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Woodbridge Speeding Ticket Lawyers
There are a slew of roadways that converge in Woodbridge which make it a major transportation hub and source of thousands of speeding tickets annually. The Township is home to major sections of the state’s busiest highways including the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike and U.S. Route 1. Edison and East Brunswick have less but similar volume so it certainly does not surprise our lawyers if you received a speeding ticket in one of these municipalities, as well as another in Middlesex County. Our team of former municipal prosecutors are skilled motor vehicle offense defense attorneys who have defended thousands of clients with success in towns like Woodbridge, Edison and East Brunswick. In fact, we do so much work in these communities that we have both a Woodbridge Office and East Brunswick Office. If you are looking for a lawyer that can get results, call our office at 732-634-0700 for a free consultation.
Middlesex County Speeding Charge
The law that applies in speeding cases is N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. This statute states that:
§ 39:4-98. Rates of speed
Subject to the provisions of R.S. 39:4-96 and R.S. 39:4-97 and except in those instances where a lower speed is specified in this chapter, it shall be prima facie unlawful for the driver of a vehicle to drive it at a speed not exceeding the following:
a. Twenty-five miles per hour, when passing through a school zone during recess, when the presence of children is clearly visible from the roadway, or while children are going to or leaving school, during opening or closing hours;
b. (1) Twenty-five miles per hour in any business or residential district;
(2) Thirty-five miles per hour in any suburban business or residential district;
c. Fifty miles per hour in all other locations, except as otherwise provided in the “Sixty-Five MPH Speed Limit Implementation Act,” pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1997, c.415.
Explanation of the Speeding Law. There basically three ways for the police in Edison or another town to prove that you were speeding. The first way of proving a speeding case is through pace. The police officer must position his patrol car in the same direction of the target so that he can mimics the speeding that a motorist is driving. This method is supposed to allow your speed to be approximated for purposes of determining whether you are violating 39:4-98. The second way to prove a speeding charge and the one that is most widely used, is through radar. The K-55 radar is the most common of these devices and can be used in both stationary and moving mode. To prove a speeding offense based on radar, the prosecutor must present an up to date radar certification card for the officer, tuning fork certifications for those used to calibrate the radar, and a calibration report showing the the radar was tested and in good working order at the time of the traffic stop. The third manner in which the state can prove speeding is by using laser. Irrespective of which one of these approaches is used as the basis to issue a speeding ticket, it is important for you to keep in mind that it is not necessary for the state to establish a specific speed.
Penalties and Points for Speeding. If you have received a ticket for speeding in New Jersey, the number of motor vehicle points (Points for Traffic Offenses), assessed on your license depends on the speed at which you exceeded the legal limit. If you are clocked going 1-14 mph over the legal speed limit, you will receive a two (2) point ticket. If you are clocked going 15-29 mph over the legal speed limit, you will receive a four (4) point ticket. If you are clocked going 30 mph or more over the legal speed limit, you will receive a (5) point speeding ticket. Further, you may receive a ticket for reckless driving under N.J.S.A. 39:4-96 if you are clocked at an excessively high speed. This additional ticket also involves five (5) points on your license. Our lawyers frequently secure downgrades of speeding to unsafe operation under N.J.S.A. 39:4-98.2. This resolution allows a driver to avoid points on his or her license but triggers both a substantial fine and a one-time motor vehicle surcharge. It should be noted, however, that there is an exception where a motorist pleads or is found guilty under 39:4-98.2 more than two times in a five (5) year period. A third unsafe driving violation in this manner results in four (4) points.
Edison NJ Speeding Offense Attorney
Speeding is clearly the most common motor vehicle offense encountered by drivers in Middlesex County. This should not be misconstrued into believing that a speeding offense is, however, something that can be taken lightly. If you are convicted of driving at high rate of speed (e.g. 95 mph or higher) or dramatically over the limit (e.g. 40 mph over the limit), it is not unusual to have your license suspended. There are also significant financial consequences that flow from a speeding conviction in Edison, East Brunswick or Woodbridge. The key in our view is to avoid a conviction in the first instance rather than allow points and ramifications to accumulate until such a point that you are facing a notice of prepared suspension or can no longer afford your insurance. This is where an attorney at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can assist you. The lawyers on our team routinely avert a guilty finding for speeding and can secure a similar outcome for you. To speak to a lawyer immediately in a free consultation, call 732-227-1200.