If you received a traffic ticket in New Jersey, you must deal with your situation. Simply ignoring your ticket is a mistake, and it can prove incredibly costly. To avoid facing consequences that are greater than necessary, you will need an experienced New Jersey traffic ticket lawyer on your side.
Can you handle your traffic ticket on your own? Technically, yes, you can represent yourself in court if you choose to do so. However, this is inadvisable for a variety of different reasons, as we explain below:
5 Reasons to Hire a Lawyer for Your New Jersey Traffic Ticket Case
1. You May Have to Appear in Court
Is the box next to “Court Appearance Required” on your ticket checked? If so, you need to appear in court on the date specified. When you appear in court, you need to know what to do, as mistakes can often have irreversible consequences. Additionally, if you fail to appear, this can have legal consequences as well—including a warrant being issued for your arrest.
If you are not required to appear in court, then you have a deadline to enter a not-guilty plea. Once you enter a not-guilty plea, you will have a court date scheduled. You must appear for this court date, and, when you do, you must be prepared to fight your traffic ticket effectively.
2. You Can Face Steep Penalties if Found Guilty
If you are found guilty of violating one of New Jersey’s traffic laws, you can face steep penalties. These penalties include fines, surcharges and points on your driver’s license—which may result in a driver’s license suspension. You can even be sentenced to jail.
3. There are Several Possible Defenses to New Jersey Traffic Law Violations
While you could be facing steep penalties, you could also have several defenses available. An experienced New Jersey traffic lawyer will know what defenses you can assert, and he or she will be able to claim these defenses effectively on your behalf.
4. Your Lawyer Can Negotiate with the Prosecutor for You
In some cases, the best option for resolving a traffic ticket will be to negotiate a plea deal. If this is your best option, you will need a lawyer who can negotiate with the prosecutor for you. You will also need a lawyer to advise you regarding what penalties you should be willing to accept in light of the circumstances of your case.
5. Having a Record or Losing Your License Can Impact Your Life in Many Ways
Finally, being found guilty can lead to more than just the penalties discussed above. Having a record or losing your license (or both) can impact your life in many ways. Even if you don’t lose your license this time, adding points to your record could mean losing your license the next time you get pulled over. If you need to drive to get to work (or if you drive for work), this might not be a consequence you can afford.
Talk to a New Jersey Traffic Ticket Lawyer in Confidence
Have you received a New Jersey traffic ticket? If so, we strongly encourage you to speak with one of our lawyers about your case. To schedule a confidential consultation as soon as possible, call 877-435-6371 or tell us how we can reach you online now.
Over 20 attorneys at HCK have extensive experience in defending traffic and criminal cases as they were former assistant prosecutors and/or police officers for a combined total of over 600 years of law enforcement experience. You can find out more about them on our site, and you can call Managing Partner Ron Helmer on his cell phone at 609 685-0665.