The consequences of a conviction for a traffic violation in New Jersey can be severe. In addition to fines and points on your driving record, you may also end up paying higher insurance premiums; a conviction for a serious traffic violation can result in a license suspension and even jail time. With so much at stake, it is crucial to consult with an experienced traffic violations attorney.
Rosenblatt Law, PC represents clients in Hackensack and the surrounding areas who have been charged with traffic violations. Lead attorney Raphael Rosenblatt is a former prosecutor and seasoned criminal defense lawyer who knows his way around municipal courts.
Regardless of the violation, our firm takes traffic tickets seriously and so should you. The best way to avoid penalties and protect your driving privileges is to have an experienced New Jersey traffic ticket and municipal court attorney on your side. Contact our office today to set up a consultation.
New Jersey Traffic Violations Handled by Rosenblatt Law, PC
Our experienced attorneys handle the full spectrum of traffic violations:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Failing to observe a traffic signal
- Unsafe lane change
- Improper passing
- Reckless driving
- Careless driving
- Driving while suspended
- Leaving the scene of an accident
The fines for traffic violations in New Jersey vary based on factors such as the type of violation and whether you have prior traffic convictions. Some cost as little as $50, while others may be hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Regardless of the amount of the fine, you should think carefully about simply signing and returning a traffic ticket. By doing so, you admit guilt and the infraction will become a conviction that can be listed on your motor vehicle record permanently. Additionally, even if your case seems clear-cut, there may be a way to limit your fines and/or points with the assistance of an experienced attorney. It is therefore important to speak with an experienced traffic ticket and municipal attorney about your options before merely pleading guilty and accepting the fines and points to be imposed.
Points for New Jersey Traffic Violations
If you are convicted for a traffic violation in the state, points may be added to your driver’s license and driving record. The point system is harsh, ranging from 2 to 8 points for any single specific violation. The more serious the traffic violation, the higher the points. If you acquire 6 points within 3 years, you will be required to pay a surcharge to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). Moreover, reaching 12 points within 2 years will result in a license suspension. Finally, if you have a New Jersey driver’s license and are convicted of a traffic violation in another state (excluding Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin) you may receive points in New Jersey.
It is worth noting that 3 points come off your driving record each year that you go without being convicted of a new traffic violation. Also, 2 points are removed from your driver’s license when you complete an MVC-approved defensive driving course.
Mandatory Appearance Tickets in New Jersey
In some cases, a traffic ticket may indicate “Court Appearance Required,” in which case you must appear in traffic court on the date noted. Paying the ticket online or by mail is not an option; you must appear in person. It is wise to have an experienced traffic violations and municipal court attorney represent you who can seek a dismissal or reduction of the charges.
The consequences for failing to appear in court are serious. The court may send a notice of the missed court appearance with instructions on how to resolve the situation. If you fail to do so, a bench warrant for your arrest may be issued, and the MVC may suspend your driver’s license until the matter is resolved.
Serious Traffic Violations in New Jersey
Certain traffic violations are serious and carry much higher fines and even the risk of jail time, such as:
- Driving under the influence
- Driving with a suspended license
- Reckless driving
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Violations
Given the penalties are even harsher for a serious traffic violation than the average traffic ticket, it is crucial to have an experienced traffic violations attorney handle your case.
Why Choose Us
It is a mistake to simply pay a traffic ticket or appear in traffic court without proper legal representation. In New Jersey, unlike most states, a traffic offense remains on your driving record permanently, which could mean higher insurance premiums going forward. Moreover, traffic violations are “strict liability offenses,” which means that you will be convicted if prosecutors can show the offense occurred.
The best way to avoid a conviction and harsh fines is to work with the experienced traffic violations attorneys at Rosenblatt law. When you become our client, we will take the time to review your case, help you explore your options, and choose the best line of defense. Regardless of which traffic violation(s) you have been charged with, we will work to protect your driving privileges and your freedom.
Contact Our Experienced New Jersey Traffic Violations Attorneys
Being ticketed for a traffic violation does not mean you will be convicted, as long as you have an experienced traffic ticket attorney in your corner. Contact our office today to learn how we can help.