A Prayer for Judgment Continued, or a PJC, is unique to North Carolina Law. It is usually used for traffic violations or low-level misdemeanors and can only be granted by a judge. A PJC allows a defendant to plead guilty or responsible, without the consequences of a conviction.
Both the DMV and insurance companies have their own ways of recognizing PJCs. Currently the North Carolina DMV will allow two PJCs per driver every 5 years. Insurance Companies in North Carolina will recognize one PJC every 3 years per insurance policy. If you are going to use a PJC, you need to make sure that no other drivers on your insurance policy have used a PJC in the last three years. If there is a recent PJC, your insurance rates will be affected as if you had plead responsible or been found guilty.
In general, at The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, we advise our clients to only use a PJC when it is necessary – often it is not necessary to use one. We practice in Wake County, where in the last 6 months it is possible to have certain moving violations reduced to the non-moving violation of “improper equipment.” Every situation is unique, in order for us to give you personalized information on your specific case, please call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at (919) 585-1486 for a free consultation.