What You Should Know About Cell Phone Violations in New Jersey
We probably do not want to admit it, but roughly 80 percent of us have used our cell phones while driving. More than an embarrassment, getting caught by police can result in hefty fines. If you have received tickets for talking or texting while driving, please read on, then contact a skilled Bergen County, NJ cell phone violation attorney to learn what you should know about cell phone violations in New Jersey.
What you should know about cell phone violations in New Jersey
In New Jersey, the penalties for cell phone violations will depend on the number of times, if any, you have previously committed this offense. The penalties are as follows:
- $200 to $400 fine
- $400 to $600 fine
- $600 to $800 fine
- Suspension of driving privileges for up to 90 days
- 3 points on your license
In order to count as a second, third or subsequent offense, each instance must occur within the same 10 year period.
Do you have to go to court for a cell phone ticket in New Jersey?
Yes, every ticket now requires a court appearance. However, if your offense is listed on the Statewide Violations Bureau schedule and the officer did not check the “Court Appearance Required” box, you can simply pay the fine without an appearance if you intend to plead guilty.
Can you fight a cell phone ticket in New Jersey?
The easiest way to fight a New Jersey cell phone ticket is to prove that your vehicle was not moving at the time the violation occurred. If your vehicle was not moving, your use of an electronic device does not fall under the umbrella of the state’s cell phone law. To do this, you should reach out to a skilled Bergen County, NJ traffic ticket attorney who will accompany you to court and argue your case before a judge. He or she can also draft a letter declaring your innocence. If nothing else, a qualified legal representative can help you negotiate with the prosecutor to reduce the charges. None of this will be easy, because the courts will not simply take your word. Furthermore, should you fail, these violations will stay on your record for a minimum of 36 months. For insurance purposes, traffic convictions last three years. Do not go it alone. Call us today.
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