New Jersey Traffic Court Lawyers
Speeding tickets occur so frequently in our society that they may seem harmless. This is not the case in New Jersey with penalties that cost many drivers the privilege of carrying a driver’s license, as well as great sums of cash for higher insurance premiums. Speeding tickets, under N.J.S.A.39:4-98, have varying penalties based on how many miles per hour (mph) over the speed limit a motorist may have been driving and where the speeding violation took place. Individuals with speeding violations may find themselves at the mercy of the prosecutor without the assistance of a skilled New Jersey traffic and municipal court attorney.
Guidelines for Speeding Ticket Penalties
The number of mph over the speed limit will dictate the maximum number of points that can be placed on an individual’s driving record. Points are to be avoided at all costs because they result in insurance surcharges and too many points result in a license suspension. A driver ticketed up to 14 mph over the limit can receive up to 2 points. Going 15 to 29 mph over the limit is a possible 4 points. Anything 30 mph or above is a potential 5 points on an individual’s driving record. The New Jersey traffic court lawyers at the Moorestown, NJ Law Offices of Michele Finizio will aggressively contest the points that could potentially affect New Jersey resident’s driving records.
The court has discretion in the amount of the monetary fine, but there are typical guidelines traffic and municipal courts follow. The fines will not include the court costs incurred when fighting a speeding ticket in court. The court cost is usually $33. Fines may be doubled if the speeding offense occurred in a Safe Corridor, Construction Zone, or 65 mph zone. They are as follows:
- 1-9 mph over speed limit: $81 fine, or $136 if in a Safe Corridor, Construction Zone, or 65 mph zone
- 10-14 mph over speed limit: $91 fine, or $156 if in a Safe Corridor, Construction Zone, or 65 mph zone
- 15-19 mph over speed limit: $101 fine, or $176 if in a Safe Corridor, Construction Zone, or 65 mph zone
- 20-24 mph over speed limit: $196 fine, and fine is doubled for all violations over 20 mph
- 25-29 mph over speed limit: $216 fine, and fine may be doubled
- 30-34 mph over speed limit: $236 fine, fine may be doubled, and license faces suspension
- 35-39 mph over speed limit: $256 fine, fine may be doubled, and license faces suspension
‘Court Appearance Required’ may be marked on the speeding ticket which means appearance in court is mandatory. In these cases it is the best interest of the individual who received the traffic violation to seek experienced legal representation.
What Your Attorney Will Do for Your Speeding Ticket Case
More often than expected, the officer will make a mistake in issuing a ticket. The issue may be their own such as incorrectly identifying the statute or law that has been broken. This is often grounds to dismiss the ticket. It can also be an error in the equipment they are using to track vehicle speed such as their radar gun. The radar instrument must be tested prior to and after use as well as receiving periodic calibrations. If the speeding violation was measured by the officer’s pace, their vehicle’s speedometer must follow these same calibration requirements.
Above all, trial representation is very effective in fighting a speeding ticket. The time and resources needed for the prosecutor to take traffic violation cases to trial makes negotiations more favorable for individuals defending these types of citations. Prosecutors have experience with defense attorneys and know a skilled attorney will not allow their client to get an unfair shake.