A PJC in NC stands for 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. Only a Judge may give you a PJC, not the District Attorney. This does not mean that DA in Court cannot either recommend or oppose you getting a PJC in Court.
Be careful you fully understand the consequence of accepting a PJC as it does appear on your record despite what many are led to believe by their attorney. In NC nothing ever just falls of your record, not even a PJC. I receive many calls asking how to expunge a PJC in NC because they have been denied employment based solely on a PJC. Too many defendants accept a PJC when a full dismissal is possible. Always speak with an attorney before asking for a PJC without understanding the long term consequences.
You can truthfully say you were never convicted.
There usually is no fine outside the $190 Court costs.
North Carolina allows one (1) PJC every three (3) years per insurance policy (be careful if you are on the same policy as a spouse or children) to avoid an auto insurance increase.
A PJC is better than a conviction as you may be able to later have the case dismissed and expunged (emphasis on the word may)
A PJC appears on your criminal history.
Only a Judge may grant a PJC.
If you go to Court, plead guilty, and ask for PJC, the Judge may deny your request and find you guilty. (you are at the mercy of the Judge)
Most employers treat a PJC like a conviction.
A PJC may be impossible to expunge.
You can’t get a PJC for DWI or speeding In excess of 25 mph over the speed limit.