You got the talkin' done
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Alaska, WI
Location: Alaska, WI
Sportbike: 2016 Honda Africa Twin & 1979 Honda CB750F
Years Riding: long enough to have fallen off a few times - glad I wear a helmet!
How you found us: Loose Lips Sink Ships, Loose Wires Cause Fires
How I resolved my NC ticket.
I was given a speeding ticket along with a group of riders in NC back in July. All of us were given a ticket for 75 in a 55.
I will give you the lesson up front: Don't wait until the last minute and make sure you research the county that you recieved the ticket in on-line.
First I called an attorney. After talking to him, I could not justify paying him to handle a 20 MPH over ticket. So, I called the county thinking I could talk to the procescuter myself, but the voice recording said they would not discuss traffic cases on the phone and that I would have to come to court. That, unfortunately, was not an option. Thinking there was nothing I could do, I signed the ticket as guilty and sent in my $150 payment. I could not read the address on the ticket and I was worried it would not make it there on time, so I started to research the county I was given the ticket in on-line.
While looking through the county site, I was able to find the name of the judge who was assigned my case. After that, I found out that I could request a continuance on-line and I could request something called a PJC (prayer for judgement continued) which, if granted, would avoid a conviction and keep the ticket off my record.
The judge listed his e-mail address. I sent him an e-mail and explained my situation and told him I had already sent in the ticket marked guilty. I explained the circumstances of the traffic stop and told him that if I lived anywhere near his county I would be in his court pleading not guilty and so on (I have been going to NC for a week for 14 years and I have never recieved a ticket). I asked him if it was too late to file for the continuance and the PJC.
He replied that I could request the continuance and I would not be required to appear in court. As for the PJC, he instructed me to send my Driving Record (Abstract) to him for his review. As far as the payment and signed ticket went, he said he would ask the clerk to watch for it and hold it for his review. There we no guarantees. Hopefully they would catch it in time before it went to Raliegh. I thanked him in advance for his efforts, but acknowledged that if they did not catch it that I understood it was too bad for me and that I should have started this process 3 weeks ago. He also told me that if I was granted the PJC I would be due a partial refund of my payment because the court costs would be lower. I told him it would be acceptable to me, that if I was granted the PJC, to have the court costs adjusted to eliminate any refund I was due. He said he would do that unless it caused a clerical issue.
I went to the DMV and paid $12 to get my abstract, I scanned it into a PDF and I e-mailed it to him.
I was granted the continuance and a few days later they were able to hold my ticket and payment. The judge then reviewed my record and granted me the PJC.
I don't know if I will get a refund, but I don't really care. No conviction, no ticket on my record and no attorney fees.
If you ain't with us, then it's just bad news.
Last edited by jrock; 10-03-2008 at 02:08 PM.