You’re headed to or from work in Voorhees, all part of your daily commute. You’ve done this trip a thousand times. But that doesn’t mean the roads are always the same. Maybe the police set up a particularly nasty speed trap at the bottom of a hill, or they put up a new speed limit sign just last night that you had not heard about and were not expecting. Maybe you just made a mistake in your drive and ran that stop sign that always sneaks up on you. But as luck would have it, you see those blue lights and you know you’ve been caught and that you’ll be issued a traffic ticket.
You are not alone — more and more people across the country are getting traffic tickets as police officers are writing them more frequently, in part as a way to generate some income for the city or township. You certainly will be expected to pay a fine to accompany your traffic ticket, as well as several other penalties that go with being charged with a traffic violation. A lot of people mistakenly assume that once they pay their fine, their traffic ticket basically disappears. This, unfortunately, is very wrong and can often lead to people feeling blindsided when the other penalties come back to haunt them. We feel that you should be informed about your traffic ticket and your options.
Your best option is to plead not guilty to your traffic ticket and have it heard in the Voorhees municipal court . You will be assigned a judge before whom you will have to present your side of the case, and they will also bring in the police officer who wrote your ticket to explain his or her side as well. Many people think that they can defend themselves in traffic court simply by explaining why they committed the violation. However, judges are rarely willing to seriously consider the defense of someone who got a traffic ticket who comes in without legal representation. Usually they will just assume that the police officer is telling the more accurate story and was justified in writing your traffic ticket. But if you work with a Voorhees traffic ticket lawyer, you have a much better chance of having the judge consider the reasons as to why you committed the traffic violation, if you even did so at all. Our experienced attorneys have proven that certain speed traps were set up extremely unfairly, or that the traffic sign you ignored was hidden from view. They can prove that police officers don’t have the right credentials to operate the radar gun they were using or the breathalyzer test you took, and sometimes even those can give false results. With a strong defense in court, you have a good shot at having the penalties from your traffic ticket reduced or having the ticket thrown out.
You also need to be aware of the kinds of penalties you will face if you don’t choose to take your case to court. New Jersey uses a point system to penalize traffic violations, with a certain point value assigned to different traffic violations based on how severe they are. Speeding is a good example of how the points system works in New Jersey, because the points for speeding increase as the speed increases. Driving one to fourteen miles per hour above the speed limit results in two points being added to your driver’s license. Driving fifteen to twenty-nine miles per hour above the limit results in four points added, and driving over thirty miles per hour above the limit results in five points. After six total points on your license, your car insurance premiums can go way up, and you will be forced to pay surcharges for each point over six you have on your license. After twelve points, your license could be suspended. The penalties are different for DUIs. On your first DUI, you will have to pay a fine of a few hundred dollars and will face some time behind bars as well as other fees related to the program for drunk drivers in New Jersey. The fines and jail time increase if you have a really high blood alcohol content level or if you have had previous DUIs in your history. If you don’t think it’s worth facing huge financial penalties, jail time, or not being able to drive, call a Voorhees traffic lawyer today to get your case started.