Monmouth County Traffic Offense Attorney

Those who are stopped and cited for a traffic offense are reminded that driving is a privilege rather than a right. Agencies of law enforcement are aggressively enforcing traffic laws statewide in the interest of public safety. The majority of traffic cases are heard at the local Municipal Courts level. Monmouth County is home to 52 of these venues.

Monmouth County 07/2018 – 06/2019

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Costly Fines Imposed for Violations

Traffic violations are generally subject to a minimum fine. For example, a conviction for unsafe driving results in a penalty of between $50 and $150 for a first offense. Often courts will allow for fines to be paid in installments and may consider reducing fines in exchange for completing community service work.

Penalty Points Added to Driving Record

Many traffic offenses also carry penalty points that may be imposed on the driver's record. For example, a conviction of failing to yield to a pedestrian will result in two points being added. Any driver that accumulates 12 points is subject to a mandatory license suspension.

The New Jersey Surcharge Violation System (NJSVS)

When a driver accrues six points in three years they must pay an annual $150 surcharge. The surcharges are increased by $25 for each additional point accumulated. The same applies to many serious violations. For example, a conviction for driving with a suspended license carries a $250 surcharge and a DWI conviction results in a $1,000 surcharge.

Increased Auto Insurance Premiums developed a calculator tool that estimates the impact that certain violations have on auto insurance premiums (rates).  In New Jersey, those convicted of reckless driving can expect an average increase of 61%. Speeding violations increase rates by between 17 and 32%.

Serious Traffic Offenses and Penalties

  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI): First-time offenders may be fined between $250 and $500 and must complete an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) program. Offenders also may be sentenced to a maximum of 30 days in jail and may be ordered to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on their vehicle.
  • Reckless driving: A conviction may result in a fine of $50 to $200, five penalty points, and up to 60 days in jail.
  • Fleeing the scene of an accident (hit-and-run)
    • Without injuries: A fine of $200 to $400, a six-month license suspension, and up to 30 days in jail may be imposed.
    • With injuries: A fine of $2,500 to $5,000, a one-year license suspension, and up to 180 days in jail may be imposed.

Why Retain a Traffic Violation Attorney?

Drivers that simply plead guilty to traffic offenses are potentially subjecting themselves to unexpected penalties and may risk accumulating penalty points. It is always recommended that those charged with these violations consult with an attorney. An experienced traffic attorney may challenge the evidence; negotiate on your behalf, and work to minimize penalties.

Administrators serving in traffic courts are often tasked with managing an overwhelming volume of cases and may move hastily. Having an experienced lawyer will better ensure that you are afforded your right to due process in court.

Effective Representation for Traffic Offenses

Traffic violations today can be very costly and result in a host of other potential adverse consequences. Attorney Joseph D. Lento maintains a strong understanding of how to defend motorists in these matters. He employs unique defense tactics and negotiation strategies that seek to achieve positive outcomes. Contact the office today at (888) 535-3686 for a consultation.

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