What is a PJC?

Some misdemeanor traffic offenses in North Carolina may result in the loss of your license, or an increase of your insurance. For many, losing your license could cause you to lose your job and create a huge burden on your family. Likewise, an increase of insurance could be a difficult financial strain. 

In North Carolina, judges may choose to enter a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC). This allows the judge to not enter a conviction or impose a sentence. A PJC is often used to prevent an increase of insurance or to prevent a license revocation. This option can be extremely appealing, but is only available for certain offenses. For example, if you are charged with speeding 25 miles per hour above a posted speed limit, or charged with DWI, a PJC will not be available.

It is a common myth that if you get another ticket after using a PJC,  both tickets penalties will come back. That myth is NOT true! However, you are only allowed to use a PJC once every 3 years for insurance purposes, and twice every 5 years for DMV purposes. If you use more than the number of PJC's allowed insurance and DMV will not know which PJC to count which could lead to an increase of points. Some judges require the completion of community service or driving school as part of a the process to earn a PJC. 

If you have received a minor traffic citation or charge, and have questions about a Prayer for Judgment Continued, call the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at 1-(919)585-1486 for a FREE consultation. You can also email Attorney Kristi Haddock or Wiley Nickel directly at Kristi@wileynickel.com or wiley@wileynickel.com, respectively.


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.