I'm 19, got a 50 mph speeding ticket in a 25 mph zone in New Jersey. There were several people pulled over by about 4 officers sitting behind an overpass with laser guns. I'm worried because this is at least a 4 point ticket, and I already have a 2 point ticket for reckless driving in an empty parking lot. I have a probationary license and I am worried about suspension of my license as I commute to school everyday.
Would it be possible to plea unsafe operation and avoid suspension?
Ticket says "In Excess by 25-29, 50 MPH in a 25 MPH Zone"
Yes it is possible to save your license and eliminate the points, but without a good lawyer its not that likely. I suggest you set up a consultation. Most of us traffic ticket lawyers offer a free in office consultation so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. It may not be cheap to hire a good lawyer, but if you don't get the best, any money you spent may be wasted with the same result you could have gotten yourself. Just so you know in some courts simply going double the speed limit in an of itself could lead to a judge ordered suspension, thus the need for good counsel.
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You certainly have good reason to be worried. You have no chance of saving your license without retaining counsel. It is not just the fines you face, but the increased cost of insurance. Listen to the advice that Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg gave you and setup an in person consultation with a speeding ticket/traffic lawyer. The advice Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg has furnished to you is correct. You need to immediately protect your rights and hire a speeding ticket/traffic lawyer. A quality attorney will only meet you in their office, because attorney client privilege will only protect you in person, but not over the phone or through the Internet. A quality attorney will never discuss your case over the phone or Internet. You should not be restricted by geographic factors. Good luck.
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Unfortunately, no. New Jersey does not accept pleas to no point violations on probationary licenses. As a second offense, you only option is to fight the ticket because you are looking at a possible suspension and two or more violations totaling 4 or more points requires completion of a safe driving course. Good luck.
You need to consult and retain a experienced traffic attorney. Yes, 25 mph over the speed limit is 4 points. You must mean that you got a careless as this is a two point ticket, not reckless which is a fine point ticket. There is not only the potential for your insurance rates to spike, but also the chance of paying a separate surcharge to the DMV, not to mention a possible license loss. That you have a provisional license only excaserbates these facts. Start looking into attorneys. Most offer free initial consultations in these types of matters and you can find many qualified ones using avvo. Otherwise retain a public defender. Point is don't go in on this alone. Good luck
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Probationary drivers are not allowed to take any plea which reduces points on a ticket. If you are very close to getting your full license, it may be possible to delay to that point. By the way "reckless" driving is a 5 point ticket so either you have 5 points or got a different ticket.
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You asked - What should I do?
ANSWER - SLOW THE HECK DOWN! People die from things like this. You are 19 and need to learn responsibility.
You need to talk to attorney as soon as possible, but you should also change you license as soon as possible. Is there a reason why you still have a probationary license at 19. You only need to have the probationary for 1 year so if you have had it for over a year go to dmv and change it to basic. As the other attorneys have stated you cannot plea bargain on a probationary license.
Unfortunately, as a probationary driver, you are not eligible to plea bargain in municipal court. If you want to fight this ticket, you will need an attorney. You may also want to explore taking a defensive driving course to have two points removed from your record (reckless driving is five points, not two, FYI), which will look good to your insurance carrier and will minimize the potential of MVC surcharges. Your attorney will also be able to help you avoid suspension, or at the very least to lessen the suspension length (bear in mind judges have the discretion to suspend your driving privileges if they find you acted in a willful manner).
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If you have a probationary license then negotiating a resolution can become more of a challenge. You should be discussing your case in detail and in private with an attorney who can better assist you. You should do this before your next scheduled court appearance if you haven't done so already.
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