Law Offices of Christopher T. Campbell
The Law Offices of Christopher T. Campbell

Traffic Defense

Speeding - N.J.S.A 39:4-98

  • 1-14 mph over limit - 2 points

  • 15-29 mph over limit - 4 points

  • 30 mph or more over limit - 5 points. 

    • In general, if you are charged with going 30 miles an hour over a speed limit, there is a chance that the judge will suspend your license, or in extreme cases, sentence you to jail time.  This depends on the judge and the circumstances, but it is a real concern.

  • A fine of $50-200.  This fine can be doubled if it is in a "safe corridor", 65 mph speed zone, or construction zone.

  • Up to 15 days in jail

Speeding is a strict liability offense, so not knowing that you were speeding is no defense.

However, if the speed is not posted on the road, or has not been cleared through the proper government channels, it can help.


Careless Driving - N.J.S.A. 39:4-97

  • 2 points

  • A fine of $50-200.  This fine can be doubled if it is in a "safe corridor", 65 mph speed zone, or construction zone

  • Up to 15 days in jail


Reckless Driving - N.J.S.A. 39:4-96

  • 5 points

  • A fine of $50-200 for a first offense, and $100-500 for an additional offense.  These fines can be doubled if it is in a "safe corridor", 65 mph speed zone, or construction zone.

  • Up to 60 days in jail for a first offense, and up to 90 days in jail for an additional offense.


Unsafe Lane Change/Failure to Maintain Lane - N.J.S.A. 39:4-88

  • 2 points

  • A fine of $50-200.  This fine can be doubled if it is in a "safe corridor", 65 mph speed zone, or construction zone

  • Up to 15 days in jail


Driving Without Insurance - N.J.S.A. 39:6B-2

  • First offense:

    • A fine of $300-100

    • Loss of license for one year

    • Up to 30 days of community service

  • Second and subsequent offenses:

    • A fine of up to $5000

    • Loss of driving privileges for two years

    • 30 days of community service

    • 14 days in jail

Note that this can only be issued for a vehicle that is registered  or "primarily garaged" in NJ.


Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Failure to Report an Accident

These are commonly charged together because you will get in accident, then leave then scene and fail to report it to the police.  But the penalties are very different.

Failure to Report:

  • A fine of $30-100

Leaving the Scene:

  • Accidents involving injury or death

    • First offense

      • A fine of $2500-5000

      • One year loss of driver's license

    • Second or subsequent offense

      • Lifetime loss of driver's license

  • Accidents involving property damage

    • First offense

      • A fine of $200-400

      • Up to 30 days in jail

      • Loss of driver's license for up to 6 months

    • Second or subsequent offense

      • A fine of $400-600

      • Up to 60 days in jail

      • Loss of driver's license for up to one year


Tailgating/Following Too Closely - N.J.S.A. 39:4-89

  • Five points

  • A fine of $50-200 (doubled if in a construction zone or 65 mph speed zone)

  • Up to 15 days in jail