A typical traffic ticket scenario:
Jane receives a speeding ticket for going 80 in a 65 zone. She thinks, “Great,
I don't need that fine. There goes $250 dollars (according to the back of the ticket). So she pays the ticket. She had
received a letter in the mail from an attorney- but it was just a speeding ticket. And he was asking for nearly $300.
The ticket was only $250. And it said on the back of the ticket, that she could just mail it in. So she did. She threw the
letter in the trash.
Four months later, Jane received her renewal from FleeceYa Insurance Co. She opened it, ready to write the check for $350,
just like the one she wrote six months ago. But the bill was for $665! She called her insurance agent,
sure it must be a mistake. She was informed that because of the ticket she had received, she now has 4 insurance points, and
her insurance now has increased by 90%. This will be her rate for the next 3 years!!! $315 MORE, for 6
renewals! That is $1,890.00 MORE than it was. Too bad Jane threw that letter from the attorney away.
Jane’s bad luck wasn’t over. 9 months later, during a brief moment of distraction while going down a steep hill, she saw the blue light again. The trooper handed her another ticket. But it wasn’t quite as bad- 66 in a 55 zone. This time, a few days later, she received 2 letters in the mail from attorneys. One asked her to call their office Toll Free and explain her case so it could be discussed, and options examined. The other was very inexpensive, and just asks for her credit card number and her selection of what she wanted to happen- Check one- a reduction, driving school, or some other Prayer for Judgment thing she didn’t really understand. Jane is thrifty, so she took the cheapest option, and mail in her credit card number. She heard nothing more about it. Her court date came and went. A few days later, she received a letter in the mail from the North Carolina DMV- The letter said “YOUR LICENSE IS REVOKED!!!” Maybe she should have actually discussed her case with someone. She panicked and quickly called the attorney she had hired. There was no answer, so she left a voicemail, and a couple days later, she was called back. She was then sent proof that the attorney did exactly what she had wanted. Too bad Jane didn’t really know what was best for her.
When you contact our firm regarding a traffic matter, we know that the traffic ticket case is very important to you.
Some attorneys might not seem to care about your case, or put it on the back burner while they focus on cases they consder "more important". At Curtis Sluder and Associates, we care. When our attorneys are working on your case, we consider that case to be as important as any case we handle. Because I know it is to you. That one "simple" ticket could mean your insurance rates will skyrocket, and disrupt the tight budget so many of us find ourselves on. That one "simple" ticket could be the one that costs you your license, your job, your way of life. No case we accept is treated as if it is "minor" or unimportant. We strive to provide the best possible representation with every case, and consider the person, the facts, and the financial and legal impact behind each case.
LICENSE POINTS AND REVOCATION:
NC law can be very harsh when it comes to otherwise minor traffic matters. There are over 70 ways to lose your privilege to drive in this state. Please do not assume that your minor ticket will not have serious consequences.
Some of the most common-
Speeding, over 55 and more than 15 over the limit
Speeding, in excess of 80 mph
Two or more speeding tickets over 55 in a 12 month period
Speeding in excess of 55 and reckless driving in a 12 month period
Speeding over 75 where the limit is less than 70
Speeding in excess of 80 where the limit is 70
Accumulation of 12 or more points in a 3 year period
Accumulation of 8 or more points in a three year period, after having lost license for points
Driving while impaired
Driving while revoked
Any moving violation which occurs at a time when the license was revoked
Non-payment of child support
2 open container charges in a 12 month period
Driving with a reported blood alcohol content of .08 or more
Failure to appear on a traffic citationFailure to comply with fines and costs on a traffic
Driving After Consuming alcohol OR DRUGS < 21 y.o.
Speeding and reckless on same date
Willful spontaneous racing with another MV
Willful prearranged racing of MV
Watching/Betting/ Loaning a car for prearranged racing
Driving after Judge ordered non-operation of MV as part of suspended sentence.
