A Prayer for Judgment continued, otherwise known as PJC, in North Carolina allows defendants to plead to a crime without the court entering conviction. Only a judge may grant a PJC. PJC’s are mostly used in connection with traffic violations and petty misdemeanors.
When a person is granted a PJC they will not be responsible for fines and fees, only court costs. A PJC will not be granted if charge is in excess of 15 mph, a Driving While Impaired Charge, Passing a School Bus, or if you currently hold a Commercial Driver’s License.
DMV and Insurance companies have their own policies regarding PJC. North Carolina will recognize two PJC’s per driver every five years. If a judge grants a third PJC within that five year period the DMV will not recognize and that person will be convicted. Insurance companies will recognize one PJC every three years per insurance policy. A PJC is useful in that it may help avoid points on both a driving record and insurance policy.
If you have been charged with a traffic violation or believe you qualify for a Prayer for Judgment in Wake County please call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel today at (919) 948-7159.