Improper Equipment in Wake County, North Carolina


What is an Improper Equipment Reduction?

Improper Equipment in NC can be described as faulty equipment or mechanical issues. In NC, it is a lesser offense than a speeding ticket. It is a non-moving violation that is subject to the discretion of the District Attorney.

How do I know if I can get an Improper Equipment Reduction?

You may be allowed a reduction to Improper Equipment for a speeding ticket, so long as you meet certain criteria:

                1. You have not had more than 1 other moving violation in the last 3 years.

                2. You have not had more than 3 moving violations within 10 years.

                3. You have not had any other Improper Equipment reductions within 3 years.

                4. You were not speeding more than 20mph over the posted limit AND not in excess of 85mph.

What are the costs and fines to have my ticket reduced to Improper Equipment?

The State of North Carolina assesses an additional fine for Improper Equipment reductions.  The court costs and fines are generally $263.00 for Improper Equipment Reduction in Wake County.

Will my insurance increase if I am found responsible of Improper Equipment in NC?

Improper Equipment is a non-moving violation and does not result in points on your insurance OR your driver’s license.

Will I need to appear in court to get my ticket reduced to Improper Equipment?

Most traffic citations in North Carolina can be resolved without the driver being required to appear in a North Carolina court.  If you are eligible to have your ticket reduced to Improper Equipment, our office can have your appearance waived while we request your reduction.  You would need to sign a “waiver of appearance” form to allow us to appear in court on your behalf.

If you’ve received a speeding ticket in Wake County and you have questions about getting that ticket reduced to Improper Equipment, or you would like to know what other options you may have, call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at (919) 585-1486 for a free consultation to speak with a speeding ticket lawyer. We can tell you over the phone how we can help you in traffic court offer a free consultation for you speeding and traffic tickets.





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.