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How Can a New Jersey Traffic Ticket Affect My Out-of-State Drivers License?
Getting pulled over in a state other than your home state always seems a little extra stressful and uncomfortable. There are good reasons for that discomfort, since if you want to challenge the ticket, you will have to go back to that county’s courthouse.
Your New Jersey traffic ticket lawyer from Jean Baptiste & Associates, LLC will be able to handle almost everything without your presence being required here in New Jersey. We will handle the paperwork, pretrial hearings, negotiations, and will do our best to take the stressful burden of the legal hurdles off your shoulders so that you can be with your family and live your life.
New Jersey Traffic Tickets and Out-of-State Licenses
Getting a ticket in New Jersey as an out-of-state driver will likely cost you points on your license back home because of two state compacts to share traffic violation information.
- The first is called the Driver License Compact and includes the District of Columbia and every state that uses a point system except Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. One benefit to an out-of-state ticket is that, despite the severity, they may cost fewer points than they normally would in your home state.
- The other agreement is called the Nonresident Violator Compact and all points states except for Alaska, California, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, and Wisconsin are members. This one basically guarantees out-of-state motorists the same rights and privileges as in-state drivers.
The states not party to either of these agreements either don’t use a points system or have their own methods for handling out-of-state traffic violations.
Fines can be paid and surcharges eventually end, but points can hang on to your license for years. Your home state most likely uses a point schedule to determine how many points you can accrue before losing your license. Just like any other ticket, an out-of-state ticket will add to this total.
These penalties can be destructive to both your personal and professional lives. Depending on your state, the options for reducing your points may be highly limited and inconvenient. Regardless, you don’t want to risk losing your license just because you forgot that New Jersey had lower speed limits than your home state or something similar.
With that in mind, it’s essential to fight every ticket as if it could be the one to cost you your license.
Free Out-of-State Ticket Case Evaluation!
If you have received a traffic ticket in New Jersey as an out-of-state driver, you should do your best to fight it. You will most likely still receive points and pay fines, so your finances and freedom are both at risk. Talk to your out-of-state traffic ticket lawyer from Jean Baptiste & Associates, LLC to find out the best way to avoid the most penalties.
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