Caldwell, NJ asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey

Q: My $85 ticket was paid late, but within 1 month. Payment was rejected and a $240 fine given. Is that timing legitimate?

Shouldn't there be at least a month to pay a fine without penalties? I didn't plan to contest the ticket. I just put it on my monthly finances pile to be paid at my next personal finances session.

The ticket was for 'not stopping for pedestrians in the crosswalk'. The night was dark and did not even notice them. A police officer did. There was a blinking yellow light that had no words of explanation, which the officer said I should have understood as a signal to stop for pedestrians. I had no idea, but I told him with all the colorful business lights in the downtown district of Montclair (red, green, white, etc.) I was not clued in. If he had been in the car with me when I turned on to the main street, he would have witnessed me stop for crossing pedestrians.

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

A: I believe it is a 3 point ticket so paying it may not be wise anyway. The ticket has a court date on it. If you are just going to pay you need to do it before that date. Otherwise you need to go to court. Missing court is contempt. I may be wrong but the $250 is for the contempt. Call the court to check it out.

Marcel Wurms agrees with this answer

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