A FL officer cited me for "too fast for conditions" and listed my speed vs. the limit (20mph over), but did not tick the box for unlawful speed. If I take the FL driving school to receive an adjudication withheld, how will this be treated when it is reported to NC? My principal concerns are a) the speeding was enough that it could result in a license suspension in NC, and b) insurance points. Will adjudication withheld avoid either of these, or will the NC DMV still impose one/both?
Technical answer (sorry) . No way to know without knowing how FLHSMV enters the conviction and which code is chosen to designate your conviction. It could come back to NC as 1. speeding 20 mph over the posted limit ; or 2. as too fast for conditions / exceeding a safe speed, or 3 transmitted without a code meaning treatment as the functional equivalent of a PJC by NC. My best guess is that it will be reported as either option 2 or 3 but I'm guessing, and not psychic.
There is no set time for one state to transfer conviction info to another state. No statute of limitations, either. Best you can do is make sure your license accurately reflects your current address - in the event it comes back as speeding 20 over, you will get a letter from NCDMV informing you of a pending suspension and giving you a tiny window of time to request a hearing. Please do so and have a lawyer represent you. Good luck with this.
My colleague hits on some good points. If the adjudication withheld acts like a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) then it may neither go to DMV nor be reflected in insurance points. I think you may have a strong argument If it does go to DMV and/or gain insurance points, which you could then hire an attorney to help you make the legal argument against either or both.
Honestly, I was waiting to observe some responses from my colleagues on this, as I was curious myself. I grew up in Florida, and am familiar with their adjudication withheld upon completion of a driver safety course. It is very similar to the Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) we have in North Carolina. As you can see, there is no clear answer here, but if you do end up accepting the adjudication withheld in Florida, and you learn you're getting insurance and or DMV points here in North Carolina, I would recommend contacting the NC DMV and explaining the adjudication withheld in Florida, as it is very similar to a PJC here.
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