The Infraction Is For Willingly Operating A Motor Vehicle On A Street Or Highway Failing To Carry A Valid Driver's License. I Do However Have A Valid Driver's License Just Didn't Have Them On The Day. I Went To Court And Asked For A Continuance And Signed A Paper Saying That I was Hiring A Lawyer And That I Waived My Right To A Court Appointed Lawyer. Is This Customary In Such A Case? Am I Facing Jail Time At All?
You will not face jail time. The main impact will be on your driver's license and on your insurance rates.
First, regarding the license charge: so far as I know every single county will dismiss that charge so long as you provide proof that you had a valid license at the time of the citation. That "proof" is typically a copy of your driving record from the DMV. I haven't had a case in Robeson County itself, but Cumberland and the neighboring counties will all dismiss that charge.
As for the speeding, North Carolina has two separate point systems for traffic tickets. One set is for driver's license points and the other is the Safe Driver Incentive Program (insurance points). Each traffic offense carries certain point totals with it. If you have 12 license points in a 3-year period, your license will be suspended; in the other system, each 1 insurance point in a 3-year period brings a roughly 25% increase in your insurance premiums when your policy renews.
I've included a link below to a pair of tables containing the different point totals for traffic offenses, as well as links to the applicable state statutes and a brochure on the SDIP program.
You'll want an attorney (ideally in Robeson County) to help you reduce the number of points you are assessed. The best way to do that will depend largely on your driving history and if you've had any other tickets in the past 3 years -- in most cases the attorney will try to get what is called a "non-moving" violation (such as an Improper Equipment plea) because non-moving violations automatically carry 0 license points and 0 insurance points. Sometimes it is better to try and have the ticket reduced to 5- or 9-mph over the speed limit, as the SDIP program permits one "freebie" speeding ticket every 3 years if it's the only citation on your record, wasn't in a school zone, and is for under 10-mph over.
Contact a traffic or criminal defense attorney soon, and they'll be able to help guide you the rest of the way.
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If you produce your driver's license at court, and you demonstrate that it was valid at the time of the stop, that portion of the citation will be dismissed. Speeding 72 in a 55 is a criminal offense and has the potential to put you in jail, but it isn't likely. The real danger is that if you are convicted (or plead guilty) to going 72/55, you will automatically lose your license. You should hire an attorney and let them handle the situation. In most cases, you will not even have to go to court.
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Depending on your prior record, you are facing jail time for speeding. However, you are likely to get a deal from the District Attorney's Office that will mitigate the consequences.
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