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    Default Failure to Appear for Paid Moving Violation

    My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: North Carolina

    Hello friends!

    I recently moved from the state of North Carolina to the state of Texas. While in NC, I received a speeding ticket for driving 80 mph in a 65 mph. I was actually going 85 but the officer cut me a break and reduced it to 80. The officer told me if I was over 80 I would be required to appear in court, indicating he cut me a break. I thanked him and told him that was a big deal since I was moving in a few weeks. He nodded. Although I am now second guessing if I understood him correctly.

    I paid the ticket online (~$220) and thought that was that.

    Two months later I got a letter in the mail stating my license will be indefinitely suspended in October for failure to appear.

    What happened and what should I do?

    I have no plans to ever go back to NC, if anything I'll be moving west in a couple years.

    Thank you.

    Edit: my receipt even says "North Carolina Waivable Offenses."

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    Default Re: Failure to Appear for Paid Moving Violation

    Actually, anything over 75 when the speed limit is less than 70 MPH should not have been waivable. I don't know why the ticket said it was.
    Even if you had appeared you might have been suspended for this anyhow.

    You should consult an attorney here. You'll find that it will be impossible to obtain/renew a license in another state if you are revoked here.

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    Default Re: Failure to Appear for Paid Moving Violation

    My reply just got deleted, can a mod please state why?

    I believe >15 over or >80 mph is mandatory appearance. I don't see the >75 in a 65 deal.

    Anyways, what is the best way to go about finding a lawyer?

    https://www.nccourts.gov/assets/docu...iR8dbcMS2.cbBW

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    Default Re: Failure to Appear for Paid Moving Violation

    It does appear waivable per the current traffic waiver list. Your mistake might be that you paid the fine but not the $30 waiver fee. Since you still have a little time, Iíd be inclined to contact the court to ask if you can correct the matter by paying the waiver fee, and then follow their instructions. If you later get confirmation of a correction to their records, then I would follow up by checking with the DMV to confirm no suspension is pending.

    If they donít cooperate, then get an attorney local to the court.

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