If you recently received a ticket for careless driving in Middlesex, NJ you are not alone. One of the most common traffic tickets issued by local police, a careless driving conviction carries two point and fines up to $102. What it can also mean is the potential for a suspended license (if those two points take you over the 12 point limit) and increased insurance premiums. Yes, like most Middlesex traffic tickets the worst part of a conviction is actually the secondary punishments.
So what exactly does careless driving entail? Governed by N.J.S.A 39:4-97, careless driving requires the state of New Jersey proving the following elements:
- You were the driver of the vehicle at the time of the offense
- You were driving at the time of the offense
- Carelessly or without caution
- In a manner actually endangering or likely to endanger
- Person or property
As you can see, there are a lot of elements the state of New Jersey has to prove when it comes to careless driving; and it should come as no surprise that the majority of these tickets are issued as the result of a car accident (making those final two elements easier for the state to assume). That being said, there are many viable defenses to a Middlesex careless driving charge. For instance, arguing this charge down to obstructing traffic means the fines and penalties are lower. There are also instances in which the charge can be fought and dropped all together based on evidence, failure to prove an element of the charge or other arguments that might be available to the circumstances of your case. The best thing you can do if you have recently been charged with reckless driving is to call the Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt BEFORE you pay the ticket.
At the Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, I have successfully helped many clients fight this very charge and will work hard to get you the same great results. While paying the ticket may seem like the quickest and easiest option to move forward, it also means that you are admitting guilt and accepting the points and fines attached to the charge.
The Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt
Working with the Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt to fight your Middlesex ticket can actually save you time and money in the long run. With over two decades of experience as a New Jersey attorney, Thomas knows how to get results. At the Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, I am here to help. Your first consultation with me is always free, so pick up the phone today! I look forward to speaking with you!