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Dont Pay Your Traffic Ticket Online.

(until you read this) Contact Traffic Lawyers Free The Police officer or Patrolman who gave you your traffic ticket may have told you that you can go online and pay your ticket by credit card. While this is true, it is NOT a good idea in most cases.  SPEEDING just 11 MPH over the limit will allow your insurer to  raise your insurance rates by AT LEAST 45% per year for 3 YEARS if you admit your speed and pay online. Speeding 80 in a 65 zone (a rather common charge) will cause your insurance rate to increase by 80% per year for 3 years.(See example below)  AND THAT IS WITH A CLEAN DRIVING RECORD! North Carolina Enacted the Safe Driver Incentive Plan (SDIP) to reward Safe Drivers. But your insurance company is sure to punish you if you dont fall within the requirements of the SDIP. By paying your ticket online, you are admitting guilt, AS CHARGED. By just 1 mph in some cases, you could fall outside the limits of the SDIP, and suffer an increase of rates of 45% or more.Most Attorneys who are familiar with traffic law will tell you if there is nothing they can do to help you.  But the attorney fee in almost all traffic cases will be far less than your insurance increase. If you were ticketed in Western North Carolina, call us at the Sluder Law Firm, and tell us about your case. If we can help you, we will let you know how and what it will cost. If we cannot, we will tell you so, and why. The phone call is absolutely free. Contact Speeding Ticket Lawyers...

Exclusive: Why you shouldn’t pay your ticket ahead of time.

Curtis Alan Sluder I decided to start answering basic questions that folk ask online about traffic and other matters. I actually enjoy helping people out with traffic matters, and I hope my explanations below are helpful. Question: “If you pay a ticket before your court date do you still have go?” The answer to this is straight forward, but before paying the ticket there are several things you should consider. Payable vs. Non-payable tickets First we have to distinguish between payable and non payable tickets. If the ticket is payable, then, no- you dont have to go to court. If you can not pay the ticket, then you must appear in court OR hire a lawyer to represent you. So, the short answer to this question is “NO”. Tickets that are listed as “Infractions” are payable, and the citation will usually have instructions and the total price. If your citation doesnt have the total price, its not payable. (Regardless of whether you can or not, you shouldn’t pay tickets early- Ill tell you why below) Non payable tickets require you to appear in court OR hire a lawyer to represent you. A Lawyer can appear for a defendant in many different types of cases, if the Judge allows it. Fortunately, when distance and circumstances make it hard to get to court, most of our judges will allow our firm to handle matters “by waiver” or, with a written waiver of your right to be in court, and authorization for our lawyers to act on your behalf. Examples of non-payable tickets are speeding more than 15 over the limit- 80...

Clean your Criminal Record: Expunction opportunities

Previously, I posted about new expunction laws being passed in 2018. These laws opened up the ability to get charges expunged from your record. Again, the legislature has acted to make non violent offenses eligible for expunction. This makes expunction more accessible to defendants. Now certain misdemeanor and felony offenses resulting in conviction can be expunged. This is good news. Even some traffic matters can be expunged. Our attorneys have researched these new laws and are prepared to clean up your record, and open up opportunities for better jobs, rental opportunities, even credit rating. Waiting periods before expunction eligibility are shorter. If you have past criminal charges on your record, even if they resulted in conviction, contact us today and see if we can help get your record cleaned up via expungement. Expunction Lawyers. Clean your Criminal RecordClean your Criminal Record: Expunction opportunities Contact us...

How Radar Works

How Radar Works  By Curtis Sluder  Basically, radar works by sending out a series of radio waves at a specific frequency then calculating the change in frequency when the waves return. Think of the waves as “wiggling” at a certain speed.  When these waves hit things, they bounce off and are scattered in different directions.  Some of the radio waves that hit an object are reflected back to the device that sent out the radio waves. These waves are the ones the radar unit is looking for.  The waves reflected back will “wiggle” at a slightly different frequency, and the computer processor in the radar device can then determine how fast an object is travelling based on how much faster or slower the “wiggle”, or frequency.  These calculations are possible because of the Doppler Effect.  The Doppler effect is the change in frequency of radio waves when an object emitting radio waves is moving (or the item they are reflected off is moving.) As the waves are reflected back, the frequency is higher coming from objects getting closer, and lower when bounced back from objects getting further away.  Think of the change in pitch when a fire truck approaches and passes.  The pitch is high as it approaches, accurate when it is beside you, and lower when it passes and moves away.  The reason is, on approach, each sound wave reaches the hearer slightly faster than the last, because the vehicle transmitting the sound is getting closer.  As it moves away, each sound wave reaches the hearer slightly slower, because the transmitting vehicle is getting further away with each wave. Think of the waves as being pressed together when the siren approaches, and spread apart after it passes....

New Laws Open more possibilities for expunction and cleaning your record

After court is over, and you have either had your case dismissed, been found not guilty, or found guilty and you have taken your lumps. It is over, right? Not so fast. Even if your charge has been dismissed, your criminal record still shows that you were charged with a crime. If you were found or pled guilty, the mark on your record is even greater. And who sees this? Potential employers. College applications. Those entering the military. Obtaining a professional license, leasing a residence, possessing a gun for home defense, all can be stopped short because of a smudge on your record. Even travelling out of the country can be much more difficult due to marks on your record. Even Canada! Recent changes in NC Law may make it possible to clean your record, once and for all! Governor Roy Cooper signed a bi-partisan bill that went into effect December 1, 2017, which may make it possible to have convictions, diversions, and unlimited dismissals EXPUNGED! If you have a misdemeanor conviction more than 5 years old, or *some* non-violent Felony convictions, (level H and I) more than 10 years old, Dismissals, no matter how old, Deferred prosecution, 90-96 Drug Diversion, Convictions before age 18, and some other charges, You may be eligible for an expunction. For a free evaluation of your charges, to determine if you are eligible. CONTACT The Curtis Sluder Law Firm, pc, 260 New Leicester Highway Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 254-9505 Contact us...