Maybe you’re a student traveling around your beloved college town, or a parent visiting their children at school, or even a resident of the lovely Princeton area. Maybe you’re enjoying a trip down Main Street or driving to Palmer Square for some shopping. But no matter what your reason for being in Princeton, it can quickly go sour if you get stuck with a traffic ticket.
Say you are following your GPS’s directions and it fails to tell you that you are actually about to turn the wrong way onto a one way street. You could have driven through a stop sign that you couldn’t see around a curb, or you couldn’t slow down fast enough when the speed limit suddenly changed. Maybe you had a little too much fun out with friends and got behind the wheel a little buzzed. But you ended up getting pulled over by a Princeton police officer and getting stuck with a ticket.
You may feel like you deserve the ticket, because you were technically breaking a traffic law. But it is important for you to know that simply paying a fine on a traffic ticket will probably not be the last you see of that ticket. If you’re a resident of New Jersey, you know that certain traffic violations will result in having points added to your driver’s license. Those points may not seem like a big deal until they add up. Having six points on your license (which is easy to get because many traffic violations are worth three points) means that under New Jersey law, you will have to pay surcharges as well as any fines or fees, and your insurance companies have the right to up your premiums for up to three years after the violation. If you have twelve points on your license, you can wave driving around Princeton goodbye, because your license could be suspended. Getting a DUI can also result in jail time, even if it is your first offense.
So what do you do if you can’t just pay the fine and make it all go away? The best thing to do is to call a Princeton traffic attorney. Rather than accepting your guilt, they can help you when you plead innocent to your traffic ticket and go to court to defend your case. Our lawyers specialize in fighting traffic tickets in New Jersey, and so our legal knowledge and expertise will be of invaluable assistance as you fight these harsh traffic penalties. We have been successful in reducing penalties associated with New Jersey traffic violations and even with having some tickets be dismissed.
Be aware that when you go to court, many judges will automatically side with the police officer over the defendant unless you have a lawyer arguing your case. Judges are more likely to listen to a case presented by a lawyer and to weigh it with great consideration against the word of the police officer, especially because your lawyer will have access to documents and records that could prove that the stop sign was obstructed or that the police officer wasn’t trained to use the speed gun properly. These kinds of arguments will help you win your case, and you would not be able to make them effectively without the assistance of a lawyer.
Maybe this is your very first traffic ticket, or maybe you have received several in your lifetime. Maybe this is the first DUI you have been charged with, or maybe it is a second or a third. It doesn’t matter — our lawyers are here for you to fight for your case, no matter what the circumstances. We simply feel that the penalties imposed on people who receive traffic violations are too steep, both financially and emotionally, to be taken at face value. We do not want to see anyone jailed for a mistake, to see anyone lose their ability to drive freely, or to see anyone lose money on steep fines, surcharges, and insurance premiums. This is why we keep our fees low and affordable; we know it will be much easier for you to afford working with one of our lawyers than to face the financial penalties of your ticket. According to the same idea, we provide free initial consultations for all of our clients to help understand the circumstances behind your ticket and to figure out the best way of fighting your case in traffic court.
The longer you wait, the harder it may be to fight your ticket, so call our offices right away at (856) 295-2100 to speak with an experienced Princeton traffic lawyer about your case.