Think twice before shoving that traffic ticket in the glove compartment or your purse!
Failing to respond to a NJ traffic ticket is extremely serious.
Since New Jersey considers this a crime, you can end up having a bench warrant issued for your arrest or flat out lose your license.
Failing to Appear in Traffic Court
If you fail to respond to your NJ traffic ticket, you will be issued a “Failure to Appear” notice.
In that letter, you will be given certain directives to follow and told to do so by a certain date. If you fail to comply, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest.
Imagine the shock on the faces of those around you when police come knocking on your door ready to cuff you for failing to respond to a traffic ticket.
Even if you are not arrested immediately, the warrant will stay active and open until the court discharges or withdraws it. That could be months or even years later!
Aside from a bench warrant potentially being issued, the State of New Jersey can have the DMV suspend your license outright.
Remember, this suspension happens immediately and might make it difficult to renew an out-of-state license.
Be Responsible With Your NJ Traffic Tickets
In a situation where you know that you will not be able to go to court, be proactive! Call, e-mail, or write a letter to the court explaining your circumstances.
If you do not hear back from them, contact them again. When possible, keep proof of the correspondences for your records.
If you are diligent enough in letting the Municipal Court know, it will be very hard for them to argue that you failed to respond.
Nevertheless, if the court––after considering what you told them––still compels you to appear and you fail to do so, you could be facing a failure to appear charge and all the negative ramifications that come with it.
New Jersey courts will almost always require you to appear with your lawyer.
Although some Municipal Courts will honor an affidavit of hardship indicating that it would be unduly burdensome for you to come to court, many judges look down upon this practice.
Consequently, you could end up hiring a lawyer to go into court and having him successfully negotiate a plea with the prosecutor on your behalf just to find out that the affidavit of hardship he submits to the judge gets denied (and so too the plea bargain)!
In such a case––and with such a judge––you will no doubt have to come in to court with your lawyer.
Therefore, it is crucial to make sure that you not only respond to your NJ traffic tickets, but you also show up to court with your attorney on the scheduled date and at the appropriate time.
Who Should You Contact?
If you recently received a New Jersey traffic ticket, contact Michael Botton of The Botton Law Firm today at 732-894-3686. His team of NJ traffic ticket attorneys have years of experience fighting traffic tickets, negotiating with prosecutors, and reducing traffic violations.