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Most people get their introduction to the legal process in Municipal Court. Traffic tickets, DWI/DUI, tailgating, driving without insurance or reckless driving can result in increased insurance premiums, the suspension of your license, significant fines, community service, and even civil liability. An experienced attorney can work toward getting many violations reduced to a no-point violation called “unsafe driving.” We work to minimize these consequences and protect your privileges.
Traffic Tickets under N.J.S.A. 39:4-98
The New Jersey Speeding law provides:
“Subject to the provisions of R.S.39:4-96 and R.S.39:4-97 and except in those instances where a lower speed is specified in this chapter, it shall be prima facie lawful for the driver of a vehicle to drive it at a speed not exceeding the following:
a. Twenty-five miles per hour, when passing through a school zone during recess, when the presence of children is clearly visible from the roadway, or while children are going to or leaving school, during opening or closing hours;
b. (1) Twenty-five miles per hour in any business or residential district;
(2) Thirty-five miles per hour in any suburban business or residential district;
c. Fifty miles per hour in all other locations, except as otherwise provided in the “Sixty-Five MPH Speed Limit Implementation Act,” pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1997, c. 415 (C.39:4-98.3 et al.).”
Fines and Penalties
If you are convicted of or plead guilty to speeding, your punishment depends on two factors: how fast you were going and whether you were in a safe corridor or construction zone. Here are the fines you will have to pay for speeding outside of a safe corridor or construction zone:
Over the speed limit by 1-9 miles per hour, $85
Over the speed limit by 10-14 miles per hour, $95
Over the speed limit by 15-19 miles per hour, $105
Over the speed limit by 20-24 miles per hour, $200
Over the speed limit by 25-29 miles per hour, $220
Over the speed limit by 30-34 miles per hour, $240
Over the speed limit by 35-39 miles per hour, $260
As per N.J.S.A. 39:4-98.6 these fines are doubled when the offense is in an area designated with a speed limit of 65 miles per hour. When violations are committed in an area of highway construction or repair or when committed in a designated safe corridor per N.J.S.A. 39:4-203.5 fines will also double.
Over the speed limit by 40 miles per hour or more (or by 20 miles per hour or more in a construction zone or safe corridor) requires a court appearance.
Points per violation are as follows:
Over the speed limit by 1-14 miles per hour, 2 NJ DMV points
Over the speed limit by 15-29 miles per hour, 4NJ DMV points
Over the speed limit by 30 miles per hour or more, 5 NJ DMV points
If you accumulate 12 or more points your driver’s license will be suspended. The Motor Vehicle Point Accumulation Chart will determine the length of time your license will b e suspended.