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You are driving through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and you receive a speeding ticket from a Federal Park Ranger - what do you do? While this is not a common occurrence, it does occasionally happen. Citations issued by federal officers can impact your license just as citations issued by state and local police.
The Central Violations Bureau (CVB) is the national center responsible for processing tickets issued and payments received for petty offenses (i.e. speeding ticket) charged on a federal violation notice. Violations that occur on federal property such as federal buildings, national parks, military installations, post offices, Veteran Affairs medical centers, national wildlife refuges, and national forests. The Central Violations Bureau processes violation notices for violations of federal law that occur outside federal property as well. (www.cvb.uscourts.gov.)
How do I pay for the ticket?
All payments must be received on or before the scheduled court date and once you pay your ticket then you do not have to appear in court. You can pay for your ticket online at https://www.pay.gov/public/form/start/4624405/. You may also make a payment by calling the Central Violations Bureau during normal business hours at (800) 827-2982 or mail a check or money order to:
Central Violations Bureau
P.O. Box 71363
Philadelphia, PA 19176-1363
How will I be notified of my court date (if you want to contest the ticket)?
The Central Violations Bureau will notify you by mail of your scheduled court date. Your Notice to Appear will usually arrive in the mail within 4-8 weeks from the issuance of the ticket. Note that you will be required to appear in federal court not state if you chose to contest the ticket.
How do I check the status of my federal ticket or whether the payment went through?
Call the Central Violations Bureau by call 1-800-827-2982, use option 4 to hear an automated recording with the status of your ticket.
Before you pay off your federal ticket, you may want to contact a traffic lawyer to discuss your options and how this may effect your driving privileges. If you would like to speak with a traffic attorney, contact Adkins Law for a free traffic consultation. Adkins Law has locations in Huntersville and Ballantyne for your convenience.
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By Christopher Adkins
In North Carolina, many speeding tickets are able to be reduced to improper equipment, which is a non-moving violation. Improper equipment is a lesser-included offense to a speeding ticket, and is typically obtained through plea-bargaining with the prosecutor in the county where the ticket was received. The benefit of having a speeding citation reduced to improper equipment is that you will not receive any points on your driver’s license, and you will not receive any points on your insurance.
In 2011, the State of North Carolina created an additional surcharge of $50.00 that is assessed for improper equipment violations. Thus, currently, most improper equipment reductions carry a fine of $263.00 total, which is often more than the fine if you simply pay off your citation. Even with this additional expense, it is still more beneficial to take a reduction to improper equipment in order to save points from being assessed against your driver’s license, and a car insurance increase. Improper equipment, as stated before, is a non-moving offense and carries no insurance points.
Can I handle this myself, or do I need an attorney to handle this for me? You do not need an attorney to handle your citation for you. You may appear in court and request a reduction on your own behalf. Doing this will save you from paying attorney fees, but will require you to spend your time in court, and you may not receive the results you want. The prosecutor, for example, may convince you that it is better to take a different type of reduction, which may not be as beneficial to you. An experienced traffic law attorney would be able to know if the reduction being offered is in your best interests. One of the biggest benefits for most people in hiring an attorney to handle their speeding ticket is avoiding having to appear in court.
If you would like to speak with an experienced traffic lawyer, please contact Adkins Law for a free traffic consultation. Adkins Law has locations in Huntersville and Ballantyne for your convenience.