Q: In NJ can I plead down on 39:4-97 and 39:4-144 if I have a bad driving record?
A: You can always ask the Prosecutor, and the worst he can do is say no. Every Prosecutor is different and it depends on your demeanor and attitude and also if you gave the Police Officer that gave you the most recent ticket a "hard time." I strongly urge you to seek out competent counsel in the area where you received the ticket. Sometimes getting a "local" attorney can work in your favor as well.
A: Yes you can plead these tickets down if you can convince the prosecutor that a good reason exists to do so. However, having a bad record will definitely hurt your chances of getting that downgrade that you want. Your best chances of getting a good downgrade for your charges is to hire a good lawyer. It may cost a lot of money to hire a good lawyer, but generally it will save you much more when you have less points and fines to pay. Remember your insurance can charge you for 3 years, your attorney will only charge you one time. Most of us traffic ticket lawyers offer a free in office consultation, I would suggest that you set one up.
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