Voorhees, NJ asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey

Q: I have a New Jersey license, but got a New York speeding ticket. I know this will give 2 point from NJ motor vehicle.

Can I still fight to not get these points at all? Or will get them regardless? If so I know I can do a defensive driving course to remove, but will my insurance still increase ?

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

A: If you fight in NY and win, the there is nothing to assess here in NJ under the Compact.

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

A: You should hire a lawyer and try to get the ticket dismissed. If your successful, you will have no effect on your NJ license.

Toshinori Isoai
Toshinori Isoai
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • New City, NY
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: If you received the speeding ticket in NYC and that's the only ticket you got, then your case will be heard in the place called "Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB)" which looks like another court but it's actually an administrative "agency" run by the NY DMV, not the "real" court you may think of like NY Supreme Court in "Law and Order". If your case is pending in TVB, there is no plea bargain allowed, which means you are going to have to fight the charge and either get a not guilty at the end or get the case dismissed (due to the officer's absence on multiple occasions etc). The conviction rate in TVB is usually high (and extremely and unreasonably high in a certain borough), so you may want to fight the ticket all the way, depending on your priorities in your life.

If your case is NOT in NYC, then your case will be heard in a local court (village, town, justice courts, etc) where plea agreement is allowed and speeding offenses can be reduced to a non-moving violation to which you may plead guilty to. In that case, you will not have any point on your NJ license; however, as long as you plead to a moving violation in NY regardless of the associated points, then you will probably get 2-point assessed by NJ DMV.

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