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What happens to my Maryland (MD) License if I get a speeding ticket in NJ?

The penalties for speeding vary from state to state, usually based on how fast you were going at the time you were stopped. If you are ticketed for speeding in your home state, you know what to expect. Unfortunately, if you are from out of state, this can cause some nasty surprises for you when you get home.

This is because your home state will reciprocate the penalty based on its own laws, and not those of the state in which the ticket was issued. For example, in New Jersey, the penalties are as follows:

  • 1-14 mph over the limit: 2 points
  • 15-29 mph over the limit: 4 points
  • 30+ mph over the limit: 5 points

Maryland has a different point scale:

  • 1-9 mph over the limit: 1 point
  • 10-29 mph over the limit: 2 points
  • 30+ mph over the limit: 5 points
  • 20+ mph over the 65 mph speed limit: 5 points

Points are increased to 3 if there was an accident involved, 5 if an accident where you were traveling 20+mph in a 65mph zone. Here Maryland drivers have an advantage over New Jerseyans in that there is no interim 4 point ticket. You could be going 29 mph over the limit in New Jersey, and instead of getting 4 points, you get 2.

The danger, however, is on the freeways. Let’s say you are going 25mph over the limit on the New Jersey Turnpike. Since the limit is 65pmh, in New Jersey it would be 4 points, but in Maryland it would be 5.

So What Do I Do?

If you are a Maryland driver that has received a ticket in southern New Jersey you should contact me for a free consultation regarding your ticket to see what strategy works best for you. Most matters can even be resolved without you appearing, so you can save the expense of traveling to New Jersey. You owe it to yourself to look into it.

If you have more questions on New Jersey's traffic laws, then download my free book, A Guide to Driving Legally in NJ, and Surviving Traffic Court If You Don't.

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