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Speeding tickets in North Carolina cost more than you think

On Behalf of | Nov 22, 2019 | Criminal law

If you’re like most people, you may not think a speeding ticket is that big of a deal. In fact, speeding tickets are the most common traffic violation in North Carolina. In 2017, about 516,000 residents received a speeding ticket. Speeding tickets come with a host of fees and penalties outside of the base ticket price, which exponentially increases the ultimate cost of a ticket.

What is the total cost of a speeding ticket?

Beyond the base cost of a speeding violation, you are likely to face additional penalties that increase the final cost of your ticket. For example, if you are caught speeding 15 mph over the posted limit, you will receive a $30 fine for your infraction. On top of this, you could have court fees ranging from $150 to $200.

However, there are more penalties outside of the legal realm. North Carolina uses a point system to grade their drivers and they will likely add three points to your record for a speeding violation. This could lead to a suspension of your driver’s license if you have previous infringements.

Your insurance company could also raise your monthly premiums. The average annual premium for North Carolina drivers is $865. Insurance companies usually inflate your premiums for three years from the date of the violation.

Getting the help of a seasoned attorney can help you mitigate any fines or penalties. Your lawyer might be able to negotiate your speeding ticket down to a lesser infraction, which would lessen the impact on your insurance premiums.