Speeding tickets and lawyers

Fortunately, it has been about 10 years or so since I last got a speeding ticket.  I'm pretty sure, that like Tuesday's ticket (63 in a 45), that one was also for 18 over (53 in a 35, that so should have been a 45).  In Ohio, they just let me pay my $100 or so and be done with it.  Here in NC, at 18 over, I apparently have no choice but to go to court.  Or so I thought.  Just 3 days after I got the ticket, I have now received at least a dozen solicitations from lawyers telling me they'll take care of it all for me for just $200 or so.  Seems like a pretty good little system they've got.  In NC, we have this oddly-named every-three-year forgiveness policy termed “Prayer for Justice Continued.”  Apparently, you ask for this, almost always get it, and you are out $120 in court costs but no points on your record.  For $200, the lawyers will “pay all your costs.”  So, my guess is for a less than 5 minute conversation with the traffic ADA, they earn $80 or so.  Not a bad deal.  I am pretty impressed by the efficiency of all the traffic attorneys
sending me letters with the details of my case so quickly.  I'm planning on being brave and asking for the PJC myself and saving the $80.  I'll report back on the matter December 18.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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