When you get a traffic ticket in New Jersey, you have a few options. Either you can plead guilty, pay the ticket and hope your insurance premiums don’t go up too high; you can plead not guilty and go to trial; or you can enter a plea bargain. A plea bargain is an option in which you would agree to plead guilty and, in return, the court would agree to lessen the penalties or drop one or more charges.
In New Jersey, you are permitted to plea bargain certain traffic tickets in the municipal court of the location in which you committed the traffic violation. Some of the traffic infractions that a person would be permitted to plea bargain include reckless driving, speeding and other traffic violations. It is important to be aware that you cannot plea bargain a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge in New Jersey. However, lesser offenses can be plea bargained.
It is important that if you plan to plea bargain your traffic violation, you have the assistance of an experienced attorney. Depending on the severity of the traffic violation, you may incur points on your license. When points are added to your license, your insurance premiums may increase each month and you may end up paying more in the long run. In addition, if you incur too many points on your license, it may be suspended.
If you have received a traffic ticket and would like to assess your options, contact our firm today.