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In New Jersey, traffic violations carry steep penalties. From speeding to careless driving to failure to appear, all types of violations present risks for fines, surcharges, increased insurance premiums, and other consequences. If you accumulate too many points, you could lose your driver’s license; and, if you get caught driving on a suspended or revoked license, the consequences can become even more severe. Fortunately, it is possible to fight many types of tickets with the help of an experienced Trenton traffic ticket lawyer.
If you can’t avoid penalties entirely, your lawyer may be able to substantially reduce the consequences of your ticket. As a result, even if you got caught breaking the law, you should not simply pay your ticket and move on. To find out what our Trenton traffic ticket lawyers can do for you, schedule a confidential initial consultation at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A. today.
Many people assume that when they get a traffic ticket, the best thing to do is pay the fine and move on with their life. But, this is not the case—especially in New Jersey. Beyond fines, traffic tickets can lead to thousands of dollars in surcharges and increased insurance premiums, and if you accumulate too many points, you can lose your driver’s license.
In addition, some traffic tickets can result in an immediate driver’s license suspension, and, in some cases, ticket recipients are required to appear in court. If the box next to “Court Appearance Required” on your ticket is checked, you are required to appear, and failure to do so could lead to a bench warrant being issued for your arrest. Failure to appear can result in an immediate driver’s license suspension and other consequences as well.
With these considerations in mind, you should hire a Trenton traffic violation lawyer any time you receive a ticket. This includes receiving a ticket for:
Let’s say you got caught speeding. You know you were exceeding the posted speed limit and the officer who pulled you over said he has footage on his patrol car’s dash camera. In this scenario (or any scenario like it), is it worth hiring a Trenton traffic court attorney to represent you?
The simple answer to this question is, “Yes.” Even if you violated the law, you could still have defenses available. For example, your lawyer may be able to show that your traffic stop violated your constitutional rights. This could lead to the government’s evidence being deemed inadmissible, and, without admissible evidence, prosecutors shouldn’t be able to convict you.
If you can’t avoid a conviction entirely, your lawyer will be able to work to reduce the price you have to pay. By negotiating a plea to a lesser charge or a reduced sentence, your lawyer can minimize your fines and the points that go on your record. Since insurance companies increase their rates for more-serious offenses, this can reduce your monthly insurance premiums as well. Thus, hiring a Trenton traffic court attorney can save you money in the long run.
It is important to keep in mind that having a speeding ticket or more-serious traffic violation on your record can impact your life in other ways as well. For example, it can make you ineligible for certain jobs, and if you accumulate too many points, you could end up losing your license for a minor speeding ticket in the future. By hiring a lawyer to fight your ticket, you can make sure the consequences you face are no greater than necessary.
So, now you know you need a Trenton traffic ticket lawyer. Why should you choose a lawyer at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A.? Here is what you can expect when you hire a lawyer at our firm to represent you:
Surcharges are additional costs you have to pay when you get convicted of a traffic violation in New Jersey. As the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) explains, surcharges are imposed “in addition to any court-imposed fines and penalties or any premiums that may be assessed by insurance companies.”
The amount your insurance rates will go up depends on the specific traffic violation of which you are convicted. For example, if you got a minor speeding ticket (less than 15mph over the posted speed limit), you can expect your insurance rates to increase by about 20 percent per year. But, if you get convicted of a more serious offense like reckless driving, your insurance rates could increase by as much as 73 percent. This could easily mean paying more than $1,000 in additional insurance premiums each year.
Ignoring your traffic ticket is not a mistake you can afford to make. If you ignore your ticket, the judge will find you guilty in your absence, and you will have to pay whatever fines and surcharges the judge imposes. If your ticket says you are required to appear in court, your failure to appear can trigger additional penalties as well.
If you have received a traffic ticket in Trenton, we strongly encourage you to contact us for help. To discuss your case with an experienced Trenton traffic ticket attorney in confidence, call 609-337-2090 or request an appointment online now.
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