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A traffic ticket for a moving violation such as reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident or driving while suspended in Hoboken can have serious ramification in many respects. A conviction often results in a spike in your insurance rates, points and surcharges, significant fines and even a suspension of your driving privileges. An experienced traffic ticket attorney who knows the motor vehicle laws and the most effective strategies for winning in Hoboken Municipal Court gives you the best chance to avoid the fines, higher insurance rates, license suspension and other consequences of a traffic conviction.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have successfully helped local and out-of-state motorists fight traffic tickets in Hoboken for decades. Our unique qualifications are definitely a factor in our success, including:
- Over 200 years of combined experience defending motor vehicle charges like driving while suspended, speeding, leaving the scene of an accident, driving without insurance, careless driving, reckless driving and other violations
- A team of 10 lawyers whose practice is dedicated exclusively to representing those accused of violating the law, including the NJ traffic code
- Former prosecutors in more than 25 municipalities in the state
- Thousands of traffic tickets successfully handled in Hudson County over the last several decades
One of our lawyers is ready to utilize their vast knowledge and experience so that you have every chance of obtaining a dismissal of the traffic charge(s) you are facing. Initial consultations with an attorney at the firm are free.
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, 50 Harrison Street, Hoboken NJ 07030, can be reached at (201) 932-2288
Traffic Offense in Hoboken New Jersey
You might think of a license to drive as being a right in New Jersey, but the law does not agree with you. A license allowing you to operate a car or commercial vehicle is a privilege that restricted or even revoked. Motor vehicle offenses that carry consequences of magnitude, such as a suspension, include driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (i.e. DWI and DUI), possession of controlled dangerous substances (“CDS”) in your vehicle, driving without insurance, driving without a license, driving with a revoked or suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving.
You should also know that even if your traffic charge does not involve a mandatory suspension in the event of conviction, any moving violation can be costly and put your privileges at risk. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission receives notification from the Hoboken Municipal Court whenever someone pleads guilty to or is convicted of a traffic violation. Motor vehicle points are assigned by DMV, for example, speeding can range from 2 to 5 points. Accumulation of too many points results in surcharges (i.e. 6or more) and can also result in a suspension of your license (i.e. 12 or more).
The best way to avoid points and penalties because of a traffic ticket is to fight it and avoid a conviction. We give you the best opportunity to make that possible through aggressive defense strategies developed through our years of experience successfully defending people in municipal court.
If you have already accumulated point on your driving record, we can help you with that as well. The point system in New Jersey does not automatically remove points from your record merely because they have been there for a number of years. There are a few ways to reduce the number of points, including:
- Avoiding a traffic violation or a license suspension for at least one year removes 3 points from your record.
- Successful completion of a defense driving course deducts 2 points from your record, and you can take the course every 5 years.
- Successful completion of a driver improvement program deducts 3 points from your driving record.
Our attorneys review your driving record to determine the best method for reducing the points on your driving record.
Hoboken NJ Traffic Offense Defense Attorney
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has lawyers that can apply their extensive knowledge of New Jersey traffic laws to assist motorists, including drivers of commercial vehicles and out-of-state drivers, who are facing charges in the City of Hoboken. Don’t put your driver’s license and livelihood at risk by pleading guilty to a traffic ticket. Contact us to learn how we can successfully fight a Hoboken traffic ticket. A lawyer is available at (201) 932-2288 to talk to you without obligation 24/7.
N.J.S.A. 39:4-98 is the New Jersey law govern speeding. The gist of the statute is that you must operate your car, truck or motorcycle in accordance with the posted speed limit. The fine for speeding can range from $85 to as much as $420 depending on the number of miles per hour over the speed limit and whether the violation occurs in a construction zone. The rate of the speed and outcome of the case is reported to the NJDMV and the following points are applied to your license:
- 1-14 MPH Over the Limit – 2 Points
- 15-29 MPH Over the Limit – 4 Points
- 30 MPH or Over the Limit – 5 Points
You should also be aware that the Judge in Hoboken often imposes a period of suspension when a motorist operates his/her vehicle a rate significantly over the limit. The NJDMV has also been known to impose a suspension when an exceptionally high incident of speeding is reported. Click here for more information regarding Hudson County speeding tickets.
Reckless & Careless Driving
A careless driving ticket, which carries two points on your license, is the equivalent to operating your vehicle in a negligent manner. It you file to exercise a reasonable level of care while driving your car, you may be issued a careless driving summons in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-97.
Reckless driving is a more serious offense and frequently triggers a discretionary license suspension by the court. There is also the possibility of up to 60 days in jail for a first violation and up to 3 months for a second or subsequent conviction under N.J.S.A. 39:4-96.
For a more detailed discussion of the subject, refer to our Hudson County careless & reckless driving page.
Driving While Suspended
N.J.S.A. 39:3-40 is the driving while suspended law in New Jersey. The penalties for a Hoboken driving while revoked ticket depend on the prior record of violations.
- For a first offense, you face a $500 fine and an additional period of suspension of up to 6 months.
- For a second offense, the fine is $750, the jail term is 1-5 days and there is the possibility of another 6 months of suspension.
- A conviction for a third or subsequent driving while suspended results in a $1,000 fine, a jail term of 10 days and a 6 month suspension of your privileges to drive.
If the violation involves a suspension for driving while intoxicated, there is a mandatory jail sentence of 10-90 days for a first offense and a revocation of 1-2 years. For more information on Hudson County driving while suspended charges click here.
Driving Without Insurance
The penalties for driving an uninsured vehicle are severe under N.J.S.A. 39:6B-2.
- For first offense, you face a fine of $300-$1,000, a period of community service and a suspension of your driver’s license of one year.
- A second or subsequent offense results in a potential fine up to $5,000, 14 days in jail, 30 days of community service and a 2 years suspension.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Leaving the scene of an accident is the more serious companion charge to failure to report an accident. A conviction for violating N.J.S.A. 39:4-129 results in a fine of $200-$400, up to 30 days jail and a 6 month license suspension for a first offense. The penalties for a subsequent offense include a $400-$600 fine, not less than 30 days in jail and a driver’s license suspension of 1 year.