What happens if i dont show up to court for a traffic ticket in north carolina?
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Suffice to say bad things to don't want to happen will likely happen. Just bite the bullet and pony up the dough for a traffic attorney to handle this for you properly.
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If you fail to appear, NCDMV will suspend your privilege to drive in NC and then NCDMV notifies PennDOT which then suspends your PA license which means no driving anywhere for any reason. Not worth that kind of headache. . A NC lawyer can happily represent you without you also needing to be present in court.
Your license may be suspended, you could have a failure to appear issued against you, or both. You could also be responsible for court costs and fines and points that could impact your license, even if you are in another state. If you can't just pay the fine, it sounds like you may have a criminal driving charge, as opposed to an infraction. Not showing could have a long term impact.
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If you do not come, you will have a failure to appear and and likely an order for arrest. After 20 days, the FTA will trigger the DMV to start counting down the days until they will revoke your license. They will send a letter to this effect. Once your license has been rendered useless in NC, you wouldn't legally be allowed to drive on NC streets, but only NC for now. Eventually due to the interstate compact, eventually PA would be given notice of the suspension and then you would be suspended by PA and unable to drive in any state.
I suggest hiring the best attorney you can afford. Many will send you letters.