My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: North Carolina
Alright so I am 19, I got pulled over for the first time ever at 18 back in April, which also happened to be my first speeding ticket. 53 in a 35.
My dad said he'll handle everything and so he hired a lawyer to go to court on my behalf. Court date was June 13th. My lawyer goes to court. I asked my dad about the results of my court date June 14th, and he said he didn't hear anything back. Fine. I ask him again the next week, and the next week, and basically all of July. He keeps telling me he never heard anything back and to stop worrying about it. I just brushed it off and went along with my summer.
Today, August 24, I receive a letter in the mail from my lawyer dated to August 16th. She says she sent an email on June 18th regarding my case and attaches the email along with the letter. Apparently, I had to attend a traffic class and write a 3-page essay about what I learned and read it in front of a judge on August 2nd in order to have my ticket dismissed. But she made a typo in my dad's email, so we never received it. Since we missed that deadline, my lawyer now has to renegotiate and there is another court date on August 29th.
What do I do. I am so annoyed with my dad, and my lawyer too. My lawyer did not make an effort to reach out after not hearing back for a whole month (June 18th.....July 18th..?) She only emailed again on July 31st. Wouldn't one think she would make an effort to call if emails arent sending through? And my dad also did not make an effort to call my lawyer. I kept telling him to. But he is always extremely busy with work. IDK. If I handled things myself, I definitely would have given my lawyer a call way back in June because my ticket was always on my mind and being so young, I didn't know what to expect or how serious anything is.
Will the judge or DA give me another opportunity to take a class and write a paper? I genuinely had no idea of any email and neither did my dad. My lawyer sent the initial email to the wrong email. I do not know what to expect now.