Traffic Ticket Lawyer Raleigh

Although many believe that traffic violations are minor, this is not always true. Though it’s easy to assume a speeding ticket or seat belt violation will have little to no effect on your driving privileges, the truth is that North Carolina traffic laws can be surprisingly strict. For instance, most people don’t know that two convicted speeding tickets over 55 mph in one year could result in a suspended license! 

Read our FAQ for more information about fighting traffic tickets in Raleigh. 


What Is A Traffic Ticket?

A traffic ticket is a citation that notifies you were violating a traffic law. You usually receive traffic tickets when police officers pull you over for breaking the law. 

Is A Traffic Ticket a Misdemeanor?

A traffic ticket can include a misdemeanor, but not all traffic tickets are misdemeanors. To determine if your traffic ticket is a misdemeanor, look for the letters “CR” in your case number on your ticket. If you see the letters “IF” instead of “CR”, then your ticket is not a misdemeanor. 

How to Check If You Have Traffic Tickets Online?

Normally, you have to receive your ticket at the scene of the incident. You can check the current status of your case here. 

How Much Is A Traffic Ticket in North Carolina?

On average, traffic tickets range from $250 to $750 depending on the violation. 

What Happens If You Can’t Pay A Traffic Ticket?

If you cannot pay for your traffic ticket, you can lose your license.

How Long Does A Traffic Ticket Stay on Your Record?

A traffic ticket stays on your driving record forever. 

How to Fight A Traffic Ticket?

To fight a traffic ticket, you need to go to court. There, iunless your case is dismissed you may choose to have a trial or take a plea to resolve your case. If the circumstances are correct, you or your lawyer can request a Prayer For Judgment, which can prevent points on your driver’s license and sometimes avoid some financial penalties. Also, ask your attorney if you can attend driver’s school to see if you can fight your ticket that way. 

How to Pay A Traffic Ticket Online?

To pay a traffic ticket online, visit the Court Collections Case Lookup. However, note that you cannot pay some fees online. 

Is A Parking Ticket A Traffic Violation?

No, a parking ticket generally is not a traffic violation. Parking tickets fall under a separate category. However, one parking ticket that is a traffic violation is parking in a handicapped space without a valid permit. 

Is a Speeding Ticket a Traffic Violation?

Yes, North Carolina considers speeding tickets as traffic violations. 

What Happens If You Miss Court For a Traffic Ticket?

If court is mandatory for your case and you don’t show up, you can face a range of consequences from license suspension to an arrest warrant. You need to notify the court about your reason for absence. 

What Happens If You Don’t Pay a Traffic Ticket?

If you don’t pay your ticket after at least 40 days have passed, the state DMV will revoke your license. 

What Happens When My Traffic Ticket Is Sent to Collections?

Once your ticket goes to collections, you must settle the debt with the collections company. Try to pay the traffic ticket as soon as possible because collections debt can damage your credit score and stop you from accomplishing goals in your life. 

Why Hire Us For Your Traffic Infraction?

Legal consequences like this make our job so important. You need an attorney with a wealth of experience in traffic law – one who can help you fight your case in the most strategic, effective manner. Our attorneys understand the consequences. That’s why we fight tirelessly to get your charges reduced, dismissed or to obtain a Prayer for Judgement. 

Traffic Violations We Handle

The experienced attorneys at Manning Law Firm are poised to represent you for a variety of traffic infractions, including, but not limited to: 

  • Speeding 
  • Seatbelt violations
  • Car accidents 
  • Reckless Driving
  • Running a stop sign/red light 
  • Driving without a license 

We can also help you navigate any insurance disputes, CDL violations and more! Our years of experience in traffic law are how you know that you are getting an elite defense from a seasoned, tenacious attorney. Contact us today for the best possible outcome of your traffic infraction.

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Thomas C. Manning
The content on this page was reviewed by Manning Law Firm, PLLC partner Thomas C. Manning. You can learn more about Thomas's experience and expertise on his bio page.