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North Brunswick Traffic Ticket Attorney
If you recently received a North Brunswick traffic ticket for speeding, driving while suspended, driving without insurance, reckless driving or for some other moving violation, you might be considering pleading guilty and paying the fine simply to get rid of it. Before you plead guilty, how do you feel about paying more each year for your car insurance premiums or having to find a way to get to and from work because your license to drive has been suspended by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission? There are more consequences associated with a traffic ticket than the fine. Points on your license can result in it being suspended, and insurance companies take your driving record into consideration in determining whether to renew your policy and the rate you will pay.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have more than 100 years of collective experience defending traffic and motor vehicle cases in North Brunswick. Our defense team includes defense lawyers who worked as prosecutors, including a former prosecutor in the North Brunswick Municipal Court, so they understand the law and the strategies prosecutors use. Contact us today to speak to a lawyer about your North Brunswick traffic ticket and find out what we can do to help you avoid the consequences of a conviction. Call our New Brunswick office at (732) 246-7126 for an immediate free consultation.
Traffic Offenses in North Brunswick
New Jersey law treats your possession of a driver’s license as a privilege. Because it is not a right, the state can set standards and guidelines for you to obey in order to receive and keep your driver’s license. Obeying the state’s traffic laws is one of the requirements for keeping your license, so violating them results in a traffic ticket and fines imposed by a municipal court judge in North Brunswick. However, a conviction for violating the motor vehicle laws can have other consequences associated with it.
Separate and apart from the fines and other penalties imposed in North Brunswick Municipal Court, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission imposes points on your driving record for moving violations. The following are examples of the points associated with some of the more common moving violations:
Improper passing – 4 points
Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk – 2 points
Reckless driving – 5 points
Tailgating – 5 points
Failing to stop at traffic light – 3 points
Improper U-turn – 3 points
The points for a speeding violation depend upon how fast you were traveling. Up to 14 mph over the speed limit is two points, 15-29 mph over the limit is four points and 30 mph or more over the limit is five points.
Accumulating six points or more within a three-year period leads to a $150 surcharge assessed by MVC. An additional $25 surcharge for each point in excess of six is also imposed. If you fail to pay the surcharge, your license is suspended by the MVC, and there is a fee of $100 to get the license reinstated. Twelve or more points on your driving record will lead to a suspension of your driver’s license by MVC.
Fines, points and increased insurance premiums are not the only consequences associated with a traffic ticket in North Brunswick. Certain violations of the law, such as DWI in New Brunswick, have mandatory driver’s license suspensions associated with them. For example, conviction of possession of controlled dangerous substances in a motor vehicle brings with it a mandatory two year suspension of your license. Driving without insurance is a one year suspension for your first offense. There is a one day to six month suspension for a first conviction of driving while suspended.
North Brunswick NJ Traffic Ticket Defense Lawyer
Fighting a traffic tick in North Brunswick Municipal Court is the only way to avoid the penalties and consequences of a conviction. Protect your driver’s license and your driving record by speaking to an attorney at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall. There is no charge for the initial consultation, so call us today at (732) 246-7126 to speak to one of our lawyers. A skilled North Brunswick traffic ticket lawyer is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist you.