Cranford Traffic Lawyers
An Attorney Is Ready To Help You Avoid Fines, Points, Surcharges, Increased Insurance Premiums & Other Consequences for a Traffic Ticket in Cranford.
In the state of New Jersey, driving is considered a privilege. A framework of regulations and laws have been put into place to insure that individuals exercise this privilege safely. A motorist is exposed to stiff penalties and collateral consequences for failing to adhere to these requirements in Cranford or another town in New Jersey. You can be subjected to fines, points, surcharges, suspension of your privileges and even jail if convicted of a motor vehicle violation. Negative ramifications such as these apply to almost all moving traffic charges including:
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
- Driving While Suspended
- Driving Without Insurance
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- Reckless Driving
- Careless Driving
- Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle
The Consequences of Being Convicted of a Cranford Traffic Offense
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) has a point system. Every moving traffic conviction carries a certain number of points that accumulate against your driving license. Accumulation of too many points results in surcharges and other consequences.
For example, if you accumulate 12 or more points, your license will be administratively suspended. In addition, if you continue to accumulate point once your license has been restored, you risk being labeled a persistent violator by the MVC, which will result in your license being suspended for a protracted period of time and having to pay excessive surcharges in order to become eligible to drive again. An accumulation of 4 or more points results in imposition of surcharges. The more points you have on your license, the greater the amount of the surcharges due to the NJDMV to keep your license in good standing. Failure to pay surcharges results in an indefinite suspension of your license.
This being said, here is a list 5 serious traffic offenses that carry an assessment of 4 or more points if you are convicted in Cranford Municipal Court.
- Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 15 or more MPH
- Reckless driving
- Improper passing
- Racing on a highway
- Improper passing of a school bus
- Leaving the scene of an accident
Often these violations will be assessed together. For instance, if you are caught exceeding the maximum speed limit by 30 mph or more, you may be cited for reckless driving as well. That’s a total 10 points against your driving record for one incident. The bottom line is that you need to protect your license at all times because points can add up quickly.
Auto Insurance Rate Increases. As the points against your license increase, so do your insurance rates. Your automobile insurance rates can skyrocket as a result of points on your driving record. And since points can remain against your driving record for years, you will pay a higher rate for years.
Suspension of Your License. In addition to an administrative suspension, you privilege can be revoked by the court. Some traffic and motor vehicle tickets trigger mandatory suspension including driving without insurance (at least one year), driving while suspended (up to 6 months), possession of CDS in a motor vehicle (2 years), leaving the scene of an accident (at least 6 months) and DWI (3-12 months for a first offense, 2 years for a second offense and 10 years for a third offense).
Cranford Traffic Ticket Attorney
It is almost always a smart decision to hire an experienced attorney to help you fight a traffic ticket given the potential consequences of a conviction. The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has a long history of success in defending Cranford traffic tickets with several attorneys that have been appearing in Cranford Municipal Court for over 15 years. If you were issued a summons or ticket for a Cranford traffic offense, a lawyer on our staff has what it takes to insure you have every opportunity to avert a negative outcome. An attorney at the Marshall Firm is available now to discuss how we can help you. Call us at 908-272-1700 for a free consultation with one of our lawyers.