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Traffic Infractions Attorney Serving Waynesville, Asheville And Sylva

It’s just a citation. Shouldn’t I just pay it and be done with it?” — NO! Don’t do it!


It’s not just a speeding ticket. It can follow you on your insurance and you can wind up paying hundreds more for years if you do not have an experienced attorney to protect you and look out for your best interests.

There are two point systems in North Carolina: one maintained by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and one for insurance. If you receive 12 points, you can lose your license and certain convictions or please of responsible can result in increases to your insurance. Please see our charts below.

Insurance Points Percent Increase (Up To) Average Increase (Up To)
1 30% $390
2 45% $435
3 60% $480
4 80% $540
5 110% $630
6 135% $705
7 165% $795
8 195% $885
9 225% $975
10 260% $1,080


It is easy to see that even just one point on your insurance can prove costly and those points (depending on your insurance provider) typically stay on your policy for THREE YEARS or more.

Convictions That Can Result In Increased Insurance Rates

Insurance Points Charge Or Conviction
12 Manslaughter or negligent homicide; highway racing; hit-and-run resulting in death or injury; DWI with BAC of .08 or more; DWI; DWI of commercial vehicle
10 Speeding to elude arrest
8 Driving while license revoked or suspended
4 Reckless driving; hit-and-run with only property damage; passing a stopped school bus; speeding in excess of 75 mph in a 70 mph zone; Driving after consuming under the age of 21
3 At-fault accident resulting in property damage of $3,000 or more
2 Illegal passing; following too closely; driving on wrong side of road; speeding more than 10 mph over the speed limit when less than 76 mph
1 All other moving violations

North Carolina Driver’s License Point System

Insurance Points Charge Or Conviction
0 Improper equipment; seat belt violation; registration inspection
1 Littering
2 Failure to restrain child in seat belt or device; all other moving violations not covered below
3 Speed in excess of 55 mph; failure to yield to emergency vehicle; no liability insurance; speeding in school zone; running a stop sign or red light; no operator’s license or expired more than one year; failure to report accident when report required
4 Following too closely; hit and run (property damage)
5 Passing a stopped school bus


Experienced And Proven Asheville Speeding Ticket Lawyer

Attorney Joshua D. Nielsen has handled thousands of traffic tickets and is proud to serve clients in Buncombe, Haywood, Jackson, Swain and Macon counties for the following offenses:

  • Speeding tickets
  • Reckless driving and reckless endangerment
  • Hit-and-run violations
  • Commercial driver’s license (CDL) — lane violations
  • Seat belt violations
  • Racing violations
  • Driver’s license violations
  • Stop sign and stop light violations
  • School bus violations
  • Driving with a revoked or suspended license (DWLR)
  • Registration, inspection and insurance violations
  • No operator’s license
  • School zone violations
  • Failure to move over for an emergency vehicle
  • Work zone violations
  • Any other traffic or any other related moving violation

What Is A PJC?

A prayer for judgment continued, or PJC as it is known in North Carolina, is a valuable tool for an experienced attorney. While most commonly used in traffic cases, this procedural sentencing request will effectively allow someone to plead responsible, but have the judgment continued. Thus, since no judgment is ever entered, there is no actual conviction.

However, there are certain things that you cannot receive a PJC for in North Carolina:

  • DWI
  • Speeding in excess of 25 mph or over
  • School bus and school zone violations
  • Certain CDL violations

Furthermore, a PJC may not be the best for your case. Each client is different and has a different driving record and family situation. Before using a PJC, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to determine if it’s the right fit for you.

Call us at 828-564-1321 or fill out a specific information inquiry form here and we will gladly fully explain how we can help protect your license and insurance.