People make plans for payment of fines and penalties in New Jersey traffic court all the time, but then circumstances change (job loss, other pressing expenses arise) that make that plan no longer possible.
As a result, they are held in default by the courts and summoned to appear. Blowing off this default can have serious consequences, but appearing to face the music is the best policy.
What Can Be Done?
The reason for this is simple: the court has some options available to it under the law to help you. It can:
- reduce the penalty, suspend the penalty, or modify the installment plan;
- revoke any unpaid portion of the penalty, if the court finds that the circumstances that warranted the imposition have changed or that it would be unjust to require payment;
- order the person to perform community service in lieu of payment of the penalty; or
- impose any other alternative permitted by law in lieu of payment of the penalty.
Unfortunately, many people, when faced with this situation, end up hiding from it and don't work to resolve the problem! This can result in either a summons to come to court to explain yourself to an angry judge, or worse, a bench warrant for your arrest!
Don't wait until they come for you. Contact the court and try to work something out. Chances are they will work with you to resolve the problem without a hassle.
Need More Info?
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.