Motor Vehicle Law
Almost every New Jersey driver has violated a traffic law—either intentionally or accidentally—at some point in their driving career. If a police officer stops you and issues you a ticket for a traffic violation, it may not seem like a serious matter. However, traffic offenses can have harsh consequences including fines, higher insurance rates, points against your license, suspension of your driver’s license, and even time in jail for certain offenses. Calling an experienced attorney to handle your ticket can ensure your rights are protected and can decrease the stress of a traffic ticket and the related penalties.
Freehold defense attorney Ronald Brandmayr understands the many motor vehicle laws in New Jersey as well as the municipal court system that handles this type of legal violation. If you have received a traffic violation, your first call should be to find out how our office can assist you.
Traffic Offenses in NJ
There are hundreds of traffic laws on the books in New Jersey and law enforcement officers are constantly on the watch for potential traffic violations. Some of the motor vehicle violations that our office regularly handles include:
- Failure to have car insurance
- Careless or reckless driving
- Failure to yield
- Improper passing
- Failure to obey traffic signals or stop signs
- Driving the wrong way
- Commercial trucking violations
In many situations, it may seem easier to simply pay the fine associated with a ticket and move on. However, it is important to realize that by paying the ticket, you are effectively pleading guilty to the violation. For many offenses, this will result in points on your driver’s license. If you reach a certain number of points, you may have your license suspended, which can have a significant effect on your life. In addition, having violations on your permanent driving record can result in higher auto insurance premiums and can even disqualify you from certain jobs. Skilled defense attorney Ronald Brandmayr knows how to help you avoid points and limit consequences whenever possible in traffic cases.
Driving While Suspended in NJ
There are many different reasons for which the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) can suspend or revoke your driver’s license. If your license has been suspended, you cannot drive for the specified period of time and NJ does not have a restricted or hardship license program that allows you to drive to work or school. Your driving privileges are completely gone and, if you are stopped while driving, you may receive a citation for driving while suspended. If you are convicted of driving while suspended, you can face potentially serious penalties including:
- First offense – An additional six months added to your
and fines up to $500.
- Second offense – An additional six months added to your
, fines up to $750, and up to five days in jail.
- Third offense – An additional six months added to your
, fines up to $1000, and up to 10 days in jail.
It is, of course, preferable to avoid losing your license in the first place in NJ. An experienced traffic defense attorney can help you handle traffic tickets to avoid points of your license and other consequences that may lead to a license suspension. If you do lose your license and are accused of driving while suspended, it is imperative to call a lawyer with experience handling this serious matter.
Defense for Motor Vehicle Offenses
Though some traffic tickets may not seem to be very serious, the help of an experienced attorney can significantly improve the outcome of your case. A traffic defense attorney can do the following and more in a case involving motor vehicle offenses:
- Negotiate with the municipal prosecutor or judge to amend the ticket to a lesser charge or non-moving violation;
- Help you avoid points on your license and related penalties;
- Identify legal defense to challenge wrongful tickets, such as challenging the police officer’s observations or the legality of the traffic stop;
- Represent you in municipal court hearings.
Consult with a New Jersey Traffic Defense Attorney as Soon as Possible
Traffic tickets may seem like a mere inconvenience, however, if not handled properly, a traffic ticket can turn into a serious matter with significant consequences. You need an experienced traffic defense lawyer on your side who understands the traffic court system and can obtain a favorable result for you. Call the Law Office of Ronald J. Brandmayr, Jr. at 732-409-5195 for a consultation today.