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When Can I Use a PJC?

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North Carolina law grants judges the discretion to enter a Prayer for Judgement Continued(PJC). This is an appealing option as it allows for prevention of penalties, such as increased insurance or license revocation, that are often associated with misdemeanor traffic offenses. While appealing, this option is only available for certain offenses. Certain judges may also require the completion of community service or driving school as part of the process for a PJC. A skilled attorney will be able to assist you in understanding when a PJC is available.

There are also limitations on the amount of times a PJC can be used. It is a common myth that if you get another ticket after using a PJC both tickets and their penalties will come back. This myth is not true. However, it is true that a PJC may be used only once every 3 years for insurance purposes, and once every 5 years for DMV purposes. Using a PJC more than is allowed can result in confusion for insurance and the DMV, possibly leading to an increase in points.

If you have received a traffic citation or charge, and have questions about a Prayer for Judgment Continued, call the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at 1-(919)585-1486 for a free consultation. You can also email attorney Kristi Haddock or Wiley Nickel directly at kristi@wileynickel.com or wiley@wileynickel.com, respectively.

Kristi Haddock