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What Does It Mean to Get Points on Your Driver’s License?

New Jersey traffic citation lawyer

If you were ticketed for speeding, or for any other traffic violation, while driving on a New Jersey road, you may think that it’s a good idea to simply pay the fine – regardless of whether you actually committed the traffic offense. Perhaps you believe that fighting the traffic ticket in court is “simply not worth the hassle.” Do not make this mistake! Pleading guilty to a traffic violation has consequences that go far beyond a mere fine; you will also wind up with points on your driver’s license. If you get too many points on your license, your auto insurance rates can skyrocket and you could even lose your driving privileges in NJ.

NJ Driver’s License Suspension for Too Many Points

If you get 12 points on your driving record, your NJ driver’s license will be suspended. That’s on top of the other penalties you will face, which may include heavy monetary fines and even jail time, depending on the severity of your traffic offense.

Points for moving violations are tracked by the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). Here are a few of the most common traffic offenses that can lead to points on your driver’s license:

·      Speeding: 2-5 points

·      Reckless Driving: 5 points

·      Careless Driving: 2 points

·      Failure to Stop for Traffic Light: 2 points

·      Failure to Observe Traffic Signs: 2 points

·      Failure to Yield: 2 points

·      Improper Passing: 4 points

·      Improper U-turn: 3 points

·      Moving Against Traffic: 2 points

·      Failure to Keep to Right: 2 points

·      Tailgating: 5 points

·      Improper Passing of School Bus: 5 points

·      Leaving the Scene of an Accident: 2-8 points

Fighting a traffic ticket often requires the assistance of a skilled traffic defense attorney who understands NJ traffic laws and who can get your traffic violation downgraded to a no-point violation.

 

If you were ticketed for a traffic offense in New Jersey, you need a qualified traffic defense lawyer representing you. The experienced traffic defense attorneys at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC can help you fight the ticket and avoid points on your driver’s license. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about your case.

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