There are many reasons why a license can be suspended in North Carolina. One of the most common circumstances is a failure to appear or failure to pay fine on a traffic ticket. Most people do not know that if you fail to show up to court or don’t pay your fine or fee, you can lose your driver’s license. Some people ignore their traffic tickets or simply forget about them, this can have serious consequences!
Whether it was intentional or not, failure to appear on your court date to resolve a traffic ticket results in the clerk of court marking your file “called and failed.” After this happens, you have 20 days to appear in court and attempt to get your case back on a court calendar, OR, if possible, just pay the ticket fines and court fees. If after 20 days you have not contacted the clerk’s office, your case will be recorded as a “failure to appear.” A FTA comes with a $200 late fee in addition to the original court costs and fines associated with the ticket.
Next, the Division of Motor Vehicles is involved. The clerk of court will notify the DMV, who in turn, will send a letter warning that your license will be suspended within 60 days if you do not address the issue. On the 60th day, if there have been no attempts to correct the FTA, the NC DMV will revoke your license. A DMV revocation results in indefinite suspension of your license.
If you go to court for your traffic ticket and are ordered to pay a fine or court fee, and you do not comply, the process and timeline are very similar with the only difference being a $50.00 late fee instead of $200.00.
So by not showing up to court, or not paying your court costs/fines for a minor traffic ticket, you can lose your North Carolina driver’s license!!
What can I do if this has happened to me????
If you have lost your license or have received a DWLR charge because of the failure to appear or pay the costs/fine contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC for a free consultation at (919) 585-1486. Our office is located in Cary, NC and we handle Wake County driving charges. We focus on traffic citations that result from a failure to appear or to pay a fine and can walk you through the process and discuss your options to fix the matter to get you back on the road.