What Happens if I Pay Off Old Tickets

Cleaning Up Your Record.  Dealing with the Courts and DMV.  What Happens If I Pay Off Old Tickets in North Carolina?


The first step is to figure out what is out there on a statewide basis.  One should be careful to consider how tickets can affect one another – Bill Powers 


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What To Look For:

  • Approach License Restoration Carefully
  • Important to Consider ALL Counties / Jurisdictions
  • Paying Off a Citation May Cause Additional Problems
  • FIRST STEP – Obtain an Official North Carolina Driving Record
    • North Carolina Department of Transportation / Division of Motor Vehicles
  • Tickets Can Affect One Another
  • Timing is Important
  • Don’t Forget About Late Fees, Penalties & Restoration Charges


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  • We also can explain how tickets affect one-another
  • Timing, When, and How Things are Handled Can Be Important


Transcript for Hearing Impaired

Modified Transcript of “What Happens if I Pay Off Old Tickets” for the Hearing Impaired

Cleaning Up Your Record. Dealing with the Courts and DMV. What Happens If I Pay Off Old Tickets in North Carolina?

Hi, I’m Bill Powers, and I’m going through a series of questions that people post online

on normally some kind of message board, not a client of ours or anything, but they do

post them in public forums. Let’s go through them and see if we can’t answer, in general

sense, some of the questions or ideas that people have or want to know more

information about.

First one says, “How to handle an old driving ticket ourselves,” so the person wants to

handle themselves, which is just fine. “Old ticket from the 2000s, forgot to take care of

the thing, and get license back. Called Raleigh,” which I’m assuming is DMV, saying that,

“The only thing stopped me are these old tickets. Trying to reach attorneys, and they

either seem too busy or too much money. I want to avoid getting additional points,” and

you just want to handle it and get your license back to go back and forth to work, and

not be a bother to family. I have to credit this person and say, “Hey, that’s great. I think

it’s encouraging that someone is trying to get back into the workforce.”

First and foremost, yes. You can handle citations yourself.   In North Carolina there’s no law that

says you have to hire a lawyer.  It could be a bit complicated, if you want to check out

our website, we have a lot of information about traffic citations, insurance points,

motor vehicle points, and things of that nature. The best thing to do when you’re trying

to get your license back is to figure out what else do you have out there. Do you have

tickets in Mecklenburg County? Do you have tickets in Iredell County? Do you have

tickets in Cabarrus County, Union County? Just one place or multiple places?

Take a big approach, take a global approach in North Carolina and try to figure out what

you’ve got, what is pending. For purposes of North Carolina, as you can see this gets complicated, you can

go online, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicle

has a very good website and pull a driving record.  That’s a good starting point to see if there are revocations or suspensions on your record.

Be careful, they’re some copy-cats out there. You need to find

the official government website. There’s a form you can fill out. They charge a relatively

minor fee, and you can get a certified copy of your record.

I think the most important thing to realize is, you don’t just want to pay them off

without maybe speaking to the District Attorneys Office. Now, District Attorneys Office

is the one that you’d be responsible to talk to. They’re the prosecutor in the case, each

judicial district has their own District Attorneys Office, they’re elected positions.

Then, once you figure out where the cases are, what’s outstanding, you may need to

contact individual District Attorneys in those counties. Unfortunately, there’s normally

not a quick fix when a lot of time is expired. It can be difficult just finding the old cases. I

don’t know who you talk to about legal fees. Legal fees are normally set on base amount

of work that has to be done and relative training and experience of an attorney.

I do know one thing though, those consultations are always free, at least in our office

they are, and they’re always confidential. If people have questions, we encourage you

to give us a call. I will take a look at things. We’ll get an idea where we have to go. We

are available to travel a good part of North Carolina. Our licenses are good throughout

the state of North Carolina. We do have other attorneys that will travel, or we can

contact DA’s for clients, and see if we can work something out.

Great inquiry and I wish all the best of luck to whomever is dealing with one of these

things. It’s a complicated process, it could be frustrating at times, but I applaud anyone

who wants to get their license back. If you have any questions, please give us a ring.

We’re here to help, talk to you soon.

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