Speeding and Traffic Ticket FAQ
A speeding ticket might not seem like the end of the world. Many people simply accept the charges and move on with their lives. However, traffic violations add up – even the most upstanding citizens may lose their driving privileges over simple driving mistakes.
When you receive a traffic ticket, you’re likely left with many questions about how to proceed. Below are some answers to frequently asked speeding and traffic ticket questions. For more answers to your traffic ticket questions, schedule a free consultation by calling 908-643-6801 or reaching out online.
What happens if I do not pay for a traffic ticket?
Failing to pay a traffic ticket in New Jersey could result in higher fines and even jail time.
When you receive a traffic ticket, you have the opportunity to dispute the charges in traffic court. Failing to appear in court, and failing to pay the ticket, could result in the court taking further action against you. They may issue a warrant for your arrest and order an immediate suspension of your license. When you finally do appear before the court, penalties will likely be much harsher than they were originally.
If you are unable to pay the fine, traffic courts may be willing to work with you to set up a payment plan or another agreement to get the fine paid on time. Never avoid paying a traffic ticket or appearing in traffic court – consult an attorney to learn about possible defenses, and be sure to follow all the necessary steps to avoid further penalties.
Will I lose my license after receiving a ticket?
Not every traffic violation will result in license suspension, but depending on your driving record and the details of your specific case you may lose your license after receiving a ticket.
New Jersey uses a point system to keep track of your driving history. Every traffic violation has a point value – when you receive a ticket, those points are added to your driving record. Accumulating 6 or more points in one year could result in surcharges and additional fines. Once you accumulate 12 points, your license will be suspended.
Even if you do not have 12 points on your record, the court reserves the right to suspend your license if you fail to pay your tickets or appear in court. By following all the necessary steps after receiving a ticket, you can usually avoid losing your license.
How can I remove points from my New Jersey driving record?
There are several ways you can remove points from your New Jersey driving record. One full year without any violations, suspensions or additional points on your record will remove 3 points. Participating in a defensive driving program run by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission could remove 2 points. In some instances, the NJ MVC may order you to participate in the Driver Improvement Program (DIP) or the Probationary Driver Program (PDP), which could remove 3 more points from your record.
We all have bad days. If you have a couple of bad days in a year, you should not have to sacrifice your driving privileges. By managing your points wisely and practicing safe driving, it is possible to keep your license even after accumulating several traffic tickets.
Why do I need an attorney for a traffic ticket?
While a traffic ticket may seem straightforward, and you may be tempted to simply pay for it and move on, it is highly advised to speak to an attorney before making any decisions. An experienced traffic ticket attorney can:
- Advise you about possible defenses to your ticket.
- Identify unlawful police practices that could result in your ticket being dismissed.
- Prevent the court from penalizing you too harshly.
- Ensure you are represented in court and that you follow all the proper legal steps after getting ticketed.
- Stop you from accepting an unfair plea deal.
- Protect your driving privileges.
At The Law Offices of Anthony N. Palumbo, I offer free consultations for all clients, so there is no risk to make an appointment and discuss your case. If you choose to move forward with your traffic ticket defense, I will fight to reduce or eliminate the charges against you. Call 908-643-6801 to schedule your free case evaluation today.