When Should You Hire a Lawyer to Fight Your Traffic Ticket?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Have you been issued a ticket for a traffic violation recently? If so, you may be wondering whether it is beneficial for you to hire a lawyer or not. Depending on the severity of the charge, gaining professional legal representation may be worthwhile. A traffic offense can result in points on the license, license revoked, jail time, and expensive fines. And don’t forget about the insurance company – a traffic violation can make auto insurance rates go up. It’s already nerve wracking enough when you get pulled over for not abiding by the rules, but even more so when the traffic offense issues a court appearance. But, with an experienced traffic law attorney in Burlington County, NJ, on your side, you can strategize to achieve a better outcome for the misdemeanor.

 

According to the National Motorists Association, less than 5% of people contest their ticket. The penalty for a traffic offense varies according to what kind of misdemeanor it is. If your situation is one or more of the following, hiring a lawyer is a worthy investment.

 

The traffic ticket fine is pricy. An experienced attorney can help get the fine reduced or dismissed, although some tickets may not have a fine high enough to justify hiring a lawyer. But, even so, if the tickets go unpaid, the fine becomes larger, which makes hiring an attorney a bargain.

 

You don’t understand your rights as a driver in New Jersey. A lawyer who practices traffic law will be able to help you understand your rights and provide you with a higher chance of generating a better outcome. He or she will know the best approach for battling the ticket.

 

The traffic offense put points on your license. The more points you have on your license, the closer you are it having it revoked. If the points remain on your license, you will have to always be warry of the traffic laws and be careful driving, since another violation could warrant more points, leading to your license getting taken away. A lawyer can help get the points cleared.

 

You don’t want a conviction on your record. When you pay a ticket rather than fight it, it counts as a conviction on your record, which is what can cause your insurance rate to rise. However, a lawyer can negotiate with the county traffic court or local municipal to get the conviction lifted.

 

New Jersey is one of the most difficult states to drive in due to its high population and specific traffic regulations. If you are faced with penalties for a traffic offense, give me a call today for a consultation. I will fight for your rights and create a legal approach that will generate a better outcome for your situation.

What are Your Rights at Sobriety Checkpoints?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Sobriety checkpoints may cause a hassle for motorists trying to make it home on time to celebrate the holidays, but when it comes down to it, many a life has been saved through routine checks of driver intoxication on the days statistically linked to greater rates of drunk driving.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years’ are all cause for celebration, and accordingly, individuals are both more likely to drink to excess and drive further distances, both on and around the actual holidays. This is the reason for increased police presence and greater instances of sobriety checkpoints on or around these dates.

If you find yourself approaching a DUI checkpoint this holiday season, and are concerned about ensuring your rights are fully protected while being checked for signs of impairment or intoxication, take my advice – as a criminal lawyer serving Haddonfield and other areas of New Jersey, I have worked to represent hundreds of defendants in DUI and DWI cases.

What can I expect?

It is important to know what to anticipate during a DUI checkpoint, in order to understand (and possibly recall later) if police are acting in a manner consistent with your constitutional rights. One checkpoint can be very different from the next, and operations vary by state, according to what is allowed on the part of the authorities.

In the state of New Jersey, police will most likely check your tags and licenses, peer into the vehicle for any signs of intoxication, such as open containers of alcoholic beverages, and briefly assess the condition of the driver by smelling for alcohol on their breath and looking for signs of impairment.

Are police able to search my car?

Constitutional rights still apply at checkpoints, and unless police have probable cause to believe that you are under the influence, they are not permitted to forcibly search your car. While you can permit them to do so, it is not recommended, and you are not required to do so – even if the request is couched in language that makes it seem as if allowing the search will end the encounter more quickly.

You are also not required to answer any questions, or admit to breaking the law in any way when asked.

Police are legally allowed to use drug sniffing dogs during checkpoint operations, and while a positive “sniff” can serve as probable cause to search a vehicle, this is still no reason to waive one’s rights.

What steps can I take to protect myself if accused of a DUI/DWI?

It is absolutely imperative that you contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible. In general, while it is important that you cooperate with the police, you should not waive your right to remain silent; the less you say about your situation, the less can be construed as a confession. Make calling a lawyer the first action you take, in order to avoid any missteps that could destroy certain legal pathways you may otherwise have open to you after the fact.