Manslaughter by MV
Misd. Death by MV
Manslaughter while under influence of impairing substance
Assault by MV
Speeding > 15 mph and attempt to avoid arrest
2 reckless driving within 1 year
Failure to Pay Child Support
Revocation/Refusal of Probation for Felony
Dropping out of high school < 18 y.o.
License revocation for any reason in any other state.
Refusal to submit to blood/breath test
Conviction of Impaired Instruction
Aid and Abet DWIAid and Abet DWLR
Involvement in MV accident with No. Ins.
Two traffic citations w/in one year for provisional licensee
CDL: Leave scene of accident with CMV
CDL: 2 Serious traffic violations w/in 3 years involving CMV
CDL: Operate CMV with BAC .04 or more
Court order as part of suspended sentence
Underage purchase of Alcohol
Providing Alcohol to Underage person
THIS IS ONLY A PARTIAL LIST
OUT OF STATE DRIVERS:
If you are an out of state driver, please be aware that North Carolina is a member of both the Driver License Compact (DLC) and the Non-Resident Violators Compact (NRVC). These are agreements among the states to report traffic violations and suspensions to each other.
NC Convictions follow drivers home.
OUR TRAFFIC EXPERIENCE
My name is Curtis Sluder, and I am an attorney practicing Traffic and Criminal law in Western North Carolina. If you have received a traffic ticket or citation in one of the 9 Western North Carolina Counties in which I practice (Burke, McDowell, Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, Transylvania, Haywood, Or Jackson) I would like to help you with that ticket, protect your license, and save you time, money, and stress. I grew up in this area, and have built the largest criminal and traffic practice in Western North Carolina. My Associate, Vijay Nathan, was an assistant District Attorney in McDowell County prior to joining my office. Together, we have represented drivers from all 50 states and several foreign countries. Since I started my law practice in 1998, over twenty thousand motorists have used my services; I have saved thousands of insurance dollars, year after year. On a regular basis, Judges, Prosecutors, and other attorneys ask me questions about traffic law. I have presented continuing education classes to other attorneys on the subject of traffic law and saving license points and insurance costs. I have extensive experience and knowledge of traffic law and driver license issues, and I hope you will let me put my experience, knowledge, and dedication to work for you.
I know that when I have had a problem of concern to me, and any matter affecting my privilege to drive is important to me, I have felt better about the situation once I understood exactly what my options were, what the likely results of each option were, and what steps I need to take to make my situation better. I will do this for you. Having the experience that I have, along with special knowledge of how things are done in multiple counties, my base of knowledge in the areas I practice is quite thorough. On a daily basis, other attorneys call me and ask advice for their own clients. I have presented material to other attorneys at Continuing Legal Education Seminars, most recently with the NC Academy for Justice, at an Asheville, NC Seminar. I have approached Judges and District attorneys to offer experienced advice in my cases, and in the cases of other attorneys and individuals. Why do other Attorneys, Judges, District Attorneys, and even law enforcement officers come to me with their questions? I suppose it is because they know that no attorney in this part of the state has more real, practical experience in this area of law than I do. I work hard to keep up with new cases, new laws. I study, research, and lobby our legislature for changes in North Carolina Law. And, I suppose, people find me approachable, and easy to talk to.
HOW I ADDRESS YOUR CITATION
With each client I undertake to represent, I begin with the basic information: The charge, the county, the basic facts. I then inquire about the drivers record, state, and license type. I go over each citation looking for a way to beat the charge, if possible. I look for ways to get the charge dismissed or things that might result in the driver being found "not guilty". If the odds are against us, or I cannot fond a way to get the charges dismissed, I then negotiate with the District Attorney for a resolution that will have no impact, or the least possible impact, on my clients license and insurance. There are always several possible options, and I try to explain these options to each client when they call- so my client will know in advance what I will be pursuing. If some unexpected circumstance arises, I ask to continue the case so I can discuss these things with my client and re-evaluate how we want to proceed. And in the vast majority of traffic cases, the client never has to go to court.