One of the most common offenses in municipal court is speeding. This is particularly true when it comes to Mercer County municipalities with numerous major roadways like East Windsor, Hamilton, Trenton, Robbinsville and Lawrence Township. If you were issued a ticket or summons for speeding in Mercer County, an attorney at our firm can help you avoid points and other consequences that result from a plea or finding of guilt. Our staff of former municipal prosecutors and veteran attorneys have over a century of experience defending speeding and companion motor vehicle charges throughout the county. To speak to a lawyer about how we can help you escape your speeding violation, call us at 609–683–8102.Speeding Charge in Mercer County New Jersey
The charge of speeding is set forth at N.J.S.A. 39:4-98. Five different types of speed zones are set forth in accordance with this law and they are: (1) School Zones; (2) Business and Residential Districts; (3) Suburban Business and Residential Districts; (4) Sixty-Five Miles per Hour Zones; (5) Speed Zones Established by Regulation, Ordinance or Resolution; and (6) Fifty Miles per Hour Speed Zone. The speed limit is twenty-five miles per hour in school zones and in business and residential districts. The limit is thirty-five miles per hour in suburban business and residential districts. All other areas are a fifty-five mile per hour zone unless the area has designated a sixty-five mile an hour zone or another limit has been set by regulation, ordinance or resolution.
Radar to Establish Speed. The generally accepted basis for measuring speeding in a Mercer County speeding case is radar. When radar is properly set up, tested for accuracy and is functioning correctly, it is to be accept as accurate evidence of speed in municipal court.
Pace. Police may also establish speed by pacing a vehicle. This involves following a motorist in the same direction to mimic the speed of their vehicle. When the police officer can establish a consistent distance between his and the target’s vehicle, the pace of the vehicle has been established.
Penalties. There are a wide range of penalties and collateral consequences that result from a conviction for speeding including:
- Fines. The basic range of fine for speeding is $50 t0 $200. Fines are doubled, however, when a motorist operates in a “safe corridor”, construction zone or speeds 10 miles per hour above the speed limit in a sixty-five mile an hour zone or 20 miles per hour or more over the speed limit in a 65 mile per hour zone.
- Motor Vehicle Points. Points are assigned to your license by the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) when you are convicted of speeding. There are two for speeding between 1 and 14 miles per hour over the limit, four points for between 15 and 29 miles over the limit and five points for speeds of 30 miles per hour or more over the limit. When a motorist accumulates four or more points on their license, they must pay surcharges for a period of three years. The amount of the surcharge increases as more points accumulate and suspension results once twelve or more points are assessed.
- Insurance Eligibility Points. Insurance carries are permitted to impose eligibility “points” for speeding. The point system is the same as those imposed by the NJDMV and eight or more points renders a motorist ineligible to purchase motor vehicle liability insurance in the voluntary market. In addition, insurers are permitted to charge increased car insurance premiums for motorist who accumulate insurance points.
- Jail. A judge has authority to impose a county jail term of up to 15 days.
- Suspension. You can be suspended for speeding at the time of sentencing in municipal court or administratively by the Division of Motor Vehicles falling a conviction. Imposition of a suspension typically results from operating an excessive speed or because the operator has accumulated too many motor vehicle points.
The lesson to be learned from all of these penalties is that you should do everything in your power to insure that you avoid a speeding conviction. Hiring an attorney who is adept in defending 39:4-98 cases and is familiar with a municipal court such as West Windsor, Ewing or Princeton is going to be your biggest asset in achieving this goal.Robbinsville NJ Speeding Summons Attorneys
Several interstate roadways traverse Mercer County including U.S. Route 1, Interstate 95, Interstate 195 and Interstate 295. Two of these highways pass through Robbinsville so it is not surprising that the town has a high number of speeding ticket and summons cases. A speeding offense in this or another municipality in Mercer County certainly has the ability to mushroom into significant expense (e.g. fines, surcharges and insurance rates) but our attorneys can help you escape these ramifications. For a free initial consultation with a lawyer at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, call us anytime at 609–683–8102. An attorney on our staff will gladly provide you with the benefit of their knowledge and guidance without obligation.