Consequences of Speeding in New Jersey

Drivers are required to follow all the rules of the road when they are behind the wheel of a car. There are several rules for a driver to abide while on the road. One of the most important rules that is frequently disregarded is the speed limit. Speeding can be and frequently is dangerous, and can cause accidents for others on the road, including the driver himself/herself.

Speeding violations are taken very seriously in the State of New Jersey as law enforcement officers and courts work hard to enforce the speed limit. These violations result in certain fines and penalties. Consequences for the offense depend on the circumstances surrounding the violation and the past driving record of the defendant. Offenders will receive points on their license, assessed not by the judge but by the MVC (Motor Vehicle Commission). Accumulating points on a record can reflect on an increase in personal finances, car insurance payments, as well as a possible license suspension.

Violations

Drivers who are found speeding may be subject to certain consequences. They may be issued a ticket by the law enforcement officer that pulls them over on the road. This can result in fines as well as points on their license. In New Jersey, a driver can receive anywhere from 2-5 points on their license for this offense. This amount of points a driver can receive depends on the speed they were driving. The point system in New Jersey is as follows:

  • 2 points for 1-14 mph over the speed limit
  • 4 points for driving 15-29 mph over the speed limit
  • 5 points for driving 30 mph or more over the speed limit

If drivers are found to be speeding excessively over the speed limit, they may be issued a ticket for reckless driving. This is a different offense that requires other penalties, including 5 points on a driver’s record. As driver accumulates points, they face additional consequences. If a driver in New Jersey collects 6 or more points on their license within 3 years, he/she will pay insurance surcharges for three years. If they accrue 12 or more points, their license could be suspended.

Plea Bargains

When facing a traffic violation such as speeding, an offender may wish to enlist an attorney to help them with the legal matters. Sometimes, an experienced attorney may be able to lessen the charges against a driver. Prosecutors are open to working with an attorney in most cases to avoid a lengthy trial and to make the overall result fairer. This Firm’s attorneys have appeared in court thousands of times in such situations, and can evaluate the best recourse for the driver.

Contact our Firm

If you or someone you know was issued a speeding violation and wishes to speak with an attorney, contact REM Katcher Law Group P.C. today.