More often than not, motorists who receive wrong way traffic tickets in NJ simply were lost in an unknown area.
They thought they needed to make a certain turn, but––suddenly––they found themselves traveling along a one way street going the wrong way.
If you recently received a NJ traffic ticket for driving the wrong way down a one way street, you could be facing serious consequences.
Be sure to hire an experienced traffic ticket lawyer to help you avoid the negative ramifications of a traffic ticket conviction.
Wrong Way Ticket Basics
According to NJSA 39:4-85.1, certain roads or highways can be designated for one-way traffic only.
However, whenever this is done, the State or municipality must provide you with notice by clearly displaying a one way road sign.
After all, if the state or municipality has not even marked it as a one way street, how can you be expected to know that you are going the wrong way down a one way?
Nevertheless, NJ is usually very good about putting these signs up and ensuring that they are not obstructed.
Therefore, always be on the lookout for these signs and try to drive as safely as possible.
Penalties for Wrong Way Tickets in NJ
If you are convicted of driving the wrong way down a one way in NJ, 2 points will go on your driving record.
Not only that, but you also will face a $50-$200 fine as well as the possibility of 15 days in jail (although it is rarely imposed).
Most importantly, your auto insurance premium will go through the roof. This insurance hike can last close to 4 years and usually results in out of pocket expenses totaling well over $1,000.
Getting Out of a Wrong Way Ticket in New Jersey
One of the best defenses your traffic ticket attorney can make––if it is applicable to your case––is invalid designation.
This means the official who designated the road as a one way road, in actuality, had no legal authority or grounds to do so.
In order for this defense to prevail, your traffic ticket attorney needs to do his homework and present the facts very well.
Additionally, if the roadway simply had no sign––or even if it did but it was obstructed or extremely difficult to see––this could help you in plea negotiations.
Although it will not usually result in an outright dismissal, it will allow your attorney to have a leg up when trying to reduce your charge.
Who Should You Contact?
If you recently received a wrong way ticket in New Jersey (NJSA 39:4-85.1), 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 these sorts of traffic tickets, negotiating with prosecutors, and getting traffic violations reduced.