NJ Traffic and Motor Vehicle Offenses
The New Jersey motor vehicle code is fraught with pitfalls and landmines. As a New Jersey traffic ticket attorney, I am still amazed at the number of unforeseen consequences a NJ traffic ticket carries with it. It is always advisable to contact an experienced NJ traffic violation lawyer before going to court. I have extensive experience handling all types of motor vehicle cases and will take the proper steps to ensure your rights are protected. If you have been issued a New Jersey traffic ticket by the State Police or any other agency for speeding, reckless driving, careless driving, no insurance, driving with a suspended license, DWI,etc., contact my office today for your free consultation. A ten minute phone call could save you years of aggravation. The following sections are general information pertaining to NJ traffic offenses and legal representation. Take the time to call my office to address the specific facts of your situation. Its free and I am available 24/7
In New Jersey, the municipal court has jurisdiction over all Title 39 traffic violations regarding the use and operation of a motor vehicle. Some examples of these offenses are speeding, DWI, reckless driving, careless driving, improper lane change, maintenance of lamps, driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report, driving without insurance, etc. Basically, if the offense involves driving, the case will be heard in the municipal court.
All traffic complaints are considered quasi-criminal, but the defendant has no right to a jury trial unless the maximum penalty exceeds $1000 and 6 months in jail. In most cases, an indigent defendant does not have the right to have counsel assigned, unless there is a consequence of magnitude. This means there is the possibility of a serious penalty being imposed, such as jail, license suspension, or heavy fines. In any event, the court must inform any defendant, no matter the consequences, of the right to retain counsel.
A conviction for a motor vehicle offense will be reported to the Motor Vehicle commission. Depending on the nature of the offense, the MVC may impose points which could affect insurance premiums. The MVC may also suspend driving privileges administratively, even if the court took no such action.
Additionally, a municipal court can impose a license suspension if it finds that a traffic offense was committed willfully. The authority to do so is often not stated in the statute a defendant is accused of violating. There is a separate provision giving the court the ability to take this action.
Many New Jersey traffic and motor vehicle penalties are enhanced for subsequent offenses. For example, if you are convicted of driving on the suspended or revoked list on more than one occasion, the court must sentence you to jail for a period of time. The period of incarceration will depend the number of prior convictions. Enhanced penalties also apply to DWI.
The NJ motor vehicle code is far from simple and difficult to understand. The best NJ traffic ticket lawyers know this code inside and out. This means you won’t have to worry about collateral consequences and future unforeseen penalties as a result of your NJ motor vehicle case. Call the Law Office of Todd Palumbo today and get your piece of mind.Serving Newark, Irvington, Bloomfield, South Orange, West Orange, Montclair, Weehawken, Jersey City, Millburn, Summit, Short Hills, Cedar Grove, Livingston, Union City, Maplewood, etc.