The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles allows two PJC’s every five years for DMV purposes. Therefore if a third PJC is granted within five years it would be treated as a conviction.
When to Use a PJC One is entitled to the use of a PJC once every three years for insurance purposes and twice every 5 years for DMV purposes.
Unique to North Carolina , a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) is often used in traffic violations. It allows someone to plead guilty and ask for a “ Prayer for Judgement ,” meaning the offense isn’t entered against you . For example, you plead guilty to a speeding ticket, then ask for Prayer for Judgement .
A Prayer for Judgment Continued, or PJC, is a possible disposition in criminal cases in North Carolina . Therefore, a PJC is technically not a conviction because no final judgment has been entered, because in the traditional sense, a conviction is an adjudication of guilt accompanied by an entry of judgment .
No, you do not need a lawyer to request a Prayer for Judgment Continued.
A “PJC” means a Judge continues judgment so that no finding of guilt is entered into the Court record. Usually the defendant is still responsible for Court costs , which are around $190.
1 attorney answer A prayer for judgement is on your record permanently. There is some debate over whether a PJC can be expunged. If you were under the age of 18 at the time of the offense, then you may potentially have the matter expunged, but you
The short explanation is that to request a Prayer for Judgment Continued you need to first plead guilty/responsible and then immediately/at the same time make a request to the Judge that your Judgment be Continued. The District Attorney does not have the authority to grant you a Prayer for Judgment Continued.
North Carolina has some of the strictest traffic offense laws in the country. Unlike many other states, a person who receives a traffic ticket will often be required to attend a mandatory court hearing.
There is no limit on the number a times a case can be continued .
Getting back to the original question, you cannot receive a prayer for judgment for a DWI charge. North Carolina law specifically forbids the court from granting this request for a handful of types of offenses, and Driving While Impaired is at the top of this list.
The fine for a North Carolina speeding ticket is generally $50 or less, although it can go much higher — for example, $250 if you were speeding in a marked work zone or school zone. Court costs are typically around $190. But those one-time costs are dwarfed by the potential increase in car insurance rates.
A person has virtually the same incentive to seek expungement of a PJC as he or she does for any other conviction. A judge can only continue prayer for judgment after the defendant’s guilt has been established, and the courts have now held that a guilty verdict—not entry of judgment—is the touchstone of a conviction.
The program is called “iPlea” and it allows drivers who have received speeding tickets to go online to onlineservices.NCcourts.org and ask the District Attorney’s Office to reduce their fine. The District Attorney’s Office will consider the request as long as its 7 days before the driver’s court date.
Although Virginia does not have prayer for judgment, a skilled Virginia traffic attorney can often get a charge like this reduced. Depending on the court, we can sometimes get the case dismissed.