Traffic violations can be problematic for drivers for many reasons. Although much of the public will associate traffic violations with at most a fine and a possible increase in car insurance premiums, these offenses should always be taken seriously. Traffic violations can have both financial and legal consequences and failing to properly address them may lead a driver to forfeit their license, face serious fines, and potentially even spend time in jail.
While it may seem to be more convenient to simply pay any fine and move on from the traffic violation issued against you, failing to obtain legal advice and counsel may do more harm than good. A skilled and knowledgeable attorney will help you understand how the traffic violation could impact you both legally and financially and will also be able to advocate for a lesser penalty on your behalf. It is imperative to have the help of someone with an understanding of the traffic court system when addressing your traffic violations.
Moving Violations in NJ
New Jersey law identifies numerous moving violations, which occur whenever a driver commits an infraction while the vehicle is in operation. These violations can be as minor as failing to give a proper signal or as severe as allegations of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. Each infraction is set out in NJ traffic laws and each violation assesses a certain fine and number of points on your license as a penalty. Some of the more common moving violations include the following:
- Driving Under the Influence
- Driving While on a Cell Phone
- Running a Red Light/Stop Sign
- Careless and Reckless Driving
- Failure to Properly Signal
- Driving While Suspended
The list above is not comprehensive and there are potentially hundreds more moving violations that may be issued to drivers. Not only can fines be costly but if you accrue a certain number of points on your license, you may face additional fees and your license may even be in jeopardy. An experienced attorney can negotiate with traffic prosecutors to agree to lesser charges and no points whenever possible.
Driving While Suspended
In New Jersey, it is against the law for people to drive if their licenses have been either suspended or revoked. Even though driving while suspended is strictly against the law, many individuals continue to drive without a valid license for a number of reasons. No matter what the reason, however, individuals convicted of driving while suspended may face significant fines, jail time, or both. In fact, New Jersey law requires that repeat offenders face mandatory time in jail.
To be convicted of driving while suspended, the state must show that the driver was 1) operating a vehicle and 2) that the driver’s driving privileges were suspended at the time of the infraction. This is true even if the driver’s privileges were suspended in another state. Although the elements for proving driving while suspended may seem simple and straightforward, drivers may have available legal defenses. A knowledgeable and experienced attorney will be able to assess the facts surrounding your suspended driving charges in order to determine whether or not any defenses may apply to your case.
Consequences of Traffic Violations in NJ
As discussed above, different New Jersey traffic violations carry different penalties. These penalties may carry a combination of points, fines, or suspension of driving privileges. For example, a speeding ticket may assess points against a driver’s license in addition to a hefty fine based on the speed of travel. If the driver has accrued a certain number of points against their license within three years, they may face a suspension of driving privileges as a result of the accumulated traffic offenses. In addition to fines and points, serious traffic violations may also result in time behind bars.
Drivers may also face financial repercussions from third parties due to traffic convictions. These can include increases or cancellation of insurance premiums as well as the payment of damages to victims who bring a civil suit against the driver for injuries caused by the traffic violation.
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It is important to consider the legal repercussions of what you may consider to be a minor traffic violation. Drivers may face increased fines, points assessed against their license, a suspension/revocation of driving privileges, jail time, or other consequences if they do not have skilled legal representation. The attorneys at the Maduabum Law Firm, LLC have both a comprehensive understanding of New Jersey’s traffic laws as well as the experience necessary to aggressively advocate for reduced charges on your behalf. Fill out our contact form or call us today at 973-732-1490 for a consultation.