Our New Jersey Traffic Court Lawyer Explains Your Options if You Can't Afford an Attorney 

If you are charged with a serious traffic violation, such as drunk driving or driving while suspended (or any other violation involving possible license suspension, jail time, or substantial fine), you may need the assistance of a New Jersey traffic court lawyer, but cannot afford one. If this is the case, New Jersey municipal courts can provide the services of a public defender upon application by the defendant. Once the application is submitted and reviewed by the judge, an attorney will be assigned to the case if you qualify.

Using the Services of a Public Defender

While some people may think that a public defender is not a "real attorney," that is untrue. Public defenders are very experienced in traffic court matters because they do much of it. They often have a good feel for the judge and the prosecutor of the court you are in and can navigate you through the process. If you cannot afford an attorney but need one to protect your rights, you should not hesitate to apply for a public defender.

If you are facing a serious traffic offense, it could lead to significant fines, points on a driver's license, or even jail time, such as DUI or reckless driving. Having an experienced lawyer on your side can help you fight these charges or lessen the penalties. To learn more, download my free book: "A Guide to Driving Legally in New Jersey and Surviving Traffic Court If You Don't."

Steven J. Richardson
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Bankruptcy, Collections, Student Loan, DUI and Traffic Court attorney in Woodbury, NJ.