Traffic Violations

How A New Jersey Attorney Can Help Drivers Understand This Year’s New Laws

Now that we’re well into 2019, we should take a look back at the laws that went into place earlier this year and look toward new laws coming into place to see which will affect drivers in the state of New Jersey. At the Law Offices of Leon Matchin, Attorney at Law, there are four main laws and bills that we think you should know about. In addition, if you have any questions or think the laws will affect you personally, call us to set up an appointment with a New Jersey attorney. We’ll help you set things straight.

Beach Smoking Ban

As of January 16th this year, a uniform law banned smoking on all beaches and parks. Because of this, if you plan to drive to the beach this summer, you should leave your cigarettes at home. As a result of the law, first-time violators will be fined $250.00. In addition, second-time offenders will be fined $1,000.00. Car smokers and other recreational smokers will need to use adjacent parking lots and designated smoking areas instead.

New Birth Certificates for Transgenders

As of February 1st this year, people who identify as transgender in the state of New Jersey can have their birth certificates amended to state their preferred gender after sex reassignment surgery. Because of this, a New Jersey attorney can help prove sex reassignment surgery to get birth certificates updated, along with licenses, insurance, and other legal documents.

Undocumented Immigrants to Get Licenses?

In November 2018, a new bill stated that licenses (and subsequent insurance coverage) should be available to undocumented immigrants in New Jersey. The bill is a response to the fact many drivers don’t currently have licenses, but could if they were able to apply for them. The bill would be a step forward for motor vehicle safety in the Garden State.

Real ID Needed to Fly Coming October 2019

Allowing undocumented immigrants to get a license is tied to Bill S3229, which is currently referred to the Senate. This bill would allow two different sets of licenses to be issued. Because of this, lawful citizens have already been in the process of getting “Real” IDs. These are a license that complies with the Real ID Act of 2005. As a result, this was the response to the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Also, it will affect frequent flyers starting in October 2019. Along with other states, New Jersey flyers will need to have a Real ID in order to fly domestically. If you don’t have a license, then you’ll need a passport.

How A New Jersey Attorney Can Help

We hope you found this information helpful. At Leon Matchin, Attorney at Law, we want you to feel at ease where you live and to help you understand any new laws or charges you might receive. In addition, there are many other reasons to get a New Jersey attorney. Set up an appointment today by calling Leon Matchin at (833) 732-7320, or email him at

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