Why is my North Carolina License Suspended?

There are many reasons why a license can be suspended in North Carolina. One of the most common circumstances is a failure to appear or failure to pay fine on a traffic ticket. Most people do not know that if you fail to show up to court or don’t pay your fine or fee, you can lose your driver’s license. Some people ignore their traffic tickets or simply forget about them, this can have serious consequences!

Whether it was intentional or not, failure to appear on your court date to resolve a traffic ticket results in the clerk of court marking your file “called and failed.” After this happens, you have 20 days to appear in court and attempt to get your case back on a court calendar, OR, if possible, just pay the ticket fines and court fees.  If after 20 days you have not contacted the clerk’s office, your case will be recorded as a “failure to appear.” A FTA comes with a $200 late fee in addition to the original court costs and fines associated with the ticket.

Next, the Division of Motor Vehicles is involved. The clerk of court will notify the DMV, who in turn, will send a letter warning that your license will be suspended within 60 days if you do not address the issue. On the 60th day, if there have been no attempts to correct the FTA, the NC DMV will revoke your license. A DMV revocation results in indefinite suspension of your license.

If you go to court for your traffic ticket and are ordered to pay a fine or court fee, and you do not comply, the process and timeline are very similar with the only difference being a $50.00 late fee instead of $200.00.

So by not showing up to court, or not paying your court costs/fines for a minor traffic ticket, you can lose your North Carolina driver’s license!!

What can I do if this has happened to me????

If you have lost your license or have received a DWLR charge because of the failure to appear or pay the costs/fine contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC for a free consultation at (919) 585-1486. Our office is located in Cary, NC and we handle Wake County driving charges.  We focus on traffic citations that result from a failure to appear or to pay a fine and can walk you through the process and discuss your options to fix the matter to get you back on the road.



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.