Graham NC Speeding Ticket

If you received a speeding ticket in Alamance County North Carolina, the ticket shows a time and date in which you have to appear to answer the charges, and it also lists Graham, NC as the place to appear. The court house is located at 212 West Elm St., just three minutes from our office.

We regularly represent people who receive speeding tickets and other traffic tickets in Alamance County. Over the past 15 years we’ve helped over 9,000 motorists with just one goal in mind: To reduce or eliminate the imposition of insurance points.

If you’ve received a speeding ticket in Burlington, Graham, Haw River, or Mebane, North Carolina and have questions about how this traffic ticket might trigger drivers license points, insurance points, or otherwise affect your privilege to drive call us at (336) 570-1923.

Insurance Points

How will this ticket affect my insurance? That’s one of the first questions we get when someone calls us about a traffic ticket in Alamance, Guilford, or Orange Counties. What follows is usually a statement to the effect of “I don’t want this to go against my insurance,” or “I don’t want any insurance points.”

Just what are insurance points and how do they work? The simplest answer is that points are part of a system developed by the insurance industry and government to charge higher auto insurance premiums on drivers who speed or are involved in other behavior that increases the risk that an insurance company will have to pay a claim. They are not same thing as drivers license points. In North Carolina, insurance points are governed by the Safe Driver Incentive Program.

What’s hard for people to understand is that insurance points are not the same as driver’s license points. However, in order to try to avoid insurance points you have to know what’s on a person’s driving record. To further complicate things, neither the judge nor the district attorney can give you legal advice. Moreover,  it’s confusing have to juggle drivers license points and insurance points in your head when you don’t this for a living.

If you purchase your auto insurance in North Carolina, this link to the Department of Insurance’s website may be helpful. For example, if you are reading it correctly, it shows that a conviction for speeding 80/65 will result in insurance points that will raise your North Carolina auto insurance rates by at least 80%.

Does this mean that if you got a ticket for speeding 80/65 you will automatically be assessed insurance points that will raise your insurance by 80%? No! If you know what you are doing, it’s frequently possible to completely eliminate or reduce the imposition of insurance points. In fact, that’s the premise that we’ve built our whole practice around: eliminating or reducing the imposition of insurance points. Over the past 10 years we’ve served over 9,000 motorists and have prominently featured that goal in all our traffic contracts.

If you’ve received a traffic ticket in Alamance County, Orange County, or Guilford County and are concerned about the insurance points that may result from this ticket call us at (336) 570-1923.

Alamance County Speeding Tickets | Improper Equipment

From time to time we get a call from someone who got a speeding ticket in Alamance County and really had something wrong with their speedometer. Many times they will already have had the problem repaired. Other times they are thinking about it but are not sure what to do.

In 2004 the legislature amended the speeding statute to provide that the charge of improper equipment, i.e. broken speedometer, was a lesser included offense of the charge of speeding. This was intended to make it easier to plea bargain a speeding charge, which carries insurance points, to a charge of improper equipment, which carries no insurance points. However, in Alamance County, for a long time the amendment to the law had very little practical effect. The District Attorney’s speeding ticket policy in Alamance County does not permit for negotiated pleas of improper equipment when the original charge is speeding.

Recently, there’s been a change to the District Attorney’s policy concerning improper equipment. It is now possible to have your charge amended to improper equipment in some circumstances.

So, if you’re gotten a speeding ticket in Alamance County and are concerned about insurance points, or want to learn more about the lesser included offense of improper equipment, please give us a call at (336) 570-1923. Our office is just 3 minutes from the court house and we have been representing motorists in Alamance County for the last 15 years.