Burlington County Traffic Court Lawyers
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Driving privileges in are often critical to New Jersey residents. New Jersey traffic violations can often lead to harsh and unanticipated consequences, including suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, substantially fines, increased car insurance premiums, and even jail time in extreme situations. Notably, a traffic violation can result in administrative suspension by the Motor Vehicle Commission (“MVC,” which was formerly known as the DMV), even if the traffic court doesn’t suspend your license. In fact, in most cases, the simple fine associated with the ticket itself is actually the least severe aspect of the overall penalty.
Most cases involving traffic offenses are heard in municipal court, which is sometimes called “traffic court.” Traffic courts in Burlington County and throughout the State handle traffic offenses as well as minor criminal cases. If your matter is handled in traffic court, it will be held in the town in which you received the summons or ticket, rather than the town in which you reside.
At Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, we have the skills and experience necessary to help you successfully navigate your traffic court case. If you are facing the possibility of points on your record after a traffic violation, it is important to defend your rights to protect your driving privileges and avoid significant insurance surcharges going forward. Contact Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, today so that we can begin investigating possible defense strategies in your traffic court case.
Traffic Court Cases in New Jersey Can Lead to Substantial Penalties
In any case where you are required to appear in traffic court, it is important to retain experienced legal counsel to represent you to minimize the impact these charges may have on your future. Cases that commonly carry significant penalties in New Jersey traffic court cases include:
- Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI/DUI”) or refusal to take the breathalyzer test. If you have been charged with DWI/DUI or refused to take a breath test, you face very serious mandatory penalties if convicted. For your first offense, you face a jail term not to exceed 30 days, a mandatory license suspension of three to 12 months, mandatory participation in the Intoxicated Driver’s Resource Center (IDRC) and fines and assessments of up to $750. Additionally, an insurance surcharge of $1,000 per year for three years will apply. If you have prior offenses that are less than ten years old, the penalties are even more severe.
- Driving without insurance. Under state law, all drivers are required to carry insurance meeting certain minimum coverage requirements. If you are convicted of driving without insurance you could lose your license for one year, be ordered to perform community service, and receive a substantial monetary fine. You could also face the possibility of jail time, depending upon your driving history. Our lawyers will work tirelessly to protect you from the possibility of jail and minimize the consequences of these charges.
- Traffic tickets. In addition to expensive fines, (which are doubled in construction zones and 65 mile-per-hour zones), and possible license suspension, being convicted of a traffic violation can cause you great expense when it comes to your insurance premiums. New Jersey’s traffic system operates on a “points” system, meaning that in addition to fines and other penalties, many traffic violations place points on your record. Car insurance companies use these points to identify high-risk drivers and to justify surcharges or increased premiums.
- Suspended driver’s license. If you are convicted of driving while your license is suspended, you face an additional period of suspension, substantial fines and, in some circumstances, mandatory jail time. These serious penalties justify retaining experienced lawyers to fight for your rights.
- License problems. If you have problems with your license because of old traffic violations, unpaid surcharges or other administrative issues, we will fight to protect your interests before the MVC and help you get your driving privileges restored.
Other traffic violations that commonly appear in traffic court include excessive speeding tickets, CDL violations, reckless driving charges and tickets for texting while driving (distracted driving tickets).
Why Choose Attorneys Hartman, Chartered to Protect Your Rights in Burlington County Traffic Court?
After being issued a traffic ticket, many drivers are tempted to simply pay the required fines and put the experience behind them. Despite this, in more serious cases, this can lead to lasting negative consequences that our experienced traffic court lawyers can help minimize. Our traffic court lawyers will:
- Explain the potential consequences and options in your case
- Gather all relevant evidence to advocate on your behalf in traffic court
- Help you navigate the requirements of the traffic court system
- Formulate the best possible defense strategy depending upon the facts of your specific case
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation to Discuss Your Mount Laurel Traffic Court Case Today
Unlike true criminal cases, traffic court cases often proceed quickly, making it important to have someone familiar with the system on your side. If you are required to appear in traffic court in Mount Laurel or elsewhere in New Jersey, or would like to explore options for fighting a traffic ticket in court, call or contact the experienced traffic court lawyers at Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, for a free initial phone or email consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Traffic Court in Cherry Hill, NJ
FAQ: How many points can I have on my driving record in New Jersey? Why is it important to challenge the imposition of points in traffic court?
Your license may be administratively suspended by the MVC if you have 12 points or more on your driving record. Despite this, it remains important to appear in traffic court in an attempt to minimize the points on your record for insurance purposes—your insurance premiums can increase substantially in correspondence to the number of points on your record.
FAQ: Do I have the right to a trial by jury in New Jersey traffic court?
Usually, traffic issues are presented to a judge and you do not have a right to a jury trial. However, if your traffic violation involved a related felony—for instance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance over 50 grams—you will have a right to a trial by jury.