Although the most commonly known traffic violations are speeding tickets, running stop signs or red lights, red light camera tickets, and DUI or DWI charges, there are many other kinds of traffic violations that you could get nailed with if you are not familiar with New Jersey traffic laws. If you do get a ticket for one of these traffic violations, you need to be aware of the penalties that are associated with New Jersey traffic tickets, which often go beyond simply paying a fine.
New Jersey, like many states, operates under a point system that adds a certain number of points to your driver’s license based on how severe your traffic violation was. Values of these points range from 2 to 8 under New Jersey law. While you may think that the points added to your license don’t affect you, they can add up quickly, and pretty soon you are facing even harsher consequences than the fine you originally had to pay. After six points are added to your license, you will be required to pay surcharges, which are payments that you are responsible for on top of any fines or other financial penalties you are required to pay. In addition, New Jersey law allows car insurance companies to raise your monthly premiums for up to three years after your violation occurred. Then, if your license accumulates twelve points, you could have your license suspended entirely, and you will not be able to travel freely for a certain period of time.
Here are some other common traffic violations and their corresponding point values in New Jersey:
- Failure to observe the direction of a police officer — 2 points
- Driving through a safety zone — 2 points
- Racing on a highway — 5 points
- Driving on the sidewalk — 2 points
- Failure to keep right — 2 points
- Improper passing on the right or off the roadway — 4 points
- Wrong way on a one way street — 2 points
- Passing in a no passing zone — 4 points
- Failure to observe traffic lanes and lane markers — 2 points
- Tailgating — 5 points
- Improper turn (including u-turns) — 3 points
- Failure to give a proper signal — 2 points
- Improper passing of a school bus — 5 points
- Leaving the scene of an accident with no personal injury involved — 2 points
- Leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury involved — 8 points
- Moving violation committed out of state — 2 points
What happens when you get one of these tickets? The first thing to do is to carefully read the ticket and understand what the expected penalties are. But do not assume that you have to admit your guilt, pay the fine, and be stuck with the points on your license. An excellent course of action when you get a ticket is to plead innocent, have your case heard in court, and hire a New Jersey traffic lawyer to work with you on your case.
Judges are rarely sympathetic to the defendant in traffic court cases, which are heard in New Jersey municipal courts. Usually, if the defendant comes in without a lawyer, the judge is much more willing to believe the police officer who wrote your ticket when they tell their side of the story. However, calling one of our experienced traffic lawyers to assist you with your case will make sure that the judge fully considers your side of the story. The records that your attorney will have access to will help prove a solid case on your behalf. Your New Jersey traffic attorney can help prove it if there was any reason why you could have committed your traffic violation in error, or they can demonstrate that the police officer who wrote your ticket was incorrectly trained or was in the wrong.
Traffic tickets are time sensitive things, so you should not wait or hesitate when it comes to handling your ticket. As soon as you decide to plead innocent so you don’t have to face the extensive penalties that could come with your traffic violation, call our offices. Our experienced lawyers specialize in fighting New Jersey traffic violations and will eagerly help you win your case. Contact us right away to get a free initial consultation set up to go over your case with one of our lawyers.