Don’t Miss Your Traffic Court Date!
I see it ALL THE TIME…
Someone gets a traffic ticket, they slam it in the glove compartment with a, “I’ll deal with it that later,” attitude, but they totally forget about it.
The next thing they know they have lost their license, or are maybe in jail! How can this happen?
For some reason completely unknown to me people sometimes think that missing a court date for a traffic ticket isn’t a big deal… “it’s only a traffic ticket!” Clearly that sort of attitude will have negative consequences.
Yes, a traffic ticket isn’t like a first degree murder charge, I agree, but it can have a huge impact on your life. Even if it’s “just” speeding, here’s what you have to remember: A ticket is a summons to court, and failing to deal with court matters correctly can be costly at best, and missing your court date altogether can be disastrous.
Almost invariably, a fact that often complicates this sort of situation is when the person who missed their court date moved at some point in the process (shortly before or after)and failed to update their address with DMV. How does this make it uglier?
When you miss your court date, eventually DMV will get wind of it and they’ll send you a very helpful notice reminding you of the ticket and giving you a deadline to get it fixed before they revoke your licnese. When DMV sends their warning letter about the FTA and impending revocation, the person doesn’t get it because DMV doesn’t have the right address! I hear ya, but this is NOT the fault of DMV. Consequently, the missed court date just continues to escape the person’s mind and they are driving on a revoked license for who knows how long. Then they get pulled over again and BOOM! Driving While Licensed Revoked (DWLR) is a Class 2 Misdemeanor in North Carolina, and you can go to jail for it. In the business, we call this snowballing, because what starts out as an easy ticket to handle starts rolling down the hill and turns into a much bigger and more dangerous problem, just like the snowballs rolling downhill turn into snowboulders in cartoons.
In summary, in addition to costing you more money in court costs and fines, missing your court date can also revoke your license, can maybe get you in jail, AND the deeper that goes the higher the costs of fixing the entire mess! As attorneys we have to charge you more when we have to do more. What would have been a small-ish fee on a current ticket turns into $1000 or more because we have to do more work to dig you out of the mess you made.
Don’t let this happen to you! If you have an Orange County, Alamance County,or Chatham County ticket, and you don’t want to go to court (or forget to go to court!) find someone to help. Call me at 919-929-2992 or 888-929-5241 and I’ll be glad to help.
Don’t let a little problem turn into a big one. Call me now if you have a ticket!
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