Traffic Law Attorneys
Our firm places a special focus on traffic law, which means we are well-versed in the NJ Traffic Code and other applicable traffic laws. We frequent the municipal courts of Bergen County, and are familiar with the procedures, staff and judiciary in these courts.
Whether you received a moving violation, a DUI or were involved in a serious accident, we understand that there are a number of steps along the way between the event and the final outcome of your court case. We take the time to explain the legal process to our clients so that they can make informed decisions about their case.
Why Fight a Traffic Citation?
Often, people underestimate the significance of a traffic ticket and just pay tickets as they are issued without fully appreciating the impact of a guilty plea. Even the most minor traffic citations can add up and negatively affect you.
Repeated offenses, even relatively minor ones, can result in fines, court fees, surcharges, and increased insurance premiums. Often, it is the increased auto insurance premiums that hurt the most, as insurance companies may consider points offenses for extended periods of time when calculating insurance premiums. Typically, people with a history of points offenses are considered by insurance companies to be higher risks to insure, thus their premiums are higher.
In the state of New Jersey, an accumulation of 12 or more points on a license will result in a mandatory suspension of driving privileges. Drivers who accrue 6 or more points within a 3-year period must pay a mandatory surcharge to the State. Every 1-year period a driver goes without receiving any violation or suspension, 3 points are deducted from their license.
2 points is the lowest denomination of points on a NJ moving violation ticket. Offenses such as careless driving, failure to observe a traffic signal or stop sign, and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage all carry 2 points. Other more serious violations carry additional points. Reckless driving, speeding in excess of the 30 mph over the posted limit and tailgating all carry 5 points.
When you consider the negative impact on both your driving record and your finances, it becomes apparent that simply pleading guilty as charged is not always in your best interests.
Traffic Law Cases We Handle
Our firm of traffic lawyers is well-versed in all types of traffic cases. When you retain The Reinartz Law Firm, you are hiring experienced attorneys who work in the New Jersey traffic courts.
A DUI or DWI charge is one of the most serious violations of New Jersey traffic law. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charges can carry fines, surcharges, loss of license and even jail time. While it is never safe to drink and drive, there are sometimes extenuating circumstances in these matters that don’t always result in clear-cut guilt or innocence.
Because of the many gray areas of DUI and DWI stops, arrests, and charges, it is typically in your best interests to hire an experienced traffic attorney to represent you. Indeed, the moment you are issued a ticket for DUI/DWI, you should consider retaining an attorney. Whether you are charged with DUI or refusal to submit to a breath test, an attorney can help.
Our DUI/DWI attorneys hold the State to its burden of proof. From the legality of the traffic stop to any details along the roadside, to the proof of your blood alcohol level and more, there are a number of factors that affect the State’s ability to secure a conviction at trial. We vigorously defend against all charges and work to obtain the best possible result for the client.
While somewhat less severe than DUI/DWI charges, traffic violations can nonetheless negatively affect your life if not handled appropriately. The experienced traffic attorneys at The Reinartz Law Firm represent individuals in a wide variety of traffic violation cases. Whether you are fighting a traffic ticket in the hopes of a lesser fine or points, or if you are arguing your innocence based on extenuating circumstances at the time of the violation, we can help.
Instead of simply pleading guilty and paying the assessed fine, some drivers may choose to take their citation to court in the hopes of lowering the fines and other out-of-pocket costs. Keep in mind, however, that sometimes fines can actually be higher for lower points offenses that are offered as plea deals, such as Unsafe Operation at N.J.S.A. 39:4-97.2. So consider all possible avenues before deciding how to proceed.
It is always a good idea to reduce or avoid points on your license.
Plea deals in municipal court involve a reduction of points in exchange for a guilty plea to an amended charge. Plea negotiations take place with the prosecutor. The prosecutor is the lawyer who represents the town or municipality where you received the ticket. It is their job to prosecute the charges against you and obtain a conviction or guilty plea. The prosecutor is neither your friend or your lawyer.
For motorists who represent themselves in court, the prosecutor typically offers a “take it or leave it” type of plea deal. This is not always in the person’s best interests, nor is always the best possible plea deal for the charges.
An experienced traffic defense lawyer can engage in meaningful plea negotiations with the prosecutor, level the playing field, and in many instances achieve a better result than you would be able to obtain on your own.
Dismissal of Charges
A complete dismissal of charges is less likely than a reduction in fines or points, but there are some circumstances in which this can happen. If the facts of the case simply do not support the legal charges against the defendant, an experienced lawyer can bring this to the prosecutor’s attention in an effective way, and make the appropriate application for dismissal of the charges.
Retaining an experienced traffic law firm like The Reinartz Law Firm can go a long way toward increasing your chances of success in court.