April 18, 2017
First, what is it?
Improper Equipment (IE) is a non-moving violation and carries no insurance or DMV points in North Carolina, generally making it the best option for traffic matters, other than having the charges dismissed outright. It is considered an infraction like a broken tail light. This means that instead of pleading “guilty” you can plead “responsible”.
How do I know if I qualify?
There are a few factors that matter: (1) your prior driving history and (2) the speed at which you were charged. North Carolina statute prohibits you from obtaining an IE if you with charged with a speed that is more the 25MPH over the posted speed limit. There are also certain rules about how many IE’s you can have over a certain span of time. Contact a local attorney to discuss these potential issues.
How much does it cost?
Costs tend to vary by county. You should contact an attorney in the county where you got the ticket to get an accurate estimate of the total costs. Generally, the costs will be between $260 and $340.
Do I have to appear in court?
Generally no, assuming you actually qualify for a reduction of your traffic ticket to an IE. If you hire an attorney, they will usually have you sign a waiver, which means you will not have to appear in court.
Contact us for a free phone consultation and see if you qualify to have your ticket reduced to an improper equipment. King Law serves clients across North Carolina for traffic matters.