You are finishing up your daily commute from Philly back home to Camden, and your usually short drive has turned into a nightmare with traffic. You finally get out of the worst of it and are so tired of sitting in your car that you drive just a little bit too fast in an effort to get home at a reasonable time. And as luck would have it, you get pulled over by a Camden police officer and issued a ticket.
Getting a traffic ticket in any large urban area is not uncommon, because of the number of people driving around and commuting to and from work. But that does not make it any less stressful when it happens to you. Plus, traffic tickets can have some serious effects on your life and your livelihood. You should not take your traffic ticket lightly.
You should also know that you do not have to accept your guilt at face value. You have the right to contest any traffic ticket you receive, and there are often many circumstances that mean the ticket was not issued correctly or based on faulty information. In fact, it is often in your best interest to fight your traffic ticket in court. The consequences of traffic tickets can be steep. You can have points added to your license based on the New Jersey DMV points system, pay a steep fine, or, if you get charged with a DUI, even spend some time in jail. With penalties like these, it is not worth just accepting your guilt, paying your fine, and thinking that you can just move on, because those penalties can stick with you for a long time. You need to speak to a Camden traffic lawyer to help you with your case when you take it to court.
What kinds of penalties are you looking at for your traffic ticket? Different tickets will result in different penalties under New Jersey traffic law. Common examples include speeding, reckless driving, and DUIs. A speeding ticket results in different points added to your license depending on how fast above the speed limit you were going. Less than fifteen miles above the limit will get you two points on your license, but over thirty miles above the limit gets you five points on your license. Reckless driving results in five points on your license. DUIs do not result in points on your license, but they result in hundreds of dollars in fines and potential jail time, as well as other fees for rehabilitation.
Although the points may seem like a relatively minor penalty, they can add up quickly and can have serious and lasting effects on your life. If you get six points on your license (which is easy to do with only two violations of certain kinds), you will have to pay surcharges under New Jersey law in addition to whatever fines or fees you already owe for the ticket. In addition, your car insurance company has the right to escalate your monthly premiums. These can seriously hurt your finances and affect your lifestyle.
If you have gotten any kind of traffic violation, call your Camden traffic ticket attorney to help you handle your case in the Camden Municipal Court (http://www.ci.camden.nj.us/municipal-court/). Your case will go before a judge and your side of the story will be weighed against the story given by the police officer who wrote your ticket. Your lawyer can help you create a strong defense to show that the police officer pulled you over without cause, or that the radar gun that caught you speeding malfunctioned. They can even get the documents and records to prove that the breathalyzer test you took gave wrong readings when you were pulled over for a DUI. Without the help of an attorney, you will have a difficult time convincing the judge that the police officer was wrong and that you were right. However, a strong defense built by your lawyer can save you from the lasting repercussions of a traffic ticket, and working with a lawyer will call you much less than facing fines, surcharges, and other fees from your ticket. Get your case started right away by calling our offices.