- What is a Prayer for Judgement?
- A Prayer for Judgement, or PJC, is something that is unique to North Carolina that only a judge can grant. Basically, this allows you to plead guilty to a crime, without having the plea entered against you, and you will only have to pay the costs of court, no other fines or fees. Typically, these are reserved for traffic violations or petty misdemeanors.
What’s the catch?
A judge cannot grant a PJC on a speeding ticket over 15 mph, or a DWI.
You’re pleading guilty before your PJC is approved. Many times, defendants will go to court without an attorney and attempt to use their PJC. The prosecutor may tell you that they’re not against it, but the judge will have to approve of this, and by doing so, you’ve already pre-admitted to guilt and the judge might not be able to grant your PJC.
The DMV and insurance policies have their own policies regarding PJCs.
The DMV will only recognize two PJCs every five years.
Insurance policies will only recognize one PJC every three years.
Advice while considering a PJC...
Save your PJC! Each county has different policies, some will reduce speeding tickets or make you attend traffic school, it is best to not use a PJC here.
- Be careful while trying to use a PJC, it is best to get an attorney so that you don’t admit to guilt for something you cannot use your PJC on, or something you could get reduced charges on. Save your record and your future by hiring an attorney.