Traffic Offenses

Traffic Offenses

New Jersey Attorneys Manage Provisional License Violations for Young Drivers

Enforcing responsibility while minimizing harsh consequences
Young drivers are liable to make mistakes while developing their skills and learning to use sound judgment. New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) program is designed to encourage responsible driving by expanding driving privileges over time. Yet, the system remains quite punitive for youths who are charged with moving violations. Convictions result in costly fines, license restrictions and expensive increases in insurance premiums, which many families simply cannot afford. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, our attorneys understand that consequences are often necessary to enforce important lessons, but excessive punishments rarely serve any positive purpose. We work aggressively to ensure that young drivers get every advantage under the law and that their rights are protected.

Restrictions on plea bargains for provisional license drivers in New Jersey
Since 2008, county prosecutors in New Jersey have been operating under an attorney general’s order prohibiting plea bargains with probationary drivers that would reduce a penalty point violation to a no-point violation. The rationale was to ensure a proper tally of points so probationary drivers who required additional instruction would be required to enter a driver improvement program. Prosecutors retain the discretion to dismiss charges altogether for lack of evidence.

How a skilled New Jersey traffic offense attorney can help
The Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg helps young drivers by:

Fighting for a dismissal of the ticket — At first glance, it looks like the attorney general’s order creates an all-or-nothing proposition: Either the driver is guilty or the ticket gets dismissed. This is certainly true when a driver is charged with the lowest possible penalty point offense, for example a two-point careless driving charge. In such cases, it’s vitally important to have an experienced traffic violations attorney who can challenge the state’s case and point out flaws in the evidence.
Negotiating a reduction in penalty points and fines — The attorney general’s order does not completely eliminate plea negotiation. For example, an attorney for a young driver accused of speeding at 20 miles above the speed limit could bargain the charge down to speeding at 14 miles above the limit. The fine would be reduced, the penalty points would be two instead of four, and the driver would not have to enter a driver improvement program for this single offense.
At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, our attorneys fight to minimize the consequences of probationary license violations, saving our clients money and preserving their driving privileges.

Traffic Offenses

Bergen County Defense Attorneys Fight New Jersey Traffic Offenses

Aggressive defense to fines, penalties and license suspensions
Though most traffic offenses in New Jersey are not technically crimes, they still carry harsh penalties, including fines, license points, license suspensions and even jail time. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to fight your ticket and minimize the damage done to your driving record. While success in any case depends on the facts, we have a strong record of positive results that reduce overall costs to our clients.

How New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission points affect you
The point system tallies your driving infractions. It can affect your driving privileges and cost you money:

Receiving six points within three years results in a surcharge of at least $150 that can last for three years.
After you receive 12 points, the state suspends your license.
Points on your license may result in increases to your insurance premiums.
You must go one year without a violation or enter an approved driver education program to get three points off your license. It is always easier to accumulate points than to get them off your record. If you’ve been cited for a traffic violation, you must fight that ticket to protect your driving record.

Experienced municipal court attorneys fight NJ traffic charges
An experienced attorney can help you by exposing weaknesses in the state’s case against you so the prosecutor either reduces the charges or dismisses the ticket. Our attorneys know how to fight a speeding ticket. Whether you were racing on the highway or speeding, or accused of reckless driving or careless driving, we may be able to keep points off your license and help you avoid a license suspension. We also have extensive experience helping young people charged with probationary license violations preserve their driving privileges.

Contact our Bergen County defense attorneys to fight your traffic citation
A moving violation in New Jersey is costly in many ways and may even include jail time. For an aggressive defense that can save you money and preserve your driver license, call the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg at 201.371.5276 at any time or contact us online. Our office is just 1 mile north of the George Washington Bridge, Exit 1 off the Palisades Parkway, and it’s easily accessible by bus or New Jersey Transit.