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I would suggest you contact an attorney to assist you in this matter. If you merely left your license at home accidentally, then an attorney may be successful in obtaining a plea deal with the prosecutor for a lesser violation, potentially saving you points on your license and from a license suspension. Fines may or may not be reducible, as well.
Feel free to contact my office if you have any questions.
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It depends on the charge. If they charged you for driving without a license, then you should definitely fight it since you have a valid NJ license. If, on the other hand, they charged you with failure to exhibit documents then you don't need a lawyer to fight that. If you want to try and fight it, go to court with your license and hopefully the prosecutor will waive the fine for you. That will save you about $150 in fines and you will only pay $33 in court costs.