This is my first speeding ticket. im terrified. Will i go to jail? Does the certificate i gave to my attorney help reduce it?i have a clean criminal and driving record. The ticket code the officer charged me with is just for excessive speeding.
It's a class 2 misdemeanor. If you have no criminal record, you can't go to jail. It'd be best to get the charge reduced to something like 9 over or 14 over to reduce the insurance points and to avoid a suspension of your license. But on the facts above (where this is your first speeding ticket, and I'm assuming first criminal matter) you can't go to jail.
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You made a good decision in retaining a lawyer. Call him or her, that's what you paid for. I'm sure they'll be more than willing to explain the different options and reassure you.
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I would say your overall chances of going to jail are incredibly low. A lot of districts in NC differ in how strict they are with traffic violations, but unless you are a serious habitual offender or there are a lot of other aggravating factors, most cases like this will involve a fine and some sort of DMV/insurance points. I agree with Mr. Powers, your best option is to call your attorney, as they are the person most familiar with your case and will know the climate of that particular court.
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