Mercer County Traffic Offense Attorney

There were more than 36,000 roadway fatalities across the U.S. in 2018. An estimated 536 such deaths occurred in New Jersey that year.  Agencies at the state, county, and local levels are taking action to improve safety partly through enhanced enforcement of traffic laws.  Here in Mercer County, the majority of motorists charged with traffic violations will have their cases heard in the 12 Municipal Court venues.

Mercer County 07/2018 – 06/2019

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Traffic Court Appearance

Some minor traffic violations are maybe “waived.” This means that the driver accepts responsibility for committing the infraction and simply pays the fine without appearing in court. It is still strongly recommended that drivers consult with a defense attorney in these instances.

Failing to Appear in Court

Those charged with violations must appear in court as required. A failure to comply may result in having a warrant for your arrest issued and your driver's license automatically suspended.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)

Among the most serious violations is driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. First-time offenders may be subject to the following penalties:

  • Fines of between $250 and $500
  • A requirement to attend an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) or similar program
  • Payment of an annual surcharge for three years
  • A maximum of 30 days in jail may be imposed
  • A suspension of driving privileges and/or an order requiring an ignition interlock device (IID) be installed in their vehicle for monitoring potential alcohol consumption

Fines Imposed and Increased Auto Insurance Rates

Those found to have committed a traffic infraction may be required to pay fines, court costs, and more. The court may allow these penalties to be paid in installments. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation maintains a driving record for each motorist. Automobile insurance companies routinely review the records of those they insure and may increase premiums when violations occur.

Most traffic violations result in “penalty points” being added imposed. For example, minor violations such as failing to make a complete stop result in two points. Any driver that accrues 12 points is subject to a driver's license suspension.

New Jersey Surcharge Violation System (NJSVS)

Drivers that have accrued six points over the previous three years must pay a $150 annual surcharge. This penalty increases by $25 for each subsequent point beyond six. Certain serious offenses result in three consecutive annual surcharges. For example, drivers with a suspended license results in a $250 surcharge, which translates to $750 over three years.

How to Properly Choose Legal Representation

Serious traffic-related offenses can have serious repercussions; therefore, individuals alleged to have committed these infractions should promptly consult with an attorney. When selecting counsel it is important to ensure that your attorney is well-versed in this specific realm of legal practice.

New Jersey Lawyer for Defense of Traffic Violations

Have you been charged with a traffic offense(s) and have an upcoming court appearance? Joseph D. Lento is an attorney that will protect your rights and pursue a positive resolution on your behalf. Contact his office today at (888) 535-3686.

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