New Jersey is a main corridor for traffic between New York and DC, with Philadelphia in between. Thus we get a lot of visitors “just passing through” that get speeding tickets. The penalties for speeding vary from state to state, usually based on how fast you were going at the time 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 for you when you get home. This is because your home state will reciprocate the penalty based on its own laws, and not those of the state in which the ticket was issued.
Speeding tickets have graduated “point tiers” that determine penalties. 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
However, if you are from one of these states, going 14 mph over the limit could have different penalties:
Thus a two point ticket in New Jersey could be a 3 pointer in PA or a 4 pointer in Delaware or Virginia! This is not the only potential problem. If you have a Delaware or PA license, pleading to New Jersey's no-point "unsafe operation" statute would be a bad idea. is not a good idea.
No matter what, if you are an out of state driver that has received a ticket in southern New Jersey you should call my office at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site 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.
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