I got a speeding ticket in rowan county going 96 mph in a 65 mph, I wanted to plee not guilty because the car I was driving at the time could not do 96 mph if I tried because the car would shake going over 60 mph. But according to my court appointed lawyer I had to plee guilty to my speeding ticket in 2014. I have been unable to make payment in time and I believe I have a warrant for my arrest. I have heard people tell me to surrender myself to the sheriff department, someone also told me to just go pay my fines at the court house. This is my first traffic ticket and also my first time having a warrant for my arrest. I just really want to know a experts opinion on this matter because I have the money to pay for the court fines in full now.
Here’s why you DON’T want to just go pay it off: if you do, you’re pleading guilty to speeding 31 mph over the limit (getting you a 1-year license suspension) PLUS paying court costs, fines and a $200.00 failure to appear penalty on top of all that. Sound like a good deal? Didn’t think so. You need a lawyer to help you with this ASAP. I believe Ted Blanton’s law office is in Salusbury- call him today for help and I wish good luck to you. .
Based on the information you provided, it sounds like you plead guilty to 96/65 in 2014 and your sentence was a fine/court costs, but you never paid. You need to call the Rowan county clerk of court(criminal/traffic) and find out the exact amount you owe (with late fees...etc) and your case number. I would also verify that you only owe a fine and were not required to do community service or a driving school. Then mail payment via cashiers check/money order and make sure you include the case number in the memo line. I would also include a self addressed stamped envelope to have them return the receipt. If the only issue is payment of the fine, once it is received, the order for arrest will be removed. If you were required to complete community service or driving school, you will need to either hire an attorney to strike the order for arrest or turn yourself in to the sheriff so you can get a new court date, paying the fine would not remove the order for arrest if there were other requirements of your sentence. Additionally, you need to call the DMV as your license should be suspended for not paying the ticket. Unfortunately, it’s going to be suspended again for likely a year because of the speed once you pay. You will probably need to pay the ticket to remove the suspension for nonpayment, then take the receipt to your dmv and pay the dmv reinstatement fee in order to be eligible for a dmv hearing or limited driving privilege once the speed suspension hits. I would highly recommend hiring an attorney for the dmv hearing or to get you a limited driving privilege as it’s a little complicated.
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