Sampson County Traffic Attorney
Committed To Defending Clients’ Rights
Whether you got a ticket for speeding, running a red light, texting while driving or some other traffic violation, paying the fine is not your only option for resolving the matter. You have the right to contest the citation, and you have the right to do so with the help of an attorney. A skilled lawyer can assist in building your defense, negotiating with the prosecutor and presenting your case in front of a judge. They can even appear in court on your behalf, which means you would not have to take time out of your busy schedule to challenge your ticket.
At Cotten Law Firm, we are ready to take care of the legal details for you. Whatever violation you have been accused of, our Sampson County traffic ticket attorney will aggressively fight for you. Our personalized approach begins with a complete evaluation of your case. We’ll get to know you and ask direct questions about what happened. Then, we’ll investigate to understand the situation fully. The legal strategy we develop will be tailored for you.
What Does It Mean To Contest A Ticket?
Contesting a ticket means that you will not simply pay the fine. Instead, you are going to challenge the allegations. Various defenses can be raised to fight speeding tickets and other citations, such as an emergency or mistaken identity.
A couple of options exist for fighting your traffic ticket. First, you can negotiate with the prosecutor to seek a reduction or dismissal. Second, you can appear in court and present your case to a judge. In either situation, you must build your arguments, supporting your claims. You must also follow court procedures and rules.
Crafting a compelling defense takes time, as you must investigate and gather evidence. Speaking with a prosecutor and going to court is also time-consuming. If you have a lot on your plate, taking care of all the necessary tasks can be overwhelming, especially if you are not entirely familiar with the justice system.
Rather than trying to handle it all by yourself, reach out to Cotten Law Firm. Our Sampson County traffic ticket lawyer, Jeremy Cotten, will work one-on-one with you every step of the way. We’ll explain the legal process and the possible outcomes. We’ll also let you know what defenses can be raised to challenge your citation.
Our team provides counsel for various traffic violations, including, but not limited to:
- Speeding (G.S. 20-141)
- Speeding in a school zone (G.S. 20-141.1)
- Driving without a license (G.S. 20-7)
- Texting while driving (G.S. 20-137.4A)
- Failure to yield right of way (G.S. 20-155)
- Careless and reckless driving (G.S. 20-140)
- Aggressive driving (G.S. 20-141.6)
- Passing a stopped school bus (G.S. 20-217)
Isn’t It Easier To Pay The Fine?
With options to send payment online, through the mail, or in person, it’s easy to pay your traffic ticket. But easier does not always mean better.
By paying your traffic ticket, you’re admitting guilt. That means you will be convicted of the offense and subject to sanctions like points on your driving record or an increased insurance premium.
Additionally, some traffic violations cannot be resolved by paying the fine. You are required to appear in court.
Whether you are considering paying the fine or must make a personal court appearance, speak with our traffic ticket lawyer in Sampson County before deciding how to proceed. We can provide advice and answer your questions about your case. We’ll let you know what avenues are available and the courses we can pursue to seek an optimal outcome.
We represent the people of:
- Newton Grove
What Happens To My Driver’s License After A Traffic Violation?
Depending on what offense you have been accused of, if you are convicted of a traffic violation, points will be assessed to your driver’s license. Getting 12 points within 3 years will result in the DMV suspending your driving privileges.
The number of points added to your record is tied to the offense. Below are a few examples:
- 5 points for aggressive driving
- 4 points for illegal passing
- 3 points for failure to yield right of way
- 2 points for other moving violations
A first-time suspension lasts for 60 days. Second and third suspensions are for 6 and 12 months, respectively.
As you can imagine, not being allowed to legally drive can make it difficult to take care of your day-to-day responsibilities. Our team can work vigorously toward helping you avoid the loss of driving privileges.
Will A North Carolina Ticket Cause My Insurance Rates To Go Up?
An increased insurance premium is one of the other consequences of a traffic violation conviction. Your rates will rise by the percentage associated with the offense.
The NC Department of Insurance provides that rates can go up as follows:
- 1 point: 30% increase
- 2 points: 45% increase
- 4 points: 80% increase
- 8 points: 195% increase
- 10 points: 260% increase
- 12 points: 340% increase
Allow us to help seek a favorable outcome, such as a dismissal or reduction in charges, which could prevent your insurance premiums from rising.
Where Can I Get Help Fighting My North Carolina Ticket?
Turn to Cotten Law Firm Firm for assistance challenging your citation. Throughout our years in practice, we have handled thousands of traffic tickets and criminal cases. We know what it takes to fight accusations, and we are ready to negotiate with the prosecutor or present your case in court if necessary.
101 E. Main St.
Clinton, NC 28328
Monday through Friday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm