffic attorneys can negotiate with the District Attorney on your behalf or pursue a trial, if appropriate.

Traffic Tickets and Violations Attorneys

Eventually, most people who have gotten behind the wheel of a motor vehicle will face traffic charges. Most people understand it is beneficial to contact an attorney but they often address the charges themselves.

Qualified representation by a Charlotte criminal defense lawyer is more likely to produce positive results. The Law Offices of Estwanik & May, PLLC, can help with any of the including traffic matters:

  • Alcohol-related violations
  • License issues and violations
  • Moving violations
  • Vehicle violations

Drivers License Issues and Violations

Having a driver’s license is a privilege gained by passing tests and maintained by following the state’s rules of the road. Certain professions require specialized licenses to operate certain types of vehicles, such as large trucks. If you lose your driving privileges, your life changes dramatically. If you operate a vehicle without one, you face increasingly severe penalties.

The Law Offices of Estwanik & May, PLLC, is experienced with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles and the related laws that affect your license and insurance. Our Charlotte traffic lawyers can help with the following license issues:

  • DWLR/Driving While License Revoked
  • Suspended Driver’s License
  • NOL/No Operator’s License
  • CDL/Commercial Drivers’ License violations
  • Driver’s license restoration

Moving Violations

If your traffic violations are significant, or if this is not your first offense, representation in court by a qualified Charlotte traffic attorney can make a big difference and might even save your driver’s license.

The Law Offices of Estwanik & May, PLLC, knows North Carolina traffic laws and understands the court procedure for these charges. Our Charlotte criminal law attorneys can represent you in court for moving violations, including the following:

  • Speeding ticket
  • Reckless Driving
  • Speeding in a School Zone
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Improper Turn
  • Stop Sign Violation
  • Following Too Closely
  • Failure to Reduce Speed resulting in an Accident
  • Right Turn on Red
  • Failure to Stop at a Red Light
  • Illegal Passing
  • HOV Violations
  • Driving Left of Center
  • Seatbelt Violation

When to contest a moving violation

Speeding tickets often average $200 dollars in fines. The average person with several moving violations may be at risk for license suspension, which is a tremendous inconvenience and also costly from an insurance standpoint. However, if you are a commercial driver, a license suspension could mean losing your job because most employers do not hire commercial drivers with poor driving records.

Obtaining a Charlotte moving violations attorney to defend against a traffic citation is often the most affordable solution, especially for individuals with more than one violation or who face DWI charges.

Vehicle Violations

Just as you must follow the rules of the road when you get behind the wheel, you also have responsibilities concerning vehicle ownership and use. The Law Offices of Estwanik & May, PLLC, can assist you if you are charged with vehicle-related violations such as the following:

  • Registration Violations
  • License Plate Violations
  • Insurance Violations
  • High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Violations
  • Window Tint
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