How to Fight a Traffic Ticket in New Jersey

Two Choices: Plead Guilty or Not Guilty?

how-to-fight-a-traffic-ticket-in-new-jerseyIf you have received a traffic ticket in New Jersey, you have two choices. You can plead guilty and pay the fine on the ticket, thereby accepting any points that come with it, or you can plead not guilty and fight the traffic ticket in court.

If you choose to plead guilty, […]

The True Cost of a Traffic Ticket in New Jersey

cost of a traffic ticketA New Jersey traffic ticket can effect far more than just your wallet. Most drivers are aware that a traffic ticket comes with a fine and possibly points on your license. However, what many do not understand is that there can be additional costs.

Besides the basic fine and points, there can state surcharges, increased insurance premiums, insurance penalties, license […]

The Most Common New Jersey Traffic Violations

common traffic violationsTitle 39 of the New Jersey Statutory Code contains the traffic code for the State. Within the traffic code are various individual statutes that provide the basis for the traffic tickets issued by NJ law enforcement and police. The traffic code is vast, and there are many statutes to choose from when issuing a ticket or exploring alternatives to […]

Avoiding a Traffic Ticket in New Jersey

Best Practices for Staying Safe and Maybe Even Avoiding that Traffic Ticket in New Jersey

avoid a traffic ticketClearly, the most effective way to avoid a traffic stop and a ticket is to not be pulled over in the first place. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, even the most careful driver may make a mistake now and […]

Reasons for a Traffic Stop

reasons for a traffic stopSo, you’re driving along, minding your own business when you see those flashing lights in your rearview mirror and you think, “Hey! What did I do? Can he do that?” The answer is “probably”, but forewarned is forearmed. So read on to learn how, when and why law enforcement officers can, and probably […]

Your Rights During a Traffic Stop

Rights during a traffic stopIn New Jersey, a law enforcement official (LEO) must have reasonable suspicion in order to legitimately pull a motorist over. However, even if you don’t believe the police have the legal right to stop you, you must pull over when signaled to do so.

Your rights and obligations during a stop, as well as […]

The New Jersey Points Reduction Statute: N.J.S.A. 39:5-30.9

The traffic code for the State of New Jersey contains a statute that specifically addresses the reduction of points from a driver’s license, N.J.S.A. 39:5-30.9. This statute provides as follows:

Points recorded against a licensee shall be reduced at the rate of three points for each 12 consecutive months in which the licensee has not committed any violation either resulting in the assessment of points […]

How Should I Dress for my New Jersey Municipal Court Appearance?

As a rule of thumb, defendants in New Jersey Municipal Court proceedings should wear business casual attire at a minimum. Municipal Court is a solemn and dignified environment. The court is presided over by a judge, who will make decisions affecting your life, liberty and freedom. Judges can assess an array of fines, send people to jail, suspend driving privileges, and more. In court, judges wear robes, lawyers wear suits, […]

New Jersey Municipal Court Plea Bargaining Guidelines

The Guidelines for Operation of Plea Agreements in the Municipal Courts of New Jersey were created by the New Jersey Supreme Court for the purpose of establishing the responsibilities and limitations of municipal court prosecutors. Importantly, Guideline No. 4, entitled “Limitation,” provides as follows:

No plea agreements whatsoever will be allowed in drunken driving or certain drug
offenses. Those offenses are:

A. Driving while under the influence of liquor or […]

DUI Appeals in New Jersey

dwi appealsBeing convicted of Driving Under the Influence in New Jersey can be a devastating experience. Your reputation, career, and livelihood are all at stake. Once formally convicted of a DUI, you may think you have no recourse, but that is not always the case. In some instances, you may be able to appeal your DUI conviction.

Can I Appeal My […]