You’re enjoying a drive down Washington Avenue through the fascinating city of Burlington, taking in the sights and enjoying the quaint houses and scenery of the town. In a place as pretty as Burlington, it is easy to get distracted and to make a few relatively minor driving mistakes. It is easy to miss a stop sign or to accidentally turn down a one way street. You could accidentally run a red light if the yellow light was a little shorter than you expected it to be, or you could fail to yield correctly at a four way stop because you were confused about the number of stop signs. But before you know it, a member of the Burlington police force has pulled you over and has handed you that dreaded piece of paper known as the traffic ticket.
You’re probably more than a little upset that your day in Burlington has been spoiled by your ticket, and you may think that the easiest thing to do is to pay the fine and forget that it ever happened. Unfortunately, under New Jersey law, it will be difficult to forget about your ticket, because it could result in consequences that will stick with you for much longer than it will take to pay the fine.
If you’re familiar with New Jersey traffic law, you know about the point system that assigns different traffic violations a certain number of points that get added to your driver’s license if you are charged with them. For example, failing to stop at a stop sign or traffic light is two points, an improper turn is three points, and speeding fifteen miles above the speed limit is four points. After six points have been added to your license for various traffic violations, New Jersey law says that you will have to pay surcharges on top of any fines you are slapped with, and your insurance company can jack up your premiums for as long as three years. And after twelve points have been added to your license, your freedom to drive around Burlington could be sorely compromised because your license could be suspended. Even worse, get charged with a DUI and you can expect some probable jail time.
However, you should not worry unduly about what to do in the aftermath of your traffic ticket. Once you decide to not simply accept your guilt at face value and pay the fine, you can plead innocent to your ticket with the help of a skilled and experienced Burlington traffic ticket lawyer. Because we specialize in New Jersey traffic tickets, we will provide you with better legal service than a general practice lawyer and will be there throughout the case to fight for your case.
If this is your first time in traffic court, you should know that going by yourself is rarely a good option. Judges in traffic courts often ignore the arguments made by defendants without lawyers, siding instead with the police officer who wrote your ticket and only listening to their side of the story. Having a lawyer on your side will not only make the judge more likely to listen to your case, but it will also allow you to have stronger supporting evidence because your attorney can access certain documents and records to strengthen the argument against your ticket. If the stop sign you ran through was obstructed or if the speed trap you got caught in was set unfairly, your lawyer will know just how to prove it to the judge.
But if this is not your first time in traffic court, you could be facing even harsher penalties from traffic judges who are rarely sympathetic to repeat offenders. If you are facing a second or third DUI charge, you are almost helpless in court without a lawyer on your side. Our Burlington traffic attorneys will handle your case regardless of if it is your first offense or your tenth. We won’t deem you a higher risk if you have been in traffic court before. No matter the circumstances, we will make sure that you don’t suffer for years because of a simple traffic mistake. In the same vein, we do not charge our clients enormous fees, because paying a lawyer to help you should be significantly less expensive than facing years of fines, surcharges, and higher insurance premiums. We also offer free consultations so that you contact us as soon as possible about your case with no pressure and so we can get started building your case right away.