While Union City, New Jersey is a lovely place to live and visit it is a hard place to get pulled over by the law. Like all of New Jersey, Union City police are always quick to pull a driver over for even the most minor infraction. While it may seem easier to just pay the traffic ticket, working with an experienced Union City traffic ticket attorney is your best bet at reducing or eliminating the charges against you. The Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt can help with all your traffic ticket needs.
A Union City surcharge represents a multi-year financial obligation that the New Jersey Surcharge Violation System attaches to a wide variety of traffic offenses. These surcharges are in addition to any fines and penalties attached to a ticket and something that should never be ignored. As you might have guessed (or learned the hard way)– the more serious the traffic offense, the higher the annual surcharge. Here’s a look at some common Union City traffic offenses and their corresponding three-year surcharges:
- Driving with an expired license: $100/year
- Driving an uninsured vehicle: $250/year
- Refusing to take BAC test: $1,000/year
- First and second DWI offense: $1,000/year
As you can see, dealing with a surcharge makes an already expensive ticket just that much more expensive. To make sure you have all the options available to pay, the state allows everything from a credit card payment over the phone to a mail in money order. So what happens when you don’t pay your Union City surcharge? Just like any legal obligation, there are serious repercussions when you ignore this requirement. In this case, you will get a notice letting you know that your license is suspended for failure to pay. So what has now started off as three annual payments has now become a full-blown license suspension.
Your best bet is to try to fight a traffic ticket and avoid a surcharge altogether. If that is not your current reality then making sure you pay your surcharges on time is essential to avoiding any more legal issues. In some instances, applying for a hardship payment plan can help you lower the cost of a payment but this is something that you need to ask for rather than wait and say you can’t afford it when it is too late.
The Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt
Dealing with your Union City surcharge often represents your final legal obligation before you are officially finished with your traffic ticket. Whatever stage of your traffic ticket you are currently in, give the Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt a call to discuss your options. In my two decades of experience, I have helped my clients with every traffic ticket issue imaginable and will work hard to get you the same positive results. I am available 24/7 so do not hesitate to give me a call today.