Careless driving in New Jersey can be a serious offense, especially if it involves an accident with property damage, or worse, personal injury. The penalties are not as severe as reckless driving, but should still not be taken lightly.
If you have been charged with this offense, you face a fine of $50 to $200, up to 15 days in jail, $33 court costs, and 2 points. If there was an accident, a conviction of careless driving can also cause problems for you in civil court, as it would constitute evidence of negligence in a personal injury suit.
The State Still Has to Prove Its Case
However, the state must still prove its case against you. In order to do so, they must show that you drove "carelessly, or without due caution and circumspection, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property."
This is not always easy to prove, and is often charged in conjunction with other offenses, such as DWI, speeding, unsafe lane change, or the like.
If you have received a ticket for this offense here in New Jersey, you need to act to protect your rights. Get a lawyer. You do not want to risk points on your driving record.
So What Do I Do?
If you have received a careless driving ticket in southern New Jersey, please feel free to call me at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site to schedule an appointment for a free consultation in my Woodbury office. If you are out of state or out of the area, this can be done by phone
If you are looking for more information 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.