Our New Jersey Traffic Court Lawyer Explains How a Speeding Ticket Impacts Your Florida License

The penalties for speeding vary from state to state, usually based on how fast you were going when 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 when you get home. This is because your home state will reciprocate the penalty based on its laws and not those of the state where the ticket was issued. As a traffic ticket lawyer, I can explain the impact on your Florida license if you were caught speeding while in New Jersey.

New Jersey Penalties for Speeding

In New Jersey, the penalties for speeding 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

In Florida, however, according to the DMV website, the scale is different:

  • 1-15 mph over the limit: 3 points
  • 16+ mph over the limit: 4 points
  • Speeding that results in an accident: 6 points

Another trap for the unwary is that pleading to New Jersey's "no point ticket," called Unsafe Operation, is a bad idea for Florida drivers because it is a moving violation, and all moving violations in Florida are assessed at least 3 points (4 points if it is reciprocated as reckless driving).

So What Do I Do?

Many people, often referred to as "snowbirds," maintain Florida residences and driver's licenses but spend time in New Jersey, driving on its roads, and end up with a ticket. If you have an out-of-state Florida license but have been ticketed for speeding in South Jersey, call my office at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site to discuss your options. In virtually all cases, I can represent you without you coming back to New Jersey to appear in court. You should also consult a Florida lawyer for a solid opinion on how "Unsafe Operation" could affect your license.

If you want more information on New Jersey's traffic laws, download my free book, A Guide to Driving Legally in NJ 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.