- 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.
As part of several changes to existing traffic court policies, the Wake County District Attorney’s Office announced last week that it would begin consenting to the entry of a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) in Speeding in a School Zone cases where the following criteria is met:
§ The driver was charged with going no more than 15 mph over the post school zone speed limit
§ The driver has no other traffic violations within 3 years
§ The driver has no prior charges for Speeding in a School Zone
§ The driver completes community service at the direction of the judge or magistrate
A Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) is a unique thing to North Carolina but it could mean zero insurance points and zero DMV points if you are able to get one.
If you’ve been charged with Speeding in a School Zone in Wake County, call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation. One of our experienced Raleigh speeding ticket lawyers will discuss how we can help you avoid license and insurance points by getting a PJC on your Wake County Speeding in a School Zone ticket.