All you want to do is come home from your busy day working in Pennsauken. You’ve almost made it to your house and are trying to get home to relax. Maybe you are tired or distracted by your busy day. You think that you have a bit longer to drive through the intersection when the light is yellow, but instead it turns red faster than you expected. Then you see blue lights in your rearview mirror, and you’ve been pulled over and issued a ticket for running a red light.
This may not be your first traffic ticket, but if it is, you might not be entirely sure what to do about your ticket. Should you worry about it? Should you just pay the fine and hope it goes away? The best course of action is to pause for a moment and recognize that you do not have to admit guilt simply because you got the ticket. In fact, you can have your case heard before a judge in municipal court, and with the assistance of a skilled and experienced Pennsauken traffic ticket lawyer, you can plead not guilty and have a great chance of having the penalties from your ticket reduced or eliminated altogether.
As an overview, New Jersey traffic law bases the vast majority of its traffic ticket penalties on a point system, where points are added to your driver’s license based on the offense and its severity. Offenses that are not likely to cause severe harm to other drivers, such as running a stop sign or failing to yield, result in two points being added to your driver’s license. However, offenses that could cause real harm to another person, whether another driver, passenger, or pedestrian, result in higher points. Tailgating, reckless driving, and passing a school bus while it is unloading are all offenses that cause five points to be added to your license. The amount of the points for each violation is important to know, because they will all add up as they accumulate on your license. As soon as you reach six points on your license (which can happen after as few as two traffic violations), New Jersey law requires that you pay something called a surcharge, based on the number of points over six that you have on your license, in addition to whatever fines or fees you owe for the violation. The law also permits your car insurance company to up your insurance premiums significantly, which can seriously affect your finances. And as soon as you get twelve points on your license, your license could be suspended, leaving you without the ability to drive yourself anywhere for a period of time.
It is important to note that the consequences for DUIs are a little different. They do not result in any points being added to your license, but the penalties are more serious because of the dangers of drunk driving. On your first offense, you will have to pay a few hundred dollars in fines and possibly face jail time. These increase for multiple offenses or if you were driving with a very large amount of alcohol in your system.
These penalties are all significant and obviously should not be taken lightly. As soon as you decide to plead not guilty and have your case heard in an effort to have those penalties reduced, you need to get in touch with a Pennsauken traffic lawyer. Your attorney will know the best arguments to use in your defense and will probably know the judge that is hearing your case in the Pennsauken municipal court as well . This is to your benefit, because judges are usually not sympathetic to people who have been accused of committing traffic violations, especially if they do not have the representation of a traffic ticket attorney. However, working with a lawyer greatly increases your chance of having your case carefully considered in court. Your lawyer will formulate a strong defense to show that you were either wrongfully accused of the traffic violation or that you had a good reason for committing it (if you ran a stop sign to avoid getting hit, for example). You should not wait to have your case looked at by one of our lawyers so you can avoid such steep penalties.