What Happens If I Don’t Respond to My New Jersey Traffic Ticket?
Responding to a traffic ticket is no one's idea of fun, but that does not mean that you should not do so if you get one. Whether you plan on simply paying the fine or fighting the ticket, not taking action before the deadline to respond expires can result in a number of undesirable consequences and a lot more trouble for you overall.
If you have been issued a traffic ticket in New Jersey and don't know what to do, don't simply ignore it. Call The Law Office of Peter Briskin, P.C. at (908) 279-7979 to consult with a knowledgeable New Jersey Traffic ticket lawyer.
The Consequences of Ignoring a Traffic Ticket in New Jersey
When it comes to traffic tickets, the easiest way to make an already unpleasant situation more unpleasant is to ignore the ticket. If you miss the deadline to pay the fine, it may be increased and maybe even doubled. Furthermore, if you did not already have a date to appear in court, you will most certainly have one after missing the deadline to pay or respond to the ticket.
The best thing to do, at that point, would be to appear in court and, preferably, be ready to pay the fine and explain why you didn't respond sooner. If you are still unable to pay the fine, for some reason, the court will make you aware of certain options that can help you resolve the issue.
However, if you don't appear, you may be found guilty of the offense by default, face additional fines and penalties, and have your license suspended by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Then, if you are caught driving on a suspended license, there will be an additional charge and even more consequences to deal with.
Finally, if you continue to ignore the traffic ticket, things can get even worse for you. The court may issue and warrant for your arrest and sentence you to a period of incarceration. If you are arrested, you may be required to post bail and to petition the court for a new court date in order to lift the warrant and be released.
The bottom line is that it is far better to respond to a traffic ticket promptly than to put it off until it becomes a problem you simply can't ignore. So, instead of shoving the ticket in a drawer and forgetting about it, contact an experienced New Jersey traffic ticket lawyer who can help you resolve it in the best way possible.
Contact an Experienced New Jersey Traffic Ticket Lawyer
If you are someone you know has received a traffic ticket in New Jersey, you need to respond to it promptly in order to avoid harsher penalties and consequences. To have the best possibility of resolving your traffic ticket with the least possible consequences, consult with an experienced New Jersey traffic ticket lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact The Law Office of Peter Briskin, P.C. today at (908) 279-7979, or visit our website to arrange a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey traffic ticket lawyer. We can help you avoid the hassle and resolve your traffic ticket in a timely and efficient manner.