Atlantic County Traffic Offense Attorney

Traveling on New Jersey's roadways can be dangerous, as there were 525 fatal traffic accidents in 2018. The authorities are aggressively enforcing traffic laws in hopes of reversing this trend. Traffic violations may result in fines, license suspensions, increased insurance premiums, and even jail time. Drivers with an upcoming court appearance for a serious violation(s) should consult with an experienced defense attorney.

Court Venue for Traffic Cases

The majority of traffic cases in New Jersey are handled in the Municipal Courts, of which there are 20 in Atlantic County. Exceptions apply to the most serious types of violations such as DWI that are elevated to the Superior Court level.

Atlantic County 07/2018 – 06/2019

Cases Added

DWI

1,762

Traffic

98,346

Parking

28,308

Court Appearance Requirements

Certain minor traffic offenses may be resolved without a court appearance. This involves completing the Appearance, Plea, and Waiver section on the back of the traffic ticket and submitting a payment for the amount indicated. This is not an option when the “court appearance required” box is checked.

Point Accumulation

The Administrative Procedure Act authorizes the Division of Motor Vehicles to govern how “penalty points” are assessed for traffic offenses. Drivers that accumulate six points receive written cautionary notification. The accumulation of 12 points in two years results in a minimum 30-day driver's license suspension. Examples of the point value for specific violations are as follows:

  • Failing to observe traffic signals: Two
  • Failing to yield at an intersection: Two
  • Speeding: Ranges from two to five points
  • Reckless driving: five

Fines and Other Financial Consequences

Most violations are subject to a minimum fine. For example, reckless driving is punishable by an amount between $50 and $200 and driving with a suspended license carries a $500 fine. The court may allow defendants to enter a payment arrangement and/or may order the completion of community service. Drivers with a record of violations may also face increases in their automobile insurance premiums.

Failing to Appear in Court

Failing to appear in court for a traffic violation without reasonable cause creates additional legal problems. The court may issue a warrant for your arrest and suspend your driving privileges.

License Suspensions and Habitual Offenders

Many offenses are subject to license suspensions. After serving a suspension, the motorist must pay a restoration fee and satisfy other requirements of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Any motorist who accumulates three license suspensions in three years is deemed as a habitual offender.

Importance of Retaining Experienced Legal Representation

Your attorney will closely analyze the evidence, facts, and circumstances associated with the alleged violation(s). He or she may contest the allegations. In many instances, the court will agree to amend the charge to a less serious one. When there are multiple violations, a guilty plea on one charge may be negotiated in exchange for the others being dismissed or a similar favorable resolution.

Lawyer for New Jersey Traffic Violations

Joseph D. Lento is a seasoned defense attorney that aggressively represents clients charged with traffic violations. He will clearly explain your options and seek to minimize fines and other penalties. Contact the office at (888) 535-3686 for assistance. 

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