Understanding Wake County and Chatham County Traffic Tickets and Prayer for Judgments/PJCs in North Carolina

A Prayer for Judgment Continued (referred to as PJC) is unique to North Carolina. Only a judge may grant you a PJC, and this outcome is normally reserved for traffic violations, but sometimes can be used for low-level misdemeanors. When a PJC is granted, you typically must only pay cost of courts, with no additional fines or fees.

The DMV allows two PJCs every 5 years. If you are granted a third PJC within the 5 year period, the DMV will ignore it, which will result in an increase in your points. North Carolina Insurance policy allows for one PJC every 3 years for insurance point purposes. That includes everyone else on your car insurance policy.  If you or anyone else on your policy is granted a second PJC within that 3 year period, your insurance will ignore both PJCs which will result in an increase of your rate. If you plan to use PJC, you need to make sure that nobody on your insurance policy has been granted one in the last three years.

If your traffic ticket is a minor offense that could be reduced to a non-moving violation like an improper equipment, or reduced to a speed that would not increase your insurance, we advise our clients to save their PJC for future use. It is generally worth it to take a driving course, or pay an additional fine rather than use a PJC when it is not necessary. For many clients, a reduction to the non-moving violation of Improper Equipment is the best option.

If you have a speeding or traffic ticket in Wake or Chatham County, please call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at (919) 585-1486 to discuss the best options for your specific traffic citation.  Our office is located at 2401 Weston Parkway in Cary and we offer free consultations over the phone and in the office.  


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.