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How to Fight a Traffic Ticket in New Jersey

Two Choices: Plead Guilty or Not Guilty? If 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 True Cost of a Traffic Ticket in New Jersey

A 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, [...]

The Most Common New Jersey Traffic Violations

Title 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 [...]

Avoiding a Traffic Ticket in New Jersey

Best Practices for Staying Safe and Maybe Even Avoiding that Traffic Ticket in New Jersey Clearly, 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 [...]

Reasons for a Traffic Stop

So, 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 [...]

Your Rights During a Traffic Stop

In 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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

DUI Appeals in New Jersey

Being 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 [...]