About one in seven North Carolina drivers currently has a license suspended for failure to appear in court or failing to pay court costs or court fines, according to a report issued by Duke University School of Law.
“[I]n this analysis of North Carolina data, we found that there are 1,225,000 active driver’s licenses suspensions in North Carolina for non-driving related reasons, relating to failure to pay traffic fines and court courts, and failure to appear in court for traffic offenses. These suspensions constitute about 15% of all adult drivers in the state. Of those, 827,000 are for failure to appear in court, 263,000 for failure to comply with orders to pay traffic costs, fines, and fees, and 135,000 for both. These suspensions are disproportionately imposed on minority residents. Of those with driver’s license suspensions, 33% of those with failure to appear suspensions are black and 24% Latinx, while 35% were white.”
In Wake County court costs and fines for speeding tickets generally range from $188 to $263. For those who do not show up or pay their costs they can find their license is suspended. Often the DMV will mail notice of the suspension but the individual will not receive the letter and could be driving with a suspended license for months or even years without knowledge of the suspension.
If you are charged with driving while license revoked (DWLR) or driving on a suspended license in Wake County, North Carolina we can help. Contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help get you back on the road with a valid license. Our office is located in Cary, NC and we can be reached at 919-585-1486.