What is an Improper Equipment Ticket in North Carolina?

How an Improper Equipment Speeding Ticket Reduction Works

An Improper Equipment (IE) ticket is a non-moving violation.  It carries no insurance or DMV points in North Carolina.  An improper equipment ticket is simply an infraction like a broken tail light so you plead “responsible” instead of “guilty."  Aside from a dismissal improper equipment is usually the best outcome in a traffic or speeding ticket case.

Will an IE cause my insurance to go up?

Will a plea to improper equipment cause your insurance premium to increase? No.  You can plead responsible to an improper equipment ticket as many times as possible and it will never raise your insurance, although Court costs and fines would quickly add up.

Wake County does not reduce speeding tickets to an Improper Equipment ticket.

Many counties in North Carolina allow speeders to plead responsible to an Improper Equipment ticket instead of pleading responsible to their speeding ticket.  This saves the speeder from gaining insurance points and DMV points.  While this reduction is available in many counties it is not an option if you receive a speeding ticket in Wake County.  Though the increased revenue that other counties receive would seem to be a good reason to change this policy as Wake County residents will ultimately pay more for insurance ue to speeding ticket penalties than those who live outside of Wake County.

Why does the District Attorney sometimes offer a plea to improper equipment?

Basically because the State of North Carolina gets extra revenue.   If the State were to simply dismiss your case then they would collect no money.  Usually there are requirements that you have a good driving record and not have been speeding at a very high rate of speed.  The other reason reductions of some sort are usually offered is the same reason plea bargains are usually offered in all criminal cases.  If everyone asked for a trial then the court system stop functioning.

Does an improper equipment plea appear on your drive record?

Yes.  It shows up on your record but it still does not raise your car insurance rate.  North Carolina Prosecutors are are now less likely to offer multiple reductions to improper equipment after taking a look at your driving record.

The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC

If you hire a speeding ticket lawyer and qualify for a reduction to improper equipment, the speeding ticket attorney usually can handle the case without your having to appear in Court.  Call traffic ticket lawyer Wiley Nickel at 919-585-1486 for a free phone consultation about your North Carolina traffic ticket or speeding ticket.


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.