What should you do if you get a traffic citation in North Carolina.
Never pay the monetary fine on the bottom of your citation if you get pulled over. If you pay the fine, you are admitting guilt to the charge, which in return, will often cause driver license points and an increase in your insurance rates. To handle these, either appear in court or hire an attorney.
1. Consider hiring a local attorney.In each county, there are local attorney who handle traffic matters. For minor traffic citations, you may not be given an opportunity for a public defender or a court appointed attorney. The only way is to retain private counsel or represent yourself.
2. Appear in court on the court date provided.In most counties, if you hire private counsel, your attorney will appear in court for you without the need for you to appear. However, if you do not hire an attorney, always make sure to appear in court on the court date provided. If you miss your court date, your license could be in danger of being suspended and monetary court fines will be issued.
3. Court costs and fees.Once your citation is reduced or taken care of, there will likely be court fees unless your case is dismissed. The Court will usually provide a specific amount of time for you to pay the fine. It is important that you pay the court costs or your license will likely be suspended until the court fines are paid.