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Do I need an attorney for traffic court?

You have the right to hire an attorney for any traffic violation, but are not required to do so. An attorney can advise you on the consequences of a ticket in your situation, negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf, and represent you in a hearing if needed. In some traffic cases, an attorney may appear on your behalf in traffic court, and you will not be required to attend. See the Finding an Attorney FAQ for more information about locating an attorney. For offenses with the potential for jail time or a fine of over $500, you can request a court-appointed lawyer if you are unable to hire your own attorney. If you choose to represent yourself, the court will expect you to follow the same rules of evidence and procedure as a licensed attorney. Court officials like judges and clerks of court cannot help you with your case, such as by giving you legal advice about your rights and obligations, possible defenses, or the likely outcome of your case, or by helping you question witnesses properly at trial.

Traffic Citations 

This information applies to All Counties in North Carolina.

Source: https://www.nccourts.gov/help-topics/traffic-and-vehicles/traffic-violations

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