Law Offices of Sean T. Hagan, LLC

1973 Highway 34, Suite 201
Wall, NJ 07719
Phone 732-722-2911
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New Jersey Trial Lawyer 12+ years

N.J. Alternative Dispute Resolution, Municipal & Superior Court

MUNICIPAL COURTS
MOTOR VEHICLE & CRIMINAL MATTERS


    Typical of the cases we handle in Municipal Court are the following:
  • DUI and other alcohol-related motor-vehicle offenses
  • Traffic violations such as driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, careless driving, speeding and other moving violations
  • Disorderly conduct or disorderly persons charges
  • Simple assault cases
  • Property crimes such as shoplifting, theft, or vandalism
  • Minor drug offenses involving simple possession of controlled substances


In New Jersey's Municipal Courts, there is no jury, and experience with the various venues can represent a significant advantage to a criminal defendant. A “simple ticket” could cost you significant monies from fines, surcharges and insurance rate increases and a loss of license or prison time. With 10 years of trial experience, Sean T. Hagan can evaluate the case against you and identify the most productive options for a favorable resolution of the charges. Whether the main focus of your defense should be on the evidence supporting the prosecution's case, the circumstances of your stop and arrest, the possibility of a favorable result through negotiation, or the prospect of a suspended jail term and sentence of probation, Sean T. Hagan’s experience can help get the most out of the facts and law that support your defense.

To learn more about our ability to represent your interests effectively in defense of Municipal Court charges in New Jersey, contact the Law Offices of Sean T. Hagan LLC for a free consultation about your case.

Our firm offers clients a flexible schedule and payment plan. Evening appointments are available for your convenience. We provide reasonable fees and a work ethic that is unmatched. Contact us today for a vigorous defense.

Points and Surcharges for NJ Traffic Laws (subject to change)

Reproduced below is a list of points assessed by the Division of Motor Vehicles for motor vehicle offenses in New Jersey. Also, reproduced, is a schedule of surcharges which applies to offenses in New Jersey. Although we try to keep the list current, a current list can be found at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission's web site at: http://www.nj.gov/mvc/



NJSA POINT SCALE

New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway

NJSA Section

Offense

Points

27:23-29

Moving against traffic

2

27:23-29

Improper passing

4

27:23-29

Unlawful use of median strip

2

All roads and highways

NJSA Section

Offense

Points

39:3-20

Operating constructor vehicle in excess of 45 mph

3

39:4-14.3

Operating motorized bicycle on a restricted highway

2

39:4-14.3d

More than one person on a motorized bicycle

2

39:4-35

Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk

2

39:4-36

Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk;
passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk

2

39:4- 41

Driving through safety zone

2

39:4-52

Racing on highway

5

39:4-55

Improper action or omission on grades and curves

2

39:4-57

Failure to observe direction of officer

2

39:4-66

Failure to stop vehicle before crossing sidewalk

2

39:4-66.1

Failure to yield to pedestrians or vehicles while
entering or leaving highway

2

39:4-66.2

Driving on public or private property to avoid a traffic sign or signal

2

39:4-71

Operating a motor vehicle on a sidewalk

2

39:4-80

Failure to obey direction of officer

2

39:4-81

Failure to observe traffic signals

2

39:4-82

Failure to keep right

2

39:4-82.1

Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider

2

39:4-83

Failure to keep right at intersection

2

39:4-84

Failure to pass to right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction

5

39:4-85

Improper passing on right or off roadway

4

39:4-85.1

Wrong way on a one-way street

2

39:4-86

Improper passing in no passing zone

4

39:4-87

Failure to yield to overtaking vehicle

2

39:4-88

Failure to observe traffic lanes

2

39:4-89

Tailgating

5

39:4-90

Failure to yield at intersection

2

39:4-90.1

Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highways

2

39:4-91-92

Failure to yield to emergency vehicles

2

39:4-96

Reckless driving

5

39:4-97

Careless driving

2

39:4-97a

Destruction of agricultural or recreational property

2

39:4-97.1

Slow speed blocking traffic

2

39:4-97.2

Driving in an unsafe manner (points only assessed for the
third or subsequent violation(s) within a five-year period.)

4

39:4-98

Exceeding maximum speed 1-14 mph over limit

2

39:4-99

Exceeding maximum speed 15-29 mph over limit
Exceeding maximum speed 30 mph or more over limit

4
5

39:4-105

Failure to stop for traffic light

2

39:4-115

Improper turn at traffic light

3

39:4-119

Failure to stop at flashing red signal

2

39:4-122

Failure to stop for police whistle

2

39:4-123

Improper right or left turn

3

39:4-124

Improper turn from approved turning course

3

39:4-125

Improper U-turn

3

39:4-126

Failure to give proper signal

2

39:4-127

Improper backing or turning in street

2

39:4-127.1

Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing

2

39:4-127.2

Improper crossing of bridge

2

39:4-128

Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles

2

39:4-128.1

Improper passing of school bus

5

39:4-128.4

Improper passing of frozen dessert truck

4

39:4-129

Leaving the scene of an accident - No personal injury
Personal injury

2
8

39:4-144

Failure to observe stop or yield signs

2

39:5C-1

Racing on highway

5

39:5D-4

Moving violation out of state


Surcharges

If you are assigned points on your Driver License, you will have to pay point surcharges (see below) in addition to any court-imposed fines and penalties.

  • Surcharges remain operational as long as a motorist has six or more points on record resulting from violations posted in the preceding three years.
  • The point total is based on the date the violations are posted to your record, not the date when the violations occurred.
  • If the surcharge is not paid, MVC will suspend all driving privileges indefinitely and take judgment action filed in the state Superior Court, which may include securing a lien against any real property that you own, a garnishment of your wages, or other similar actions.

Point surcharges:

  • $150 for six points, and (effective July 1, 2004)
  • $25 for each additional point

Additional surcharges:

  • $100 for driving while unlicensed
  • $250 for driving while suspended
  • $100 for failing to insure a MOPED
  • $250 for operating an uninsured vehicle
  • $250 for pleading guilty to unsafe driving (court-imposed surcharge)
  • $1000 a year for three years for driving while intoxicated or refusing to take the breathalizer (first and second offenses).
  • $1500 a year for three years for driving while intoxicated or refusing to take the breathalizer (third offense).
 
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