Scotch Plains NJ Traffic Ticket Attorney
Traffic Offense in Scotch Plains New Jersey
This summer, a member of the Scotch Plains Police Department was arrested for driving while intoxicated following a chase. The Scotch Plains officer was speeding and engaging in a host of other traffic offenses. The car was eventually stopped and the motorist charged with motor vehicle violations that included a traffic ticket for DWI, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident. The example of this off-duty Scotch Plains officer is a good demonstration of the fact that no one is above the law, not even the police. It is also a good example of how many traffic charges can rack up quickly during a single incident. If you are facing one or many motor vehicle charges in Scotch Plains, it is a good idea to obtain a qualified traffic ticket attorney. While you might feel that a traffic offense is minor, it can never hurt to get help from an experienced lawyer, especially when an initial consultation is free. Here at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our attorneys have handled countless traffic ticket cases in Scotch Plains Municipal Court and can help you minimize the consequences of the motor vehicle summons that was written against you. Call us at 908-272-1700 to speak to one of our lawyers immediately.
Traffic Charges in Scotch Plains
The attorneys at the Marshall Law Firm have extensive experience helping clients with traffic offenses such as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Driving Without Insurance, Driving With A Suspended License, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle.
In fact, The Marshall Firm strives to be at the cutting edge of defending DWI cases. Our attorneys have received training in field sobriety tests and Alcotest breathalyzers so we have a complete understanding of DWI procedures – an understanding that sometimes exceeds that of the prosecutors prosecuting the cases. That way, The Marshall Firm can best serve our clients.
Possible Penalties for Traffic Tickets in Scotch Plains. The types of penalties you face in Scotch Plains Municipal Court for a traffic ticket include any of the following:
- Points on your driver’s license (which means increased insurance premiums);
- Loss of your driver’s license;
- Monetary fines;
- Time in jail;
- Court ordered driving classes;
- Court ordered drug or alcohol treatment;
- Probationary supervision.
For example, if you are convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), then under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, a first offense could lead to a 3- to 12-month suspension of your driver’s license. The penalty is a 2-year suspension for a second DWI conviction, and a whopping 10-year suspension for a third offense, with mandatory jail time.
As another example, if you are convicted of Driving With a Suspended License, in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:3-40, a first offense is a $500 fine and a possible 6-month license suspension. A second offense will result in a $750 fine, another 6-month license suspension, and a mandatory 1 to 5 days in jail. A third offense will result in a $1000 fine, another 6-month suspension, and a mandatory 10 days in jail.
Driving Without Insurance in Scotch Plains also has significant consequences. You will face a one year suspension of your license for a first offense and two years for a second offense. There is also a mandatory jail term of 14 days that attaches at the time of conviction for a second or subsequent offense for operating an uninsured vehicle.
Scotch Plains Traffic Defense Lawyer
It is incredibly inconvenient to lose your driver’s license for an extended period of time, not to mention having to spend time in the county jail. Such consequences can severely impact your job and your livelihood. In addition, the increased premiums you may need to pay because of points on your license can become difficult to manage. Accordingly, consider getting knowledgeable assistance with your traffic ticket from a defense lawyer is always recommended. The team of accomplished traffic attorneys at the the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall include former municipal prosecutors who have defended thousands of driving without insurance, driving while suspended, reckless driving and other serious motor vehicle offenses. If you are facing a violation in Scotch Plains or another municipality in Union County, an attorney at our firm has the tools to secure the downgrade or dismissal that you need. Lawyers are available 24/7 at 908-272-1700 to provide the guidance you require.