Change in Traffic Court Policies – (Effective May 14th, 2015)

In order to more efficiently dispose traffic violations, the Wake County District Court has announced some changes to existing policies. If you have recently be charged with a traffic violation, you may benefit from some of these changes.

Driving While License Revoked (DWLR) for non-payment of tickets

According to the new policy, the State will dismiss a class 3 misdemeanor DWLR offense that is not the result of impairment if:

  1. Your license has been revoked for failure to appear or for non-payment of (no more than two) previous citations.
  2. You have no prior convictions of DWLR.
  3. Your license has been reinstated.
  4. You are genuinely trying to comply.

Improper Equipment Reductions

Per new policies, certain speeding charges may be disposed of by a plea of ‘responsible,’ rather than ‘guilty,’ to improper equipment. Improper equipment can mean that a vehicle has equipment or mechanical problems, such as worn tires or a broken speedometer. It is considered a lesser offense to speeding or traffic tickets, as it is categorized as a non-moving violation. Non-moving violations do not accrue traffic points that impact insurance or driving records. However, the charge will still be present on your driving record.

The following criteria applies:

  1. You must provide a certified driving record (
  2. Your case must be resolved by the third court date and must be disposed of in disposition court.
  3. If you are under the age of 21 you must first complete a four hour driving course at an approved driving school prior to resolution of the charge.
  4. All court costs and fees (a $50 fee in addition to court costs) must be paid in addition to an additional $25 fine.

If you were charged with the following, you are ineligible to have your charge reduced to an improper equipment charge:

    • more than one other moving violation within a period of three years
    • more than three moving violations within a period of ten years
    • driving over 85 mph
    • more than 20 mps over the posted speed limit
    • speeding in a work zone
    • speeding in a school zone; or
    • an improper equipment charge  within three years

School Zone Prayer for Judgement

A Prayer for Judgement, also referred to as a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC), is unique to North Carolina. A judge may grant a PJC for speeding violations under 15 miles in excess of the speed limit. A PJC requires that you pay only the court costs – no other fines – for your infraction. Insurance policies recognize one PJC  per year per policy on the insurance plan, while the DMV will allow two PJCs over the course of five years; any additional charges will result in points against your license. A PJC for speeding infractions within a school zone will be accepted on cases that meet the following criteria:

  1. The school zone speeding violation was no more than 15 miles over the posted speed limit
  2. You have no other traffic violations within three years
  3. You have never before been charged with speeding in a school zone
  4. You complete community service if directed by the judge or magistrate