Ask an NJ Attorney: Speeding Tickets in Egg Harbor, NJ
Why did I get a speeding ticket?
New Jersey has defined speed limits based upon the district a road is in. The Commissioner of Transportation however reserves the right to determine a higher or lower speed limit provided that the speed limit is safe and reasonable for that roadway. In any case where the speed limit deviates from the normal there will be a posted notice of the speed limit which a driver must follow. Default speed limits which must be obeyed include:
- 25 miles per hour when children are present or visible.
- 25 miles per hour in a residential or business area.
- 35 miles per hour in a suburban business or residential zone.
- 50 miles per an hour on all other roadways.
If you violate the speed limit you will be ticketed by a law enforcement officer.
This ticket can have serious consequences. You may be required to pay a fine or be assessed points on your license. For traveling one to fourteen miles over the speed limit you can receive 2 points on your license. Fifteen to twenty-nine miles over the speed limit can result in four points. Thirty miles or more over the speed limit can result in five points. If you are assessed points you will face a surcharge on your insurance for several years. If you have 6 or more points over the last three years you can face additional surcharges through the Motor Vehicle Commission. All in all, a single speeding ticket can end up costing you thousands of dollars.
What should I do after I have received a speeding ticket?
If you have received a speeding ticket in New Jersey your first step should be to contact a traffic lawyer. A traffic attorney is an expert in traffic law. He can quickly and easily identify weak points in the state’s case to further reduce or completely eliminate the number of points you receive. Less points on your license means you will not be charged with higher insurance premiums. Reducing or eliminating points from your speeding ticket can help you avoid being disqualified from the “voluntary market” and paying even higher rates on an “assign ed risk” plan. Do not delay in contacting a traffic attorney if you have received a speeding ticket in New Jersey.
Do you need an attorney if you are issued a speeding ticket?
If you have been stopped and issued a speeding ticket, I invite you to contact me. Under certain circumstances, such as when the penalties are severe, you are facing a revocation of your driving privileges or there are related criminal charges, it may be advisable to seek an experienced traffic attorney. I have been representing clients in traffic related matters in Egg Harbor, NJ and all of the surround townships and counties in southern New Jersey, including those that have become traffic traps along the Atlantic City Expressway. Contact me today for a free, initial consultation.