I have a fta on a traffic ticket Back in 2018 I got pulled over for driving on a suspend because of a past dwi I got in

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Customer: I have a fta on a traffic ticket Back in 2018 I got pulled over for driving on a suspend because of a past dwi I got in 2014, dwi is all paid up and I did my time I just still need to take the dwi assessment and the classes to get my License back...until I found out I have to go In front of the judge in the state I got the dwls...but I’m not in North Carolina anymore and I can’t just go there like it’s next door...plz tell me how I can get around the judge and Straight to the fine?! And is my License Going to be revoked for one whole year?
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Hi,

I’m Zoey, and I am an experienced attorney. I know your question is important to you and I will be giving it the time and attention it deserves.

In case you would like a faster response, the site will automatically offer you an optional phone call for an additional fee. No need to choose a phone call unless you'd like one. I’m happy to type or to talk.

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Are you saying that there's a warrant you have to clear for your failure to appear?   Is that why you have to see the judge?

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No apparently I don’t have a warrant in nc for that
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So why must you see the judge?

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Typically, a faliure to appear in court and/or a faliure to fulfill one's sentencing requirements results in a warrant.   In any case, the judge has to deternine the amount of the fine because there are three years of interest and penalty charges that he can assess.

Call the court and find out, first of all, if there's a warrant for your arrest with regard to the failure of appear.    You can ask the clerk also whether you can just mail in a fine.   If you must appear, however, and it's impossible or much to difficult to arrange for you to do so, your solution would be to contact a North Carolina lawyer to quash the warrant if there is one and try to resolve this case for you.  If it only comes down to the payment of a fine, he may be able to help you avoid any penatlies and make the fine and the consequences as favorable as the sentence allows for

We are not able to refer you to a specific lawyer or law firm because of the site's terms of service.  However, you can use a legal referral service such as www.Martindale.com or www.Avvo.com to find a North Carolina criminal defense lawyer.  Many of the lawyers who list with them are rated by peers and clients to narrow down your choices and find a good one.   The lawyer will know the court and the judge and prosecutor and be able to tell you if he believes he can save you a trip to North Carolina and also clear any NC hold on your driving privileges.

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But there isn’t a warrant listed for me
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Zoey_ JD, Expert

For some reason, you believe you have to see the judge.  Something is unfinished.   If there's no warrant, great.  But my answer remains.  If you have to see the judge and can't, the clerk will know if there's any way around it.  If there isn't, you're going to have to go to North Carolina or retain a lawyer to show up for you.

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Do you need me to clarify anything or to give you more information?  Any other follow-up questions?

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Any other follow-up questions?

If there is anything more I can help with, you can always find me again on this chat thread or by opening a brand new question and starting it with "For Zoey Only."

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