Many people contact my office with a speeding ticket or other New Jersey traffic offense that carries motor vehicle points looking to avoid them, if possible. The solution is often the "unsafe operation" statute, but ironically, that is not the only (or necessarily best) course of action.

Believe it or not, sometimes taking the hit on the points is a better way to go.If you get a ticket that carries points, you should pull your driving abstract and consider your options. Many times a simple two point ticket will not have any significant impact.

On the other hand, if you currently have 4 or 10 points, even a 2 point ticket can have repercussions, so a plea to Unsafe Operation would most likely be the best way to go.You should also check with your insurance agent to see if the points would have any negative effect on your auto premiums.

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