Speeding Ticket Basics

Speeding tickets, DMV points and insurance points: What you need to know to keep your car insurance rates low.

Many people often ask me how speeding tickets work in North Carolina.  Basically you’re looking at three issues.  

  • Keeping your driver’s license!  A guilty plea to a ticket of 15 miles per hour over the limit (or greater) will mean at least a 30 day revocation of your driver’s license.  Never plead guilty to a speeding ticket without first consulting an attorney.  We offer free consultations for anyone charged with speeding in Wake County.
  • Insurance Points.  Did you know that if you get a speeding ticket in Wake County you may also get anywhere from 1 to 4 insurance points?  Just one point on your driving record can cause your car insurance premiums to go up by as much as 30 percent a year.  Four points can drive your premiums up by as much as 80 percent!  The most important thing for most of my clients is keeping their car insurance low.  When someone gets a traffic ticket the goal is to not get insurance points as well.
  • DMV Points.  If you collect enough DMV points you can also lose your license.  Generally if you get over 12 total points your driver’s license will be suspended.

How do you fight these things?  Hiring an attorney is the best place to start.  There are two important things to know about speeding tickets.

  • Reductions!  The Wake County District Attorney’s Office sees thousands and thousands of speeding tickets a year and they will generally offer you a reduction in exchange for a guilty plea on a reduced charge.
  • NC SDIP.  You may be allowed one speeding ticket for up to nine miles per hour over the limit every three years without an increase in your insurance premiums.  This is called the North Carolina Safe Driver Incentive Program.  Depending on your record a reduction of your charge to 9 over the limit might be a great option.
  • PJC’s!  North Carolina has this unique system that involves a Prayer for Judgement (PJC).  This judge-made rule allows a judge to grant you a PJC after you have pled guilty to a charge.  If a judge grants you a PJC it likely means no insurance points and no DMV points on your record.  You are allowed one PJC every three years (per household) for insurance point purposes and two PJC’s every three years for DMV point purposes.  

All cases are unique.  If you have received a speeding ticket or know someone who has please tell them to call my office for a free consultation about what we can do to help.  The number to our office in Cary is 919-585-1486.


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.