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It depends. Under New Jersey’s point system, it takes 12 points to trigger a driver’s license suspension, and the maximum number of points that can be imposed for a single traffic violation is five. So, in order to determine whether your driving privileges are at risk, you need to know (i) how many points you have currently, and (ii) how many points you could incur as a result of your most-recent ticket.
But, certain offenses can result in a driver’s license suspension regardless of the number of points on your record. Driving under the influence, driving without a license, and driving without insurance are all traffic violations that can result in the immediate suspension of your driving privileges.
Under New Jersey law, three points are deducted from your driving record each year you go without a traffic violation. However, even if all of your points get deducted, you could still have to pay surcharges, and your insurance company can continue to charge you increased premiums.
Surcharges are additional financial penalties that you are required to pay to the State of New Jersey if you accumulate six or more points on your driving record. They start at $150 per year (but can potentially go much higher) and are imposed for three years.
Potentially, yes. Auto insurance companies increase drivers’ rates based on their accumulated points and the specific traffic violations for which they get convicted. So, if you negotiate a plea deal for a reduced charge or obtain a not-guilty verdict in court, you could potentially save yourself several hundred dollars per year.
No. By paying the fine you are pleading guilty to your New Jersey traffic violation, and this can trigger all of the consequences discussed above. In order to protect yourself, you need to enter a not-guilty plea in court and then work with a traffic court defense lawyer to seek to have your charge reduced or dismissed.
From negotiating a plea deal to challenging the admissibility of the prosecution’s evidence, there are many ways a traffic violations defense lawyer can help you regardless of the circumstances involved in your case. To learn more in a confidential initial consultation, contact us today.
Have you been charged with a traffic violation in New Jersey? To learn more about your situation and find out what our defense lawyers can do to protect you, call 877-435-6371 or request an initial consultation online now.
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