NJ Reckless Driving Penalties:
1st Offense : Up to 60 days in Jail and $50.00 to $200.00 Fine, plus 5 points on your driver license
2nd Offense : Up to 90 days in Jail and $100 to $500 Fine, plus 5 points on your drivers license
NJ Reckless Driving Law:
A person who drives a vehicle heedlessly, in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of reckless driving.
How We Can Help Win Your NJ Reckless Driving Ticket:
- Eliminating the Jail
- Eliminating The Points
- Eliminating The Fine
Reckless Driving: All Drivers
In New Jersey, Reckless Driving may seem like an ordinary ticket but it is a ticket that has a possible sentence of up to 60 days in jail for a first time offender. In addition to or in place of jail a fine of not less than $50.00 or more than $200.00 will be imposed. On a second offense you face up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of not less than $100.00 or more than $500.00. Because Reckless Driving in NJ is a serious offense, the prosecutor is many times more interested in the jail sentence and points not the fine, thus the reason for the relatively low fine but high points and penalties. In addition to the possibility of jail, if convicted of Reckless Driving you will also receive 5 points on your license. Luckily unlike some other states NJ does not consider Reckless Driving a Criminal or Misdemeanor offense even though jail is possible. So you will not have a criminal record from NJ. But if you are licensed in another state you will need to check your states law to understand how and if a reckless driving conviction may effect your record.
A Reckless Driving Ticket is a surprisingly popular ticket in NJ. Why? Because the standards of proof are so low. To get convicted of Reckless driving the Judge only needs to find that your actions were likely to endanger a person or property. Thus, this offense is like a catchall offense and can include a violation of many other traffic offenses. The most common example is: Speeding can endanger a person or property because the faster you go the more likely you are to get in an accident because it takes more time to brake and slow down in an emergency. Failing to stop at a red light can also be considered reckless driving because, it could have caused an accident if you didn't stop long enough and hit another car etc.
In addition to possible jail the judge does have the option to suspend your drivers license. If you lose your license you could lose your job, your house and all that is important to you! Don't go it alone we can help. Call our office at 1-800-9-RIGHTS or (732) 257-5040 to setup a free in office consultation to find out how we have reduced or eliminated these penalties for our Reckless Driving Clients.
In addition to possible jail and loss or your drivers license you will also be assessed 5 Points on your license for a NJ Reckless Driving ticket. These points can easily amount to an increase in your auto insurance premium of up to $5,000.00 over the next 3 years. The costs of hiring our firm to defend you should save you more than half this money. Most our clients think of hiring our firm for a reckless driving ticket not as a cost but as a refund. This fact alone should be the main reason to hire our firm for your Reckless Driving ticket, Saving Money!
Reckless Driving: CDL Drivers
If you are a CDL licensed truck driver and get a Reckless Driving Ticket in NJ you face the same penalties as a normal passenger car driver. However a judge is much more likely to impose jail or suspension of your drivers license if the offense occurred while you were operating your commercial vehicle. This is because you are considered to be a "professional driver" and judges will hold you to a higher standard because you have a CDL license.
In addition, because a reckless driving ticket is considered a serious traffic offense if you are convicted of any 2 serious traffic offenses within a 3 years period you will be disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for a period of 60 days by the FMCSA even if the judge does not impose a suspension. Because, a Reckless driving ticket is considered a serious offense it does not matter whether the offense occurred in your commercial or personal vehicle to be counted as a serious traffic offense for FMCSA purposes.
Because many insurance companies will not insure a CDL driver with a recent reckless driving ticket most truck drivers will find that they will be unemployed for the next 3 years. Don't let this happen to you call our office set up a free consultation and learn how we can help you win this ticket, keep you out of jail and save your drivers license. The call is free the results could be priceless.
Charged with a Reckless Driving Ticket in New Jersey? Don't go to jail, get your license suspended or get 5 points on your license. We Can Help. CALL 1-800-9-RIGHTS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS WITH A FREE OFFICE CONSULTATION and learn how we can help you WIN your New Jersey reckless driving ticket!
New Jersey Reckless Driving Ticket (39:4-96) Facts:
You may lose your insurance if you get convicted of Reckless Driving in NJ
In NJ if you have 2 or more points already on your NJ drivers license or if you received other tickets worth 2 or more points with your reckless driving ticket you face the loss of your insurance. In NJ if you have more than 7 points on your license most insurance companies will drop your coverage and require you to obtain insurance thru the New Jersey Personal Automobile Insurance Plan. In this plan the insurance premiums are typically more than double or triple what most people pay.
By Hiring our office to represent you, you can save money , points and most importantly jail
NJ is one of the states with the highest insurance rates. Except for DWI or Leaving the Scene of an Accident a reckless driving ticket will raise your insurance more than any other ticket, in fact many insurance companies charge you as if you got up to 3 tickets. Thus, hiring our firm to reduce this ticket will in most cases save you money. If you got other tickets with your reckless driving charge we can help you with those too. Call today and setup your free in office consultation to learn more!
You may lose your insurance if you get convicted of Reckless Driving in NJ
Most people assume that a DWI is the worst ticket that you can get from a police officer. Wrong! A 1st offense reckless driving ticket (39:4-96) in NJ carries double the possible jail time compared to a first offense DWI (30 days for DWI versus 60 days for Reckless Driving). Thus, if you are charged with a Reckless Driving Ticket in the State of New Jersey you must seek out the assistance of the best lawyer you can afford. With over 25years of experience and over 11,000 cases you know that Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg, can get the result you need for your Reckless Driving Charge: Not Guilty.
Did you Get your Reckless Driving ticket with other tickets if so you face additional penalties
Although not common many people get a Reckless Driving Ticket with other tickets such as Speeding (30mph plus), Racing on the Highway, DWI or Leaving the Scene of an Accident. You can get convicted of both the Reckless driving and the underlying ticket. The good new is that unlike other states Reckless Driving in NJ is not considered a criminal offense. The bad new is that it can have the same consequences including jail and the loss of your drivers license.
Helping Reckless Drivers Get NOT GUILTY Verdicts For 30 Years
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Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg has represented over 12,000 clients over the past 30 years. We handle Reckless Driving Tickets in every municipal and criminal court in New Jersey. If you want to win your Reckless Driving charge you must get the Best Lawyer possible. Just because you made a mistake does not mean that you deserve to go to jail, have your drivers license suspended or have 5 points on your license. Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg is ranked one of the TOP TEN Criminal Lawyers by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys and was selected for the past five years as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. Call Now and setup your Free In Office Consultation for your NJ Reckless Driving Ticket Now at 1-800-9-RIGHTS to learn how to Win. Because, its simple when you hire the best lawyer you put the best chance of winning on your side!
Under NJSA: 39:5-31: A judge may suspend the driving privileges of any person he/she deems to be guilty of a “willful violation” of the law. In simplified layman terms this means that, if the driver knew or should have known, what he/she was doing was illegal or improper, (example running a red light or speeding double the limit or 30mph or more over the limit etc.) the judge may issue a license revocation or suspension to that person even if the particular statute has no provision for a license suspension.
A suspension under 39:5-31 is generally only given by a judge when a ticket is either:
- Marked with a mandatory court appearance or
- When an accident occurs as a result of the ticketed persons actions or
- If the person has a bad past driving record. (points may go away over time, but the violation stays on your record for life)
Accordingly, If your ticket is marked mandatory court appearance, do not try to handle this ticket yourself, put the experience of Attorney Aalsberg to work for you to help reduce or eliminate any possible license suspension. Attorney Aalsberg has a 98%* Success rate to win, reduce or eliminate the penalties for all NJ traffic ticket charges.