Our New Jersey Traffic Court Lawyer Explains Speeding Penalties for Maryland Drivers

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, such as Maryland, this can surprise you when you get home. As a New Jersey traffic court lawyer, I can explain what consequences to expect on your Maryland license if you were caught speeding while visiting the Garden State.

New Jersey Penalties for Speeding

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. 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 three if there was an accident involved, and five if an accident where you were traveling 20+mph in a 65mph zone. Maryland drivers have an advantage over New Jersey because there is no interim four-point ticket. You could be going 29 mph over the limit in New Jersey, and instead of getting four points, you get two.

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

So What Do I Do?

If you are a Maryland driver who has received a ticket in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem, or Cumberland County, 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 about New Jersey's traffic, 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.