What to Know About Fighting Traffic Violations and Speeding Tickets
New Jersey Traffic Ticket Attorney Helps with Reductions and Dismissals
Traffic tickets can be much more than a minor nuisance, especially in New Jersey, where the fine rates are among the highest in the country. In addition to fines, you may face court costs, surcharges for certain traffic violations and potentially even jail time. Usually, you will also receive points on your license, leading to higher insurance rates and possibly license suspension. It only takes 12 points on your driving record to have your license suspended in New Jersey. Due to the New Jersey point system for licenses, you should challenge every traffic ticket you receive to prevent this eventuality. Therefore, it is essential to have a knowledgeable New Jersey traffic ticket attorney on your side.
Since 1928, the criminal defense lawyers at Spevack Law Firm have successfully represented hundreds of drivers in and around Union and Monmouth Counties, as well as the surrounding New Jersey areas. We can help you fight traffic violations and avoid added points to your driving record, insurance rate hikes and expensive fines. We understand New Jersey traffic laws and will do everything we can to minimize any traffic charges and penalties you may be facing.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Speeding Ticket?
Besides the added financial burden of a fine, a New Jersey speeding ticket puts points on your driving record, inching you closer to a license suspension. What may have initially seemed like a small annoyance can end up being the reason you are later barred from driving your vehicle. Additionally, traffic violations on your record can increase your car insurance premium.
The consequences of speeding tickets can add up quickly. If you reach six points on your driving record within three years, each new point will cost you $25 in addition to the ticket fee and a $150 surcharge. The number of points you receive per speeding ticket depends on the severity of the alleged traffic violation. For example:
- Two Points – Speeding 1 to 14 mph over the limit
- Four Points – Speeding 15 to 29 mph over the limit
- Five Points – Speeding 30+ mph over the limit
Depending on the offense, just three tickets within three years could result in a suspended license. No one can predict the future, so it is best to protect yourself from the dangers of points on your record by challenging any traffic ticket you get, even a speeding ticket. A New Jersey speeding ticket lawyer may be able to help you fight to reduce or eliminate the penalties you face, depending on the facts of your case.
What are Other Common New Jersey Traffic Violation Charges?
Speeding is not the only offense that may result in a ticket, points on your license and other penalties. Other common violations include:
- Running a red light. Failure to stop can add 2 points to your license for a first offense.
- Leaving the scene of an accident. This can add 2 points to your license, if the car accident caused no injuries. However, leaving the scene of a crash that caused injuries is a much more serious violation, typically adding 8 points.
- Careless driving. Among the most common offenses, many careless driving tickets are issued to at-fault drivers in auto accidents. It can add 2 points to your license.
- Reckless driving. More serious than careless driving, recklessness on the road usually applies to extreme speeding and/or drunk driving. You may face adding 5 points to your license as well as heavy fines, jail time and/or license suspension.
- Unsafe lane changes. This violation usually refers to swerving into multiple lanes or cutting in and out of traffic. It may add 2 points to your license.
- Illegal turn. Improper turns across traffic and at stop lights as well as illegal U-turns may all add 3 points.
- Improper passing. Many different actions may qualify as improper passing, including passing on the right. This violation typically adds 4 points, unless a school bus is involved, which adds 5 points.
- Tailgating. Driving too close to the car ahead is a tailgating violation, which generally incurs 5 points.
- Driving without insurance. This is a serious offense in New Jersey; penalties include steep fines and license suspension, even for first offenses.
For multiple offenses, you may face even more severe penalties than those listed. In addition to traffic violations, our New Jersey criminal defense lawyers also have experience representing those facing charges for driving while intoxicated (DWI).
Protect Your Right to Drive: Call a New Jersey Traffic Ticket Attorney for Free Advice
Our law firm has a record of success in defending clients in and around Essex County and Union County against traffic violations. A speeding ticket lawyer from Spevack Law Firm can help you avoid burdensome points on your license and other penalties. If you face additional charges or violations, then we can work to get your penalties reduced or dropped.
We have offices in Iselin, New Brunswick and Teaneck, and we also accept clients from any of the surrounding counties and townships. If you have received a ticket for a traffic violation, then contact us today to learn how we can help.