Wake County Traffic Ticket Lawyer
Experienced and Straightforward Legal Assistance to Resolve Your Ticket
There are several ways you can resolve your traffic ticket, depending on the outcome you’re looking for. An experienced traffic ticket lawyer can explore ways to reduce your ticket, argue for a dismissal, or otherwise help you circumvent the penalties if possible.
Attorney Lawrence J. Kissling III, PLLC has been practicing law for 33 years, and he focuses exclusively now on traffic tickets. Most tickets can be resolved quickly and efficiently, and Attorney Kissling will provide the straightforward answers you need to get out of your ticket and back in the driver’s seat.
Schedule a free initial consultation with Lawrence J. Kissling III, PLLC online to get started. Advocating for drivers in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, Holly Springs, and Fuquay-Varina.
How to Resolve Your Ticket
Traffic tickets can be issued for a range of driving-related offenses, such as speeding, failing to stop at a stop sign, running a red light, and tailgating. If you have received a traffic ticket, you can resolve the matter in a few different ways:
- Pay the ticket outside of court. For certain “waivable offenses” (below), you can choose to pay the ticket (which includes the fine and court costs). However, paying a ticket without going to court means you are pleading guilty to the charge, and you will incur all the penalties listed in the ticket. It will be more worthwhile to explore the below options instead.
- Ask the court for a reduction or dismissal. You and your attorney can go to trial to argue for a dismissal or reduction for less severe penalties. This is particularly useful for speeding tickets, as fines and insurance points are based on how much faster than the limit you were allegedly driving. So, if you could prove that you were driving not as fast as law enforcement claimed, you might be able to get a reduction of your ticket and incur fewer points on your driver’s license as well.
- Request a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC). This is harder to obtain, as only a judge can grant this to their discretion. However, if a judge does grant you a PJC, you will plead guilty to the ticket but will not receive the standard penalties of driver’s license points and insurance points.
Note that if you choose to pay your ticket without going to court, you “waive” your right to plead not guilty and contest your ticket. That is, you admit to the offense and will be treated as though you were declared guilty. Only some traffic violations are eligible to be waived (“waivable offenses”), including speeding violations and minor moving violations. Your ticket will also likely state whether your offense is waivable.
The best option for getting rid of a ticket without pleading guilty is to seek a reduction in court. To get a reduction, your attorney will go to court without you and negotiate a reduction with the district attorney to prevent your ticket from impacting your insurance or driving privilege. Most cases are resolved on their first court date.
Traffic tickets may be time-consuming, but they don’t have to be stressful. An experienced traffic ticket lawyer can guide you smoothly through the process from when you first receive your ticket to when it is resolved. Attorney Lawrence J. Kissling III, PLLC can represent your case for dismissal in court or argue for a reduction. You can count on him for honest, straight-to-the-point legal solutions.
Contact Lawrence J. Kissling III, PLLC for a free consultation to discuss your traffic ticket options.