When you contact our firm regarding a traffic matter, we know that your traffic 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 The Curtis Sluder Law Firm, we care. When our attorneys are working on your case, we consider that case to be as important as any case we handle. Because we 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. 

How Traffic Tickets Cost you Money

A conviction for a moving violation results in two types of costs, and two kinds of points. The first set of points are "license points"  These are tracked by the department of motor vehicles. Each driver is allowed to acccumulate a certain number of points before their license is revoked.  Some states simply do this in reverse- giving each driver a certain number of points, and deducting points for each violation.  These points are important, in that when you accumulate too many, you risk losing your privilege to drive. It is a good idea to always be aware of how many points you have on your license.  There are certain points when some drivers may be able to do things to have points removed, and there are certain ways of handling citations that result in fewer license points, or none at all.

The second type of points are more important to most drivers- these are "insurance points" North Carolina, like most states, has rules in place that regulate when your insurance company can increase your rate. Most moving violations carry a certain number of "insurance points", and the number of points the driver has controls the rate the insurance company charges. Most people are surprised to learn how much their rates increase with a single violation.  The charts below, from the North Carolina Department of Insurance, illustrate the points assessed and the rate increase associated with different point totals.

The True Cost of a Speeding Ticket

Consumers Guide to Auto Insurance from the NC Department of Insurance

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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.

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 citation

Failure 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 DWI

Aid 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
 

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.  

MY APPROACH-
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.   


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