What is a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC)?

A PJC is something unique to North Carolina.  In many ways it's a free pass from the judge.  It's a judge granted remedy that is a finding of guilt without an entry of judgment for a criminal or traffic offense.

A criminal defendant who receives a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) on a traffic ticket will receive no Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) points or insurance points under certain circumstances.  When one uses a Prayer for Judgment Continued, the courts will not asses a fine, although court costs (usually about $190) will have to be paid.  An individual may use one PJC every three (3) years per household for insurance point purposes and two (2) Prayer for Judgments every five (5) years for DMV points.  So under certain situations it's essentially a free pass to avoid a fine and the consequences that come with it.

A PJC can't be used for all traffic citations. It won't help speeders going 25 mph or more over the limit and isn't available for those charged with DWI's or those who have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

A Prayer for Judgment may not always be the best option. As an example, since each household is only entitled to one (1) Prayer for Judgment every three (3) years for insurance purposes, obtaining a PJC may limit the options for other household members. Additionally, some traffic offenses can't be reduced to lesser included offenses so a Prayer for Judgment (if previously used) would no longer be available when needed.

Also, if you have a clean driving record and plead guilty to driving 10 mph or less over the posted speed limit you have another free pass in North Carolina.  In that one isolated situation no insurance points will be charged and it's probably better to save the PJC for another day.

Please call the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel for a free consultation to determine if a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) is appropriate for your case. We are based out of Cary and serve most of the area surrounding Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.


Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.