A Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) is a judge-granted remedy in which a defendant receives a finding of guilt without an entry of judgment for a criminal or traffic offense. When a judge continues prayer for judgment, a defendant may be able to avoid a car insurance increase, though the charge and outcome will still be visible on the defendant’s driving record. Under North Carolina law, a defendant may use one (1) prayer for judgment every three (3) years per household for insurance point purposes, and two (2) prayer for judgments every five (5) years for DMV point purposes.
The general ruling continuing pleas of prayer for judgment in North Carolina courts is that the “North Carolina courts have the power to continue prayer for judgment without the defendant’s consent, so long as no conditions are imposed on the defendant.” State v. Van Trusell, 170 N.C. App. 33 (2005).
What happens if a defendant does not want a prayer for judgment continued?
In some instances, continuing a plea of prayer for judgment is not the most optimal outcome for a defendant. For one, a PJC leaves an unresolved legal matter on a defendant’s record. When applying for certain jobs, unresolved legal matters can hinder an applicant. Sometimes a defendant simply needs a judgment entered.
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If judgment has been continued, the State can make a motion for imposition of a sentence on a defendant. However, this relief from a prayer for judgment does not work the other way around. A defendant cannot motion for the imposition of a sentence when prayer for judgment has been continued.
Contact an attorney at Everett Law Firm, P.A., with an office conveniently located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to learn more about Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) and determine if asking for a Prayer for Judgment is appropriate for your traffic or criminal offense case.
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