When Do Fines for NJ Traffic Tickets get Doubled
When you are issued a traffic ticket in New Jersey, the ticket itself typically does not give you the information you need, other than the your court date and violation code. What it does not tell you is that the fines you are subject to may be doubled in a variety of circumstances. The ticket does not tell you how many points you will be assessed, i.e. improper passing in violation of NJSA 39:4-86 is 4 points.
Speeding ticket fines will be doubled of the offense occurred in a 65 mph zone (if you are convicted). Speeding violation fines also double if you are convicted of driving 20 mph or more over the speed limit.
Also, if the traffic offense occurred in a construction zone or “safe corridor” and it is a traffic offense enumerated in NJSA 39:4-203.5, the fines will also be doubled.
In many instances, penalties for a number of traffic and document violations also include surcharges, i.e. driving while suspended, driving without a license under certain sections, driving while intoxicated, just to name a few.
Under extreme facts, an egregious traffic violation could result in jail time. A very high speed speeding ticket, DWI, or a charge of reckless driving could fall into this catagory.
Whenever you receive a traffic violation, there are many possible penalties that you may not be aware of. For this reason, you should contact a lawyer who deals with traffic tickets and provides free consultation. The information you receive will be worth its weight in gold.