Do I need an Attorney for Traffic Court?

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The need to have an attorney for traffic court in North Carolina varies

If the charged offense is a minor infraction then I often tell prospective clients that they do not need an attorney. These minor traffic offenses may include offenses such as expired tags or inspection violations, but in cases where you are likely to be facing increased insurance premiums the assistance of an attorney may be more crucial.

Do I need an attorney for traffic court?

Most likely only you can answer this question.

You MAY NEED an attorney for traffic court if:

  • You are unable to appear in court;
  • You have points on your license that will increase your insurance;
  • You may lose your driver’s license as a result of a moving violation conviction;
  • You are not sure if you should plead or not;
  • You have been charged with any of the following:  DUI / DWI Impaired Driving; Reckless Driving or Speeding in excess of 90 miles per hour; Hit and Run; Habitual traffic offenses; You have outstanding warrants for your arrest.
  • You do not want to have to mail to the Court payments for the cost of Court.

If you decide to accept a plea then often an attorney can ensure you get the best reduction possible to minimize the chances that your insurance premium will be increased.

Most traffic law attorneys will consult with you for free

Usually there is no cost for the initial consult with a traffic ticket defense attorney therefore you should consult prior to attempting to handle your case on your own.

You MAY NOT need an attorney for traffic court if:

  • You are capable of appearing on your court date;
  • You willing to plan and prepare for Court;
  • You have never been convicted of a traffic ticket or moving violation before;
  • You have a good understanding of how a moving violation may affect your car insurance;
  • You would be comfortable in speaking with the prosecutor directly and do not have fear of public speaking.


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Jon Welborn

Jon is an experienced trial attorney with over 10 years litigating a variety of cases in all NC Trial Courts. Be sure to visit us at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram


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