Aggressive representation to save you money and protect your license
The state has a legitimate interest in controlling the speed of vehicles: As speed increases, so do traffic accidents, and those higher-speed accidents are likely to be more deadly. But the state also views speeding tickets as a revenue stream, so the fines are high and tickets are notoriously hard to fight. If you’ve been pulled over for speeding, you may be looking at thousands of dollars in fines, fees, surcharges and increased insurance premiums. An experienced attorney who knows how to fight for your rights can help. In Bergen County, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg are ready and able to provide the aggressive defense you need.
New Jersey speeding fines and enhancements
You face several fines for a speeding violation. In New Jersey, the amount is based on several factors:
Miles above the posted speed limit — Fines increase for every 5 miles above the limit and are doubled for speeding in excess of 20 miles per hour. Points also increase as the speed increases, from a two-point violation to as many as five points. Drivers charged with speeding in excess of 30 miles per hour can expect an additional five-point reckless driving charge.
Safe corridor or construction zone — Traffic fines are doubled when the infraction happens in a protected area.
Speeding in tandem — If you’re spotted speeding abreast of another vehicle, the officer could charge you with racing on a highway, which incurs five points.
The points may ultimately be costlier than the fines; the state imposes an annual surcharge for drivers who rack up six points and suspends licenses when the total hits 12. In addition to fines, traffic violations can also come with a county jail sentence of up to 15 days.
The law does give judges some discretion, and prosecutors are often willing to accept pleas to lower the speed charged, which could save you money and lessen the points on your license. Your case might provide the facts necessary for fighting the speeding ticket and getting the charges entirely dismissed. Retaining a defense attorney whose experience you can trust is vital to obtaining a positive result.