It’s a weekend, and you’ve enjoyed a nice day in one of Willingboro’s many parks. Unfortunately, you are not the only person out and about. Traffic is bad, and you are just trying to travel as quickly and efficiently as possible. Your intentions may be good, but often in these circumstances people will commit traffic violations, both on purpose and by accident. Whether it is speeding, running red lights or stop signs, or other issues like failing to yield at intersections, it is likely that a Willingboro police officer will catch you and will issue you a traffic ticket.
Police officers are writing more tickets these days as cities and municipalities are using the revenues from traffic ticket fines as a way to support governmental functions. This is bad news for drivers, because it means that every little mistake you make while driving is likely to be noticed — and penalized — by law enforcement. But you do not have to accept your ticket and admit your guilt. You have every right to plead not guilty to your traffic ticket and to go to court instead. In fact, it is actually not a good idea to just pay your fine on your ticket and hope that that solves the problem. There are other penalties that come with traffic tickets in New Jersey besides a fine, and they do not go away when the fine is paid. They will stay on your record and could cost you a lot of money and even your ability to drive.
When you have made the choice to plead not guilty and take your case to court, you need to call a Willingboro traffic ticket attorney to help you with your case. By pleading not guilty, you will have to go to court at the Willingboro municipal court and present your case before a judge. The police officer who wrote your ticket will also present their reasons for writing the ticket. When this happens, the statistics are not in the favor of those who try to defend themselves without a lawyer. Judges do not look kindly upon people charged with traffic violations, and they usually only consider the police officer’s side of the incident. They can be especially harsh to people who have had more than one traffic violation on their record. This is why having a lawyer defend you and represent you is so important. They will give a strong defense that will make the judge consider your side of the story, whether it is demonstrating that the stop sign you ran was blocked by trees or bushes or whether it is finding documents to show that the breathalyzer test that showed you driving drunk was actually a faulty reading. This can help convince a judge to dismiss your traffic violation, or at least to have the penalties reduced.
The reason that it is in your best interest to have your penalties reduced is because under New Jersey law, you could be slapped with many different penalties for your driving that do not go away quickly and that could affect you for a long time after your ticket. Cumulatively, the penalties should not be taken lightly. One of the primary penalties those with New Jersey traffic tickets face is having points added to your driver’s license. This means that for every traffic violation, there is a corresponding number of points that go on your record as having been added to your license. The points can range from two to eight points, two points being for relatively minor infractions like failing to yield and eight points being for leaving an accident you caused in which someone was physically injured. Speeding and other similar violations like running red lights can also range from two to five points. This may not seem like a big deal, but after six points, you face paying a surcharge for each point over six on your license as well as seeing your car insurance premiums go up. After twelve points accumulate, your license will most likely be suspended, leaving you unable to drive yourself freely.
A Willingboro traffic ticket lawyer can help represent you and build a strong case so you don’t have to suffer these serious penalties because of one mistake you made behind the wheel.