I get a lot of calls from clients saying they want a “PJC”, because they heard it’s an easy way to make a speeding ticket go away, but they don’t really know what a PJC is or if that is even the best way to handle their situation.
A “PJC” is a Prayer for Judgement Continued and it only exists in North Carolina. It is an option the Judge may exercise when a defendant pleads or is found guilty. Rather than entering a judgement, the judge enters a “prayer for judgement continued” and the guilty verdict is never entered against the defendant.
While there is no fine or punishment that goes along with a PJC, the defendant is required to pay court costs.
A PJC is primarily useful for traffic infractions and misdemeanors, but there are some exceptions that are not eligible for a PJC:
- Charges of Driving While Impaired (DWI)
- Passing a Stopped School Bus
- Speeding 25 mph in excess of the speed limit
It is usually only beneficial for residents of North Carolina to request a PJC, because the DMV in other states are not likely to recognize what it is and it might impact your driving record or license if you do not have a NC drivers license.
If you have a traffic infraction or misdemeanor charge and you are wondering if a PJC might be a good option for you, don’t hesitate to contact me for a free consultation.