Central New Jersey Traffic ticket penalties
- New Jersey Traffic Violation Fines
Each traffic ticket in New Jersey carries a potential fine that depends on the severity of the violation. In addition, for more serious violations like Reckless Driving or Driving While Intoxicated, you can end up in jail.
For Speeding tickets, one of the most common traffic tickets, the fine depends on the speed that you were driving at the time. For driving 1-9 mph over the limit, the fine is $85. If you drive 35-39mph over the limit, the fine is $260. If you exceed the speed limit by 40 mph or more, you must appear in court. The fines are even higher in safe corridors or construction zones. There are additional surcharges that may apply.
Although the fine might be significant, that is often the least of your problems.
In addition to a fine, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission can add points to your driving record. For speeding, 2-5 points can be added, depending on the speed. For Tailgating, 5 points, Failing to Yield at an intersection 2 points, Reckless Driving, 5 points, and so on. As soon as you accumulate a certain number of points you can lose your driving privileges.
The good news is that the New Jersey MVC deducts 3 points from your record every year that you complete without a moving violation ticket.
Having a driver’s license is not a right. It is a privilege that can be withdrawn under certain conditions. In New Jersey, if you accumulate 12 points in 2 years or 15 points in more than a 2-year period, your driver’s license can be suspended for 30 days or more.
In New Jersey, certain violations, such as Driving with a suspended license, carry a surcharge if convicted. The surcharge for Driving with a suspended license is $250 per year for three years. This type of surcharge is referred to as a conviction-based surcharge.
In addition, there is a point-based surcharge. If you get 6 or more points within 3 years on your driving record, you will receive a surcharge of $150 per year for three years, plus an additional $25 per year for three years for every additional point on your record. If you fail to pay a surcharge, your license will be suspended.
How can a New Jersey traffic attorney help you if you receive a traffic ticket?
- Contesting the New Jersey Traffic Violation
As with any criminal offense, the prosecution must prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. It may be possible to challenge the evidence. You can fight the ticket and have the right to challenge the evidence. How was your speed measured, was the radar gun still under maintenance?
An experienced lawyer will assess the evidence and help you to prepare and present a solid defense or negotiate a deal with the prosecution.
- Reduce the fine or get the case dismissed
Your lawyer can endeavor to get the charge reduced or even dismissed. There are many reasons why a traffic ticket can be downgraded. Maybe the officer did not follow proper procedure, or two witnesses gave conflicting versions of what happened. Depending on the circumstances, your lawyer can negotiate with the prosecution to reduce a moving violation to a non-moving violation which carries a lesser penalty.
Your lawyer might be able to get your ticket reduced to a lower point violation. Getting the ticket reduced from Reckless to Careless Driving, for example, can have a significant impact on the penalty. If you are a first offender, you may even be eligible for a Conditional Discharge as part of a New Jersey probation program.
In some circumstances, you may face multiple tickets. The prosecution may agree to dismiss certain violations in return for a guilty plea on others. A good traffic lawyer will be familiar with the procedure and attitudes of the prosecution.
We all know that having your license suspended can have dire lifestyle and financial consequences. Defending a suspension can be difficult. When your license is subject to suspension, either you or your New Jersey traffic attorney must appear in court in person. When you receive a notice of proposed suspension from the state you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer can contest the suspension by requesting a hearing to argue your case.
Attorney Jay Silverberg is Your Central New Jersey Traffic Ticket Lawyer
If you have received a traffic ticket in any of the following counties: Middlesex County, Monmouth County, or Mercer County, contact Silverberg Law Firm LLC as soon as possible.
Attorney Jay Silverberg understands that even a small traffic fine can become a huge problem. After 30 years as a practicing attorney, he has the knowledge and the skills to help you to fight for your rights and obtain the best outcome for your case.
Jay Silverberg will explain the law to you and help you understand the elements and consequences of your violation. Understanding the difference between Reckless Driving and Careless Driving and the consequences of a conviction on either of those charges can, for example, make a significant difference in how you approach your case. If you are convicted of Reckless Driving, you can be fined between $50-$200, be sent to jail for up to 60 days, or both, and have your license suspended. You will also have 5 points added to your driving record. Upon a conviction of Careless Driving, you may be fined $52-$202 and you will have 2 points against your record. A traffic lawyer knows that the difference between the two charges lies in the intent of the driver and can help you to contest the case, or endeavor to get the violation reduced.
Silverberg Law Firm LLC can assist to endeavor to minimize the fine and other expenses, to try to avoid having your license suspended or revoked, reduce, or eliminate points assigned to your record and, thereby, avoid an increase in your automobile insurance rates. We cannot promise results, but we will do our best for you.
If you are facing a serious traffic violation in Central New Jersey, such as DUI, Jay Silverberg has the experience to help you to obtain the best outcome in any criminal trial that may follow.
Quick, Effective and Affordable Legal Representation
When you are issued a traffic ticket, it is a stressful and potentially expensive experience. Established Central New Jersey attorney Jay Silverberg will provide easy to understand options and advice for addressing your legal issues. He offers direct and straightforward solutions to reduce fines and minimize the effects the traffic ticket has on your license and insurance. Call now to learn how an experienced New Jersey lawyer can assist you in disputing a traffic ticket, speeding ticket, truck ticket, suspension, or other moving violation.
Speak to Silverberg Law Firm LLC about Defending your Central New Jersey Traffic Ticket
If you are facing a serious traffic ticket or have several tickets against you, you need a strong lawyer on your side. Paying the fine or being convicted may be costly. At Silverberg Law Firm we understand that the consequences can be significant to you and your family. Speak to us as soon as possible. We have the experience and the commitment to protect your rights and minimize the risks you are facing.