Lakewood, NJ asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey

Q: Fine on my speeding ticket was $95. After pleading guilty in court my fine became $156 plus court cost $33. total $189

I don't understand why my fine went up. I spoke with the prosecutor before court, he offered me no points for a $400 fine. I declined and plead guilty. I also had a failure to prove insurance ticket which was dropped when I showed proof. Why would my fine go from $95 to $156? This was East Brunswick Thank you

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H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: The simple reason is because when you go before the judge, the judge sets the fine, they can raise it lower it or eliminate it. When you pay the ticket your given a straight fine.

Stuart Nachbar agrees with this answer

Mark Cheser
Mark Cheser
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Union, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: The fine in the back of the ticket is if you send in the money without going to court. At court that menu of fines no longer apply. If you were going to plead to the charge and eat the points there was no reason to go in. Most people go in to contest the charge and get a downgrade plea offer.

Stuart Nachbar
Stuart Nachbar
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Livingston, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Probably charged you court cost on dropped tickets

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