Traffic and Driving Offenses Defense Attorney in NJ
If You Are Facing a Traffic Charge in New Jersey, Consult An Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Today!
While most traffic and driving charges in New Jersey are not technically “criminal” charges, they can still have serious consequences, including potential jail time. Serious traffic offenses can have far reaching effects, beyond the likely loss of your license and driving privileges.
It’s always the right idea to address these situations as quickly as possible. If handled correctly and promptly, there’s often an opportunity to get the charges dismissed. Call me for a free consultation on your traffic ticket or offense in New Jersey, and I’ll let you know what I can do to help.
Some of the more serious traffic offenses I defend include:
- Driving on a Revoked or Suspended License
- Reckless Driving / Careless Driving
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Action in case of accident)
- Driving without Insurance
- Driving without a License
- DWI/DUI/Drunk Driving
As well as lesser traffic charges/infractions such as:
- Speeding (Exceeding maximum speed)
- Expired Registration/License
- Improper passing
- Failure to yield
- Failure to stop
- Failure to pass to right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction
- Driving in an unsafe manner
- Any other Moving Violation
Avoid New Jersey Driver Points
Even just 2 points can potentially double your insurance rates.
2 points in the minimum for any moving violation.
More than two points can trigger surcharges, and run the risk of your insurance company canceling your policy.
Once you get 12 points on your license, your license will be suspended by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). (For a list of all traffic offense violations and related points, refer to the official NJ MVC site.) After you get 6 points in your license, you will receive a warning by mail.
Don’t let any points pile up without a fight. Call me to find out what I can do to help. And if you’ve been charged with a traffic offense that may push you near or over the 12 points mark – you can’t risk losing your license – you need to fight the ticket.
I represent clients on a wide variety of New Jersey traffic infractions. Please call for a free consultation at (888) 628-8394.
Attorney Matthew Reisig
New Jersey Criminal Defense & Automotive/Traffic Defense Lawyer
Frequently Asked Questions
What can a lawyer do for me to fight a New Jersey Traffic Ticket?
- I can often save you points on your license, which saves you money in increased insurance premiums, and surcharges – either by beating the charge(s) or getting them reduced to a lesser number of points that you can live with.
- If you are at risk a suspension for too many points, you may not want to chance arguing the case yourself.
- I know what arguments have a good chance of succeeding, and which ones have no chance.
- There many be specific defenses that you wouldn’t be aware of, depending on the circumstances of the traffic stop specific to your case.
How can I reduce the number of points I have on my New Jersey Driver’s License?
- 1 year after a violation, you can have up to 3 points removed.
- You can get annual safe driver points for
You can also have points subtracted for participation in MVC approved driving programs, such as a
- driver improvement program (up to the 3 point annual maximum once every 2 years)
- defensive driving courts (2 points once every five years)
Here is list of approved driving programs.
What will happen to my Insurance rates?
The insurance companies will surcharge your rates based on the number of points you have. In addition, there are separate points in addition to the official Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), know as “Insurance Points”. The Insurance companies will add insurance points for incidents such as a DWI, traffic accidents, and driving without insurance, which will further increase your rates.
Can I get a work license if my license is suspended?
No. Unlike many states, New Jersey does not issue any work license / hardship license / Cinderella / limited license. You will have to get through the entire period of your suspended license without driving. For this reason, it makes sense to explore every defense possible to fight having your license suspended in the first place.
New Jersey DUI/DWI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
I get the same questions asked to me repeatedly in the course of my law practice, so I’ve compiled many of them here. If you have other questions about a DWI charge in NJ, feel free to call me and I’ll be happy to answer you questions.
It is very unlikely on a first offense. If you are convicted on second offense, it is possible you may face 2 days in jail. A third offense has mandatory jail time of 6 months if you are found guilty.
However, a skilled DWI defense attorney may be able to win your case and keep that from happening, or find a way to avoid jail time being part of your sentence.
There is no one answer to that question, my fees depend on the complexity of the case and the severity of the charges. Will we need expert witnesses? Extra investigations? I’ll have to talk with you and determine how many court dates and estimate how much work it will be to resolve your case. I do charge flat fees. For more details, see my DWI lawyer fees page.
Yes, it is always possible to beat the charges, win the case, or get a dismissal. I’ve had a lot of success getting averting convictions in New Jersey Drunk Driving cases. Call me for details.
You are required to agree to take a breath test as part of New Jersey’s implied consent law.
You will be fined, and receive a license suspension of 6 months for refusing to submit to a chemical BAC test. For a second offense refusal, the license suspension period is 2 years, and it is 10 year for a 3rd offense breath test refusal.
I generally advise people to take the breath test. However, if you refused, there may be defenses to challenge the penalties for refusal.
The place for required alcohol education/awareness classes after a DWI charge is New Jersey’s Intoxicated Drivers Resource Centers (IDRC). For a first offense DWI, you will have to take at least 12 hours of program sessions, which is usually divided up into 2 6 hour sessions, which costs $100.
You will be evaluated by New Jersey’s Intoxicated Driver Program (IDP) unit who can require additional training or treatment at their discretion.
Here is a list of the local IDRC Intoxicated Drivers Resource Centers across New Jersey.
Don’t be overwhelmed by your drunk driving/DWI charges. Take action to get informed and help yourself by calling me for a consultation from an experienced New Jersey DWI defense attorney.
Call Attorney Matthew Reisig for a free legal consultation on all New Jersey motor vehicle issues at (888) 628-8394 or locally at (732) 625-9660.