What Is the Cost of A New Jersey Speeding Ticket?
Fines: A speeding ticket in New Jersey costs between $85 and $260 depending how far over the limit one goes. It costs $85 for going 1-9 mph over; $95 for 10-14 mph; $105 for 15-19 mph; $200 for 20-24 mph; $220 for 25-29 mph; $240 for 30-34 mph; and $260 for 35-39 mph over. The fine is doubled for drivers going 10 mph or more over a 65+ mph speed limit.
Court costs: Drivers who challenge their speeding ticket in court must pay a $34 fee.
Surcharges. When a driver is convicted of six or more points worth of speeding tickets in New Jersey over three years, he/she will be required to pay a surcharge. The surcharge is an additional fee on top of the fine associated with the ticket. A NJ surcharge costs $150 plus $25 for each point over six.
Points: The number of points a driver gets for a NJ speeding ticket depend on the driver’s speed. Going 1-14 mph over the limit is worth 2 points; 15-29 mph over is worth 4 points; and speeding 30 mph or more is worth 5 points.
Auto insurance premium increase. A conviction for speeding means the offense will appear on one’s NJ driving record. Auto insurers will inevitably notice the conviction and adjust one’s rate accordingly. One study found a single speeding ticket can raise rates by as much as 15%. Remember that in New Jersey traffic tickets stay on one’s driving record for life!
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Hiring an Attorney to Fight a NY Speeding Ticket
The combination of fines, surcharges and insurance increases that result from a speeding ticket can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars. As such, in most cases hiring a lawyer to get the ticket reduced or dismissed (if possible) will save drivers money. In most cases, an attorney can reduce a New Jersey speeding ticket to a lower-point violation. Such reductions can mitigate the impact on one’s driving record and auto insurance rates.
For drivers that may find it difficult to appear in traffic court—especially those who live out of state—a lawyer can file an affidavit of hardship that in some cases will allow him/her to enter the plea and argue the case without the client appearing in court.
Out-of State Drivers with New Jersey Speeding Tickets
It is unfortunately common for drivers to think that if they do not live in New Jersey then a NJ speeding ticket does not affect them. This is very wrong and can result in serious consequences. New Jersey is a member of the interstate Drivers License Compact, in which participating states share information about each other’s drivers. That means the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission will send a notice to other states’ licensing authority with details about any NJ traffic violations for which an out-of-state driver was convicted. Drivers who make the mistake of ignoring or forgetting to respond to a NJ speeding ticket will be sent a “Failure to Appear” notice, with instructions on how and when to respond. Refusing to comply with those directions or missing the deadline can result in New Jersey issuing a warrant for the person’s arrest!
Fortunately, drivers from other states can hire a New Jersey traffic ticket attorney to handle the speeding ticket case for them. New Jersey is quite strict about requiring drivers to appear in court to handle traffic matters, with or without an attorney. Those who live outside the state have more leverage, however. As mentioned above, by filing an affidavit of hardship it is possible to have an attorney appear in court in one’s stead.