You’ve been pulled over and receive a citation for speeding. You contemplate simply paying the fine to settle the matter quickly. This may not be a good idea for a variety of reasons.
Here are a few things you should consider before you act after receiving a speeding ticket.
New Jersey’s Point System
In New Jersey, drivers accumulate points for traffic convictions. The points a driver receives for a speeding conviction depends on the speed at which they were traveling and can range anywhere from two to five points. If a driver accumulates six or more points in three years, they must pay annual surcharges. If they accumulate 12 points or more in two years, their license may be suspended.
No matter the number of previous convictions you have received in traffic court, it can be a good idea to fight your ticket to avoid the consequences of added points. You may have to pay hefty fines, face suspension or revocation of your driving privileges and an increase in insurance premiums.
Defending Yourself Against A Speeding Ticket
You have options to challenge a speeding ticket before a judge. There are a variety of defenses that can be raised, including:
- The radar gun was not properly calibrated
- The cop was not appropriately trained to operate the radar gun
- Your ticket contains errors
- It is a case of mistaken identity
To challenge a speeding ticket, you may want to arrive at court with evidence such as pictures of where you received the ticket and a diagram of the road.
Paying a speeding ticket is an admission of guilt. Consulting with an attorney before you act can help you learn your options and rights under the law.