Consequences of Not Paying a New Jersey Traffic Ticket Fine & Penalty

  • Dan T. Matrafajlo
  • Wed Sep 2023
  • Auto Accident,
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Traffic Violation

Just because you got a traffic ticket does not mean that you actually have to pay it. But you should understand that you need to fight the ticket and win if you want to avoid paying the fine. So, if you are the type of person to stuff a traffic ticket into the glove box and forget about it, you could face serious consequences.

Consequences of Failing to Timely Respond to a New Jersey Traffic Ticket

Failure to respond to a New Jersey traffic ticket carries serious consequences. Below are some of the most serious consequences:

  • Bench Warrant for your Arrest: If you fail to respond or pay a NJ traffic ticket, you will receive a “Failure to Appear” notice. This notice will provide you with a time frame to comply with the instructions contained within the notice. If you still do not comply, the court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. You might be out shopping, at work, or eating with your friends when it happens. Law enforcement agencies can also simply knock on your door with a bench warrant for your arrest because you failed to respond to something as simple as a New Jersey traffic violation. It is important to know that even if you are not immediately arrested, the warrant will remain open and active until the court recalls, withdraws, or discharges it.
  • Suspension: Failure to respond to a traffic ticket can also result in the suspension of your driver’s license. New Jersey courts will inform the Department of Motor Vehicles to have them suspend your driving privileges. A suspension will go into immediate effect and could even prevent you from renewing an out of state driver’s license.

Take Immediate Action If You Honestly Can’t Attend Your Court Date

If you cannot attend your court date as noted on your ticket for valid reasons, you should immediately let the court know. You should take every step necessary to see if the court will allow you to change your court date. However, if you are unsuccessful in changing the date and the court compels you to appear, you must do so. If you fail to attend the court date, you will be slapped for a failure to appear charge.

The most important step you should take immediately after getting a ticket is to contact an experienced New Jersey traffic ticket attorney to fight the charges and avoid a conviction.

Call a New Jersey Driver’s Traffic Ticket Attorney Today

If you or someone you know has gotten a ticket and wants to avoid a conviction, an experienced attorney can help. Fighting traffic violation tickets are especially important if you are a CDL license holder.

Call Beninato & Matrafajlo Attorneys at Law, LLC at 908-248-4404 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our legal team today to see how we can help you fight your ticket.

Dan T. Matrafajlo

Dan T. Matrafajlo

NJ State Bar #: 031722003

Dan T. Matrafajlo, Esq., is the managing member and lead partner at Beninato and Matrafajlo, Attorneys at Law, LLC. Renowned for groundbreaking contributions to personal injury law, he has set legal precedents with influential Appellate decisions and garnered recognition in the New Jersey Law Journal. A consistent honoree on Super Lawyers' Rising Star list for the past five years, Matrafajlo's litigation prowess is widely acknowledged. He has won various awards like Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Association 2019, and Nominated into Super Lawyers as a Rising Star from 2012 until the Present.

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