Wake County is known as one of the strictest counties in the state when it comes to traffic violations, including speeding tickets. The current elected District Attorney in Wake County, N. Lorrin Freeman, sets the policies governing how speeding tickets may be amended or reduced. As it now stands, the Wake County District Attorney’s Office speeding ticket policies include:
§ No Improper Equipment
o Unlike many other counties, speeding tickets in Wake County will not be reduced/amended to Improper Equipment, a non-moving violation that results in no driver’s license or insurance points.
§ General Speed Reductions
o Speeding tickets of 20 mph or less over the posted limit can usually be reduced to 9 over.
o Speeding tickets between 21 and 25 mph over the limit can usually be reduced to 14 over.
o Speeding tickets between 26 and 29 mph over the limit can sometimes be reduced to 14 or 16 mph over or amended to careless and reckless driving.
§ No Reduction for High Speeds
o If you are cited for speeding 30 mph or more over the posted limited OR in excess of 90 mph, the district attorney will generally NOT reduce the ticket to a lower speed. However, we can help in negotiating an amendment of the charge to careless and reckless driving, which usually prevents any mandatory license suspensions associated with high speeding convictions.
§ Driving School Required for All Young Drivers
o Young drivers under 21 years old must complete a 4 hour defensive driving course before a speeding ticket will be reduced.
Due to the Wake County District Attorney’s Office strict policies surrounding traffic violations, it’s important to find a lawyer familiar with the local rules, prosecutors, and judges. If you have a speeding ticket or other traffic violation in Wake County, call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation with one of our experienced Wake County speeding ticket lawyers.