I received a ticket for "following too closely" in New Jersey. The ticket carries a $85 fine and 5pt in New Jersey (4pt in Virginia, where I live).
I was in the left lane of a 2 lane highway when a state cop pulls up closely behind me. When I have the chance, I move over to the right lane behind slower cars, and the cop passes. After he passes, I move back into the left lane, and I'm behind the cop car roughly 3 car lengths away in a 55mph zone. After the cop passes several cars, he changes lanes to the right, slows down to below 50mph. I make sure I'm going 55mph or below and pass him, and when safe to do so, move back into the right lane. Then he lights me up. He simply asked for my license/registration/insurance and I politely asked if I could ask what the purpose of the stop was. He (snarkily) said I was following too close and that I required to have a minimum of 300ft in between my car and the car in front of me (can't find this anywhere) and that I was "riding a marked police car" so he's going to give me a ticket.
Should I hire a lawyer to defend me in this case? I only have 1 speeding ticket for 9mph over ~4 yrs ago in NJ (but not on my driving record).
Although no specific distance is specified by the law general rule of thumb is a safe distance to stop your car based on the speed you are going should an emergency arise such as noted by case law 400 feet at 50MPH. That being said with a 5 point ticket I definitely would recommend a lawyer it will save you money and points in the long run as a good lawyer can put a good defense together for you. Most of us traffic ticket lawyers offer a free in office consultation I would suggest that you set one up.
Yes your should and a free consultation costs you nothing. The prosecutor in Rutherford is a reasonable person.
I do suggest an attorney for two reasons. First the ticket can be reduced to careless driving (2 points) =maybe better. Second it can be done by affidavit and you do not need to appear.
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