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.