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Whenever you receive a ticket from local law enforcement, it’s always a good idea to contact a lawyer before doing anything else. Traffic violation tickets can often carry hefty fines. But with the help of a traffic violation attorney, you may be able to reduce your charges or even drop them altogether. Even if you just have a minor speeding ticket, there could be other factors at play in your case. Scheduling a consultation with your attorney is the best way to ensure your rights are protected and your case well-defended.

How a Traffic Violation Attorney Can Help You

Working with a lawyer provides you with an insider’s look into how traffic violation cases work. Often, there’s more to each case than you may initially think. Everything from the actions of other drivers or pedestrians to the procedures of law enforcement can affect your ticket. Even if you were violating traffic laws, there could even be times when external factors can influence your outcome. Your attorney can help you make sense of everything to ensure your case processes smoothly and with as much success as possible.

Gathering Information

When it comes to fighting a traffic ticket, the more information you have, the better. You’ll need evidence and documentation such as:

  • Police records
  • Contact info of involved parties
  • Witness statements
  • Photos or videos of the incident

Gathering everything you need for your case can be exhausting and time-consuming. But with the help of your attorney, you’ll know who to call and what to say to get what you need. In some cases, your lawyer may even be able to call and gather information on your behalf. With legal help on your side, you can ensure you have everything you need to make your case. 

Court Representation

If you are fighting a traffic violation ticket, you’ll likely need to have a hearing before a judge. While it’s not a requirement to have legal representation for this hearing, it’s often a good idea. Your lawyer will know what to say and how to say it to help defend your case. If it’s your first time hearing, it’s natural to feel anxious or nervous. Having an attorney with you can often make the whole experience calmer and quicker. 

Plea Bargain

If you can’t properly defend your case in court, you may still be able to reduce your charges by taking a plea bargain. Fighting traffic violation cases takes a lot of time and money from the court that often could be better used elsewhere. Because of this, many judges are willing to lower the charges if a defendant pleads guilty. The reduction of charges is most often awarded to first-time offenders. Depending on the type of traffic violation you committed, you may be able to lower or avoid fines in exchange for community service or participation in driver’s safety courses. First-time offenders may also be able to avoid getting points on their licenses by taking these plea bargains.

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Common Types of Traffic Violations

There are plenty of rules and regulations on the roads of New Jersey, and each city or county often has its own variants. An experienced traffic violation attorney will have the knowledge and skills needed to deal with common violation cases.

Cell Phone Use

New Jersey law states that drivers can only use hands-free devices while driving. If you are ticketed for using a handheld device, you could face some serious fines. Multiple tickets for using a cell phone can result in fines up to $800, a 90-day license suspension, and three points added to your record. 

Driving Without Insurance

New Jersey law requires drivers to have a minimum level of insurance when driving on public roads. Drivers must carry insurance coverage of at least $15,000 for injury or death of a single person, $30,000 for injury or death of multiple people, and $5,000 for property damage. Drivers who do not have the minimum coverage are subjected to punishments, including fines up to $1,000, community service, DMV surcharges, and up to a year of license suspension.

Speeding

Speeding is one of the most common traffic violations. Failure to follow the posted speed limits can result in heavy fines and points on your license. How much your ticket is will depend on how much you were speeding, such as:

  • Exceeding by 25-29 MPH – $220 fine and 4 points
  • Exceeding by 30-34 MPH – $240 fine and 5 points
  • Exceeding by 35-39 MPH – $260 fine and 5 points

Driving Without a License

Drivers are required by law to have an active driver’s license to use public roads. If you are ticketed for driving without a license, you can expect to face some heavy penalties. Drivers who have an old or expired license could see fines of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail. Drivers without a license face a minimum fine of $200 and the inability to apply for a license for six months. 

Do You Need Help with a Traffic Violation?

If you were recently ticketed for a traffic violation, Attorney Leon Matchin is here to help. As an experienced traffic violation attorney, he knows all the ins and outs of New Jersey traffic laws, and he puts that knowledge to work for you. Call him today at 833-732-7320 or email him at [email protected] to schedule a consultation about your case. After examining your ticket and listening to your story, Attorney Matchin can help advise you on the best course of action.