When you see flashing police lights in your rearview mirror, the feeling of dread that may wash over you is not uncommon. No one likes to be pulled over and ticketed, especially when they don’t believe they were doing anything wrong. Still, New Jersey police officers are often aggressive about issuing traffic violations. New Jersey drivers must be equally aggressive about defending the rights of drivers and fighting those tickets.
If you have been charged with a traffic violation, or any other municipal court violation, in New Jersey, do not make the mistake of thinking that the best way to deal with your ticket is to simply pay it and forget about it. Paying your ticket is the equivalent of pleading guilty! This means you will pay the fines, get the points on your driving record, face insurance premium hikes and more. Also, it’s not unusual for a driver to receive more than one ticket during a traffic stop. Every point on your license puts you one step closer to suspension of your driving privileges. Contact the Law Office of Jill R. Cohen for aggressive legal representation for your traffic tickets.
Before you appear in a New Jersey traffic court, call Camden County traffic lawyer Jill R. Cohen. During a free initial consultation, Ms. Cohen will answer all of your questions and explain how she can help you minimize the damage after you have been cited with a traffic violation. Many clients’ traffic tickets can be dismissed altogether. Others have had their charges and fees significantly reduced, preserving a good driving record. The truth is: almost any ticket can be negotiated with proper legal representation.
Ms. Cohen is a former Camden County assistant prosecutor. As such, she knows how prosecutors think. She will use that unique perspective to your advantage when fighting your traffic violations in Camden, Atlantic, Gloucester and other counties throughout South Jersey. These traffic violations include:
The consequences of traffic violation convictions are significant. Your license can be suspended and your driving privileges can be taken away. You could even be jailed or imprisoned for up to six months without parole if you drive while suspended or revoked. If you are a truck driver and you depend on your commercial driver’s license (CDL), your livelihood is on the line when you face serious traffic violations.
Every traffic offense in New Jersey, from failing to signal to drunk driving, has a number of “penalty points” attached to it. If you get six or more points within three years on your current driving record, you will be assessed a surcharge. If you rack up 12 points in a three-year period, you will have your driving privileges suspended. This means you will not be able to legally operate a motor vehicle in New Jersey. Failure to heed the guidelines of a driver’s license suspension will result in even more serious consequences.
If you are stopped and ticketed for a particular traffic offense, you can fight the ticket with the hope of getting it dismissed or downgraded to a no-point ticket. Or, you can just pay the ticket, which is the equivalent of pleading guilty. If you plead guilty, you get the points, the fines and the probable insurance premium hike. Especially when multiple tickets are issued in one traffic stop, points add up quickly!
Ms. Cohen will also fight your traffic tickets in the NJ Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Points can often be negotiated, and other ways exist to prevent points from appearing on your record.
If you are facing a traffic ticket in New Jersey, don’t go it alone. To prevent the worst consequences of a traffic violation conviction, including penalties, fines, points, a suspended license and even jail time, contact experienced and knowledgeable Cherry Hill traffic lawyer Jill R. Cohen, Esq., for a free consultation today.
As an assistant prosecutor Ms. Cohen litigated complex motions for the State, was an acting Camden City Municipal Prosecutor, and indicted over 800 cases before the Camden County Grand Jury. Ms. Cohen handled hundreds of indictable/felony and juvenile cases and tried numerous jury trials, in areas such as drug possession and distribution, school zone violations, domestic violence, aggravated assault, fraud, burglary, robbery, child sexual assault, child physical abuse, homicides, attempted murder and other crimes of magnitude.
With over 30 years in the criminal justice system, Ms. Cohen has developed a great working relationship with members of the local justice system. Ms. Cohen uses her vast experience to get her clients the best possible results.
Ms. Cohen leaves no stones unturned when she builds aggressive defense strategies designed to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.
The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Attorney Certification Program is designed to help the public make sound and informed choices when deciding to hire an attorney. While there are over 60,000 practicing attorneys in the state of New Jersey, fewer than 250 New Jersey lawyers have been recognized by the NJ Supreme Court as Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys. Camden County criminal lawyer Jill Cohen has been recognized as an NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney every year since 2008. To become a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Ms. Cohen received recommendations from her peers and judges throughout South Jersey.
Regardless of the incidents that led up to your arrest, every resident of New Jersey has the constitutional right to a fair trial. If you have been arrested or are being investigated, you need sound legal advice. Contact me today.