Wake County Speeding Ticket Attorney
30+ Years of Experience to Resolve Your Speeding Ticket
Have you been issued a speeding ticket? Whether you have questions about how it can be challenged or reduced, Attorney Lawrence J. Kissling III can help.
He can assess your case and lay out several legal options you have for resolving your ticket, including arguing for a dismissal, requesting a Prayer for Judgement Continued, or simply paying off the ticket without going to court.
Whatever questions you have about your speeding ticket, reach out to Lawrence J. Kissling III, PLLC today.
Contact Lawrence J. Kissling III, PLLC for a free consultation to discuss your legal options. Representing drivers in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, Holly Springs, and Fuquay-Varina.
What Are the Penalties for Speeding?
Drivers who violate North Carolina’s basic speeding law and absolute speed limits may be issued a speeding ticket. The state’s basic speeding law requires that you always drive at a safe speed depending on the circumstances (e.g., not driving more than a reasonable 55 miles per hour when it’s snowing). Absolute speed limits delineate actual limits that drivers cannot violate, such as 70 mph on interstate highways.
Most speeding violations are penalized by a fine of $10-$50 (not including potential court costs), depending on how much faster you were allegedly speeding. Speeding in school or construction zones may lead to enhanced penalties of $250. You will also incur points on your driver’s license depending on how fast you were speeding:
- Speeding 10 mph or less – 2-3 license points, 1 insurance point
- Speeding in a school zone – 2-3 license points, 1-2 insurance points
- Speeding over 55 mph – 3 license points, 1-2 insurance points
- Speeding 75 mph when the posted speed limit is less than 70 mph – 3 license points, 1-3 insurance points
- Speeding 80 mph when the posted speed limit is 70 mph or more – 3 license points, 2 insurance points
Note that accumulating up to 12 points within 3 years will result in 60 days to 1 year of license suspension.
There are several ways you can get out of a speeding ticket. Whether you are looking for quick solutions to get back on the road or believe you have been unfairly ticketed, a speeding ticket lawyer can help you explore the following options:
- argue for a dismissal in court
- argue for a reduction of your ticket (e.g., you were speeding less than alleged, so your fine and points should be accordingly reduced);
- prove the use of “improper equipment” (e.g., a faulty speedometer) which will help you avoid penalties like driver’s license and insurance points, though this defense is only available to certain drivers.
You may be wondering whether you should just pay off the ticket and not bother with court. While this is sometimes an option to resolve the ticket quickly, this may not be the most efficient way to protect your driving record or insurance rates. Paying the speeding ticket means you plead guilty to the charges, so you will incur the penalties set forth (fines, driver’s license points, insurance points, etc.) without the option of reducing them. As a result, it is in your best interests as a driver to consult an experienced speeding ticket lawyer about your options and how to most efficiently resolve your speeding ticket while still preserving your driving privileges.
Speeding tickets hold longer-term consequences than you might think. Accumulating driver’s license points for such traffic violations could very well lead to a period of license suspension and greatly increased insurance rates. While it may seem like the quickest option to just pay your ticket, you actually have a bigger chance than you’d think of getting your ticket dismissed or at least reduced in court. Lawrence J. Kissling III, PLLC can take a more detailed look at your case and assess your options for getting your speeding ticket reduced.
Contact Lawrence J. Kissling III, PLLC today for a free initial consultation to learn more. Let’s get you out of your speeding ticket and back on the road.