You’ve spent a great day shopping, eating, and drinking in Deptford. Maybe it’s your first time in the area, and because you are unfamiliar with the streets around you, you get lost or confused while navigating. This can leave you flustered and distracted and cause you to miss certain signs like stop signs or speed limit signs. Maybe you get caught up in some nasty traffic and end up driving a little too close to the car in front of you. But either way, a police officer sees you and issues you a ticket, something that is more and more common as more cities are using traffic tickets as a way to generate money for operations.
New Jersey traffic laws are intended to punish people who violate traffic laws, and in many cases they can be extremely harsh and affect you for years to come. Fortunately, just as with any other court case, you have the right to plead not guilty to your traffic ticket and have your case heard before a municipal court judge. This is when getting in touch with a Deptford traffic ticket lawyer is in your best interest. They can help fight your case and create a strong defense for you to have your penalties reduced or have the ticket dismissed by a judge.
Once you decide to plead not guilty to your traffic ticket, your case will go to the Deptford municipal court. A judge will listen to your side of the story about what happened to cause your traffic ticket, and they will also listen to the police officer who was responsible for writing your ticket. Unfortunately, judges are generally more willing to hear the police officer’s side of the story than yours, because they usually assume that the police officer was right to issue you your ticket and that you were in the wrong. However, they are often more willing to listen to your side of the story when you have a skilled Deptford traffic ticket attorney representing you. Their knowledge of New Jersey traffic laws and of the Deptford area means that they can demonstrate clearly why the traffic violation happened in the first place. If they can prove that it was not your fault because a sign was hidden or the traffic light stopped working momentarily, you can have your penalty reduced or your ticket dismissed. There are plenty of other defenses your lawyer can use to keep you from having to suffer from all of the negative penalties you could receive because of your traffic ticket.
The primary penalty you will face as a result of your traffic ticket is a certain number of points added to your driver’s license. New Jersey’s point system, similar to the points system in other states, assigns a specific number of points to different traffic violations. If you commit one of those violations, the corresponding number of points will be added to your driver’s license and will remain on record. After six points have been added to your license, your car insurance premiums can legally be increased by your insurance company, and you will have pay an additional surcharge as well as any fines or fees you owe from your traffic violations. Then, if the points add up to twelve or more total, your license will likely be suspended and you won’t be able to drive yourself around freely.
Some violations are considered less serious and thus result in lower fines and less points added to your license. Violations that add two points to your license includes failure to keep right or to yield, careless driving, failure to stop at stop signs or red lights, and failing to signal correctly. Violations that add three or more points include tailgating, incorrect passing in a no passing zone, improperly passing an unloading school bus, racing on the highway, or speeding more than thirty miles an hour above the speed limit.
Working with your Deptford traffic lawyer will help you fight these serious penalties that will affect your life for years. Don’t hesitate — call our offices right away.