Call (888) 628-8838 :: We understand the complex laws in New York and New Jersey involving traffic violations. Zuck Legal can help!
Millions of tickets for traffic violations are issued each year in the U.S. New York and New Jersey have enacted a Driver Responsibility Program which assigns points to moving violations and, based on the type of offense, applies surcharges to the offender. In some cases, a driver may face separate fees after they are found responsible for the offense or are convicted. Some of these fees can be very high, which is why the traffic ticket system generates billions of dollars each year.
At Zuck Legal, we understand the complex laws in New York and New Jersey involving traffic violations. Our experienced traffic attorneys will attempt to get your ticket dismissed, the fine reduced, the points eliminated, and eliminate the need for you to go to traffic school.
If you have gotten a ticket for a traffic violation, do not merely pay the fine to avoid further hassle. Traffic offenses can lead to marks on your driving record, an increase in your insurance rates, traffic school, and more. If you leave the issue unaddressed, a traffic violation could cost you thousands of dollars, lead to the loss of your driver’s license, and possibly time in jail.
What is a Traffic Violation?
Traffic laws are generally divided into two categories: infractions and violations. An infraction is not considered a crime, and the penalty is typically a fine. Most traffic tickets are considered infractions. However, a violation is more serious and is generally considered a crime.
Traffic violations may be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony traffic violation. A person who is charged with either of these is provided the same rights as a criminal defendant. They are subject to the booking and bail process and have the right to a trial by a jury or judge.
An individual might be charged with a serious violation if the action threatened to cause injury. For instance, running a stop sign may only be considered an infraction. But, if a person runs a stop sign and hits a pedestrian, the infraction may be categorized as a misdemeanor or possibly a felony.
Different Types of Violations
Traffic violations are broken up into moving and non-moving violations, traffic misdemeanors, and traffic felonies.
The most common moving violations include:
- Running a stop sign or red light
- Driving over the posted speed limit
- Illegal u-turn
- Failing to stop for a pedestrian or school bus
- Illegally passing another vehicle
- Driving illegally in a carpool lane
- Failing to yield the right of way
Depending on the frequency and seriousness of the moving violation, an individual can have their license suspended or permanently revoked. The license suspension can range from weeks to years, depending on the situation.
Some of the most common non-moving violations include:
- Parking in a no-parking zone
- Parking in front of an expired meter
- Parking in front of a fire hydrant
- Double parking
- Blocking a sidewalk
- Parking in a handicapped spot without authorization
Non-moving violations are issued against the vehicle, not the driver. If you do not pay your ticket on time, you will be sent a notice in the mail. If you still fail to pay your ticket, your vehicle can be towed and then impounded. Non-moving violations fines are much lower than moving violations and do not show up on your record.
Common types of traffic misdemeanors include:
- Driving under the influence
- Reckless driving
- Driving on a suspended or revoked license
- Speeding 40 mph or more over the speed limit
- Fleeing the scene of an accident
- Driving without insurance
A traffic violation typically becomes a misdemeanor or felony if it causes injury to a person or property, or has the potential of causing injury or damage.
Types of traffic felonies include:
- Repeat DUI convictions
- Hit and run accidents
- Striking a pedestrian in a crosswalk
- Vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide
Traffic Violation Attorneys NJ & NYC
If you have been charged or ticketed with a traffic violation in New Jersey or New York, call Zuck Legal to discuss your legal options. Our team is not afraid to go head to head with the prosecution. We take time to understand your case and have your traffic offense reduced or dropped altogether.