New Jersey Driving Points System
In New Jersey, driving is a privilege, not a right. Your privilege to drive is subject to continued adherence of the State’s traffic laws. Violating the traffic laws, whether it is one motor vehicle conviction or repeat offenses, will have consequences. The consequences range from fines, to points assessed to your driving record, and to possible suspensions or revocations of your driving privileges.
New Jersey implements a driving points point system for traffic violations to track driver records and prevent abuse from drivers’ with habitual offenses. Points can be given in increments ranging from 2 to 8, depending on the severity of the violation. It is important to know that points are only assessed for traffic violations, not parking violations.
How Does the New Jersey Driving Points System Affect My Driving Privileges and Insurance?
The New Jersey driving points system can seriously affect your driving privileges and your insurance rates. If you received a total of 6 points within a 3 year window, you will be assessed a surcharge of $150, which is a charge in addition to the other fines stemming from the individual offenses. See N.J.S.A. 13:19-10.4. If you receive 12 points, in a period of two or less years, your license will be suspended. See N.J.S.A. 13:19-10.2. Following the 12th point, additional points will increase the period of suspension.
Ancillary costs of a suspended license will result in higher insurance rates and premiums. This occurs because insurance providers can and will access your driving record, which includes the New Jersey point system history.
Do I Need A Lawyer for My Driving Points?
Before you plead guilty to any motor vehicle violation or traffic ticket in the State of New Jersey that will incur fees, fines, potential points on your record, or a possible suspension of your driving privileges, you should consider speaking with an experienced attorney about your matter. An experienced attorney may likely be able to assist the client and mitigate a violation to avoid an unwanted and costly outcome.