How much can a traffic offense affect me?

On the road, it is important to drive safely. When individuals are caught driving dangerously, they may be issued a traffic violation. Although driving has become such an integral part of our daily life, individuals should still remember that it can lead to accidents. To maintain a certain level of safety, individuals need to monitor the road and practice safe driving. In order to maintain safety on the road, police need to make sure that drivers are practicing safe driving by following the laws of the road. Traffic offenses are not considered serious crimes, but they can lead to overwhelming consequences depending on the situation.

What qualifies as a traffic violation?

Traffic violations can include a range of unsafe practices. These violations can include speeding, driving with a suspended or revoked license, vehicular manslaughter, negligent driving, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and fraudulent use of a license. Another traffic violation can be using a cell phone while driving. These charges can lead to a variety of consequences based on the situation and the number of charges that the individual has faced previously. By cutting down on these traffic violations, it can create safer conditions on the road.

What penalties can I face?

These charges can result in fines of varying amounts, possible jail time and points on your license. If you are consistently receiving charges for traffic violations, your consequences can become even harsher. It is important to seek legal help or your car insurance may increase. Also, you may be able to elevate the situation to include a consideration of a suspension on your license. When individuals are charged with driving with a suspended license, they may face harsh penalties. If your license was suspended due to a driving while intoxicated charge and you were charged with driving with a suspended license, your consequences may increase due to the seriousness of a charge. Your license suspension may even be extended. In these cases, it is especially important to acquire the help of a professional attorney to best fight for your case.

How does the point system work?

If individuals are faced with a speeding ticket, they may get points on their driving record because of this charge. The number of points you receive can depend on how much over the speed limit you were going. For those driving one to 14 miles per hour over the speed limit, they may face a two-point violation. By going 15 to 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, you may be faced with a four-point violation. Those charged with speeding 30 miles per hour or more over the speed limit may face a five-point violation on their driving record.

If you have been charged with a crime in New Jersey, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your situation.