Everyone knows traffic tickets are a hassle, but sometimes they are much more than that. Depending on the type and number of traffic violations, you could face a lot more than fines, including license suspension, insurance rate hikes and even jail time. Paying the ticket and accepting the consequences that come might not be the right choice. The Law Office of Michael A. Policastro will work hard to protect your driving privileges, your insurance costs, and your livelihood. Contact our firm to discuss your legal matter and get the representation you deserve.
Speeding Tickets in New Jersey
A speeding ticket can impact one’s driving record and wallet immensely. Depending on the traffic violation, including the speed of travel, one can face a variety of consequences. A careless driving ticket is a 2-point violation. The point system otherwise is quite simple and relates to the speed the driver is going. It is as follows:
- 1-14 miles per hour over the speed limit: 2-point violation
- 15-30 miles per hour over the speed limit: 4-point violation
- 30 miles per hour or more over the speed limit: 5-point violation
For those who get 6+ points on their license may be subject to a surcharge. Those who get 12 or more points on one’s driving record will most likely face license suspension.
Those who drive irresponsibly and wantonly dangerously may face a reckless driving ticket. Some of the situations that call for reckless driving tickets include being arrested for a DWI, willfully damaging property, and, in some cases, speeding in excess of 30 mph. Those who get this ticket can face 5 points on their license, possible jail time, overwhelming fines, and a suspended license. For a second offense, one can face even greater fines, a greater amount of jail time, and a license suspension.
Cell Phone Violation
Getting caught using a cell phone while driving in New Jersey has become a much greater violation. As studies have shown, using a cell phone while driving is 6 times more dangerous than driving under the influence. While this ticket used to be a little fine, it now can be hundreds of dollars and, if caught subsequent times, can lead to points on one’s license.
Driving with a suspended license
Whether your license was revoked for a DWI or too many accumulated points, continuing to drive is illegal. Getting caught can subject a person to a range of consequences. The fines for this violation start at $500 and can lead to the extension of the license suspension. If a person was to be arrested for driving because his or her license was suspended for a DWI, that person could face jail time. In general, a guilty party may be subject to state surcharges of $250 per year for 3 years.
Contact our firm if you are issued traffic violations
Whether you face speeding tickets, a citation for an unlicensed driver, a cell phone violation, or reckless driving, the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro knows what is at stake. Losing your license can mean losing your job. We will do everything possible to resolve our clients’ cases as favorably as possible. Contact the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro for a consultation.