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In terms of expediting payment, what governs is the postmark stamp on your letter. So long as you mail it in before the deadline, the citation would be considered paid off timely, provided they receive the check.
You can also contact the courthouse directly and speak to the clerk to see if thy are able to take payments over the phone. That is a bit 'hit-or-miss'--some courts in certain townships do it, some do not. But it is a viable option.
As for contesting, I cannot tell you on what grounds you wish to contest and what happened so I cannot really tell you your chances.
If you could provide that information I would be happy to attempt to clarify, thank you!
So a couple things-
1. I don't have the citation, so I'm not sure what information to include with the payment.
2. I would contest that I did stop at the stop sign, came out, and was hit.
The "driver" listed on the report was late to the scene and- I was later told - covering for the actual driver, who was unlicensed and an employee of his.
I don't know if this matters.
Without the citation you need to contact the courthouse where you were pulled over. There is no centralized location for your fines in New Jersey, each courthoue handles collection of fines and hears cases.
In terms of the latter, it may be important but only if you can prove it.
If you were told it but aren't sure, that is called 'hearsay' and is not admissible in court as any sort of evidence.
What would "proving it" entail? I know for sure that he wasn't the driver, I saw the driver and spoke with him.
It would involve you going to court and convincing the judge of those acts. If you have any direct evidence such as a picture or image of who actually drove, or witness testimony of anyone not directly related to the situation, it would likewise be helpful.
But otherwise it is your word against the other person, and that by itself is generally not enough to meet the burden that your facts are stronger and more likely to be true.
Interesting, thank you. Assuming I could provide a witness, what is a possible outcome? I guess I don't see clearly how the driver piece would interact with a verdict.
It could strengthen your claim that you weren't at fault, and insinuate that as the other person misled the courts and the police of who was behind the wheel, he could similarly mislead in terms of the facts of how the crash occurred.
Hope that helps!
It does, thank you so much.
Last question: if I decide to pursue this, is there any way to avoid