hi- i have a NC driving license and got speding ticket in georgia last dec 2016. i paid the ticket fee few months back. now i got a mail from NC DMV as my license is getting suspended for a month from 05/27/2017. also i got mail from georgia dmv as super speeder is fee is 200$ and if i fail to pay that my license will be suspended from 08/26/2017 in georgia. could you please let me know how should i proceed.
I am a NC lawyer. What you need primarily is a Ga lawyer to try to re-open and negotiate your Ga ticket to something that will not result in revocation of your driver’s license. A lawyer in NC will not be able to do that. You need a lawyer who works in the same place you received the ticket. If you can’t get that done in Ga, what a NC lawyer can do for you is to get you a limited driving privilege so you can at least drive to work & the grocery store and such until you are able to get your regular license back. If you hire a Ga lawyer & that lawyer is successful, you will not need the NC lawyer.
Failure to pay a Super Speeder fee from the Georgia Department of Driver Services within the time allowed by the Department of Driver Services will suspend your driver’s license in Georgia. Although I have tried to research to be sure of my answer, I believe, but am not positive, that North Carolina will in turn suspend your license as a part of the Non-resident Violator Compact. I hope this helps!
Anne Marie Bishop, Attorney
I have a Georgia license, not a North Carolina license to practice law. I suggest you consult a NC attorney. I believe what you will find out is this- (a) by paying your fine to a GA speeding ticket, it counts as a conviction for NC purposes. (b) if the speeding ticket was 15 mph for more over the speed limit, NC will suspend your NC drivers license for 30 days. (c) If you fail to pay the Super Speeder Surcharge to Georgia DDS, then Georgia will suspend your driving privileges in Georgia, and will notify NC of such event. (d) the Georgia Super Speeder Surcharge is IN ADDITION to the fine imposed by the local court. In short, IF you had retained a Georgia attorney to represent you on the Georgia speeding ticket, you would have (i) avoided the $200 surcharge and (ii) the citation would not have been reported to NC because the Georgia attorney would have gotten the speed reduced in the local court. There is a process to have your December 2016 “conviction” vacated and to re-enter a new plea to a reduced charge, but according to the Georgia statute, there is a 90-day and a 180-day deadline for doing this. You have already missed the 90-day deadline. At this point, it is a matter of convincing the prosecutor AND the clerk to amend your sentence AND get the clerk to “correct” your conviction record under the 180-day rule. IN WHICH COUNTY OR CITY WAS YOUR SPEEDING CONVICTION? This information will help any attorney monitoring this web site determine whether they can help you or not.
Yes, it is true that you have a separate super speeder fee from Georgia DMV, if you have already plead guilty the super speeder ticket and paid the court fine. Failure to do so will suspend your driving privilege in Georgia. As to why your driving privilege in North Carolina is being suspended, I would recommend speaking with a North Carolina traffic attorney.
Hope this helps.
Attorney Kevin Linder