What are the Consequences of a New Jersey Cell Phone Violation?

What are the Consequences of a New Jersey Cell Phone Violation?

It seems like everywhere you go, people are driving with their eyes tilted downward. This is an extremely concerning epidemic, as nationwide, more fatal accidents are caused by distracted driving than anything else. When police pull you over for a cell phone violation, they are not pulling you over for chatting with your friends. They are pulling you over because you are putting the lives of everyone around you in jeopardy. Additionally, you do not have to text and drive for the duration of your ride to cause an accident; you can cause an accident just by taking your eyes off the road for even one second. Because of the recent surge in distracted driving accidents and deaths, New Jersey has ramped up the consequences for a cell phone violation. If you have been charged, here are some of the questions you may have regarding cell phone violation penalties:

What are the penalties for a cell phone violation?

Cell phone violations will increase in their severity, depending on whether this is your first, second, third, or subsequent offense. If this is your first cell phone violation, you may face a fine between $200 and $400. Second cell phone violations result in a $400-$600 fine. If you are someone who is struggling financially, this may greatly set you back, or make you have to choose between food and paying your bills. If this is your third or subsequent cell phone violation, you face a fine between $600 and $800, as well as 3-points added to your driving record. These points may impact your insurance premiums for years to come, causing you to shell out more money than you would otherwise, on a yearly basis. Hiring an experienced attorney can help you fight these charges. An attorney may have your charges mitigated, or dropped altogether, in certain cases. 

Are there any instances where I am allowed to use a cell phone while driving?

The general rule of thumb is that you may only use an electronic device without hands-free capabilities if you believe your life, or someone else’s life, is in danger. For example, you may use a cell phone to report a possible criminal act, fires, traffic crashes, medical emergencies, road hazards, or a reckless driver on the road. 

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