Receiving a traffic violation is usually a minor infraction that involves paying a fine via mail or by appearing in court. There are cases, however, in which traffic violations can be a bit more serious and may require the advice of a criminal defense/municipal court attorney who handles a great number of these types of cases. If you are a repeat offender or have been issued a serious citation such as driving under the influence (DUI), then it is highly recommended you contact experienced municipal court lawyer Anthony Carbone, serving Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey. For over twenty years, Mr. Carbone has helped the residents in and around these areas of New Jersey fight traffic violations and win, and he can help you, too.
When we get pulled over, our first reaction is often anger. We may get defensive and even belligerent with the officer who pulled us over. Getting angry and/or defensive will only make matters worse. While it may not be easy, it is crucial that you remain calm and cooperative while you are being written a moving traffic violation. Upon receiving the violation, you should check it for accuracy. Once you get home, read over the paperwork very carefully, including all the fine print, and evaluate the options you have. If this violation could result in you losing your driver’s license or even ending up in jail, you should call Mr. Carbone’s office to schedule a consultation to discuss your options and how best to proceed with your defense.
Common Traffic Violations
We have represented clients in a number of different types of moving violations. New Jersey has a system of municipal courts and many of these infractions are heard in municipal court in a speedy “trial” or can be taken care of by sending in a payment or by paying for the ticket over the phone. Some of the most common violations that can be handled in municipal court include:
- Unsafe lane change
- Improper passing
- Failure to yield
- Failure to stop
- Moving against traffic
- Driving the wrong way on a one-way street
Points and Suspensions
One of the most common reasons people contact us is to avoid having their license suspended or having additional points added to their driving record. Both of these can result in increased car insurance premiums and the loss of the privilege to drive. The seriousness of your violations – and resulting penalties – is tracked by the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) using a point system.
If you are convicted of a moving violation, the MVC will penalize you by adding points to your driving record. You will only get points on your record for moving violations – points are not assessed for parking and other non-moving violations.
If you live in the Jersey City or Newark area and are concerned that you are in danger of losing your license or having it temporarily suspended, please contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, P.C. today to schedule a consultation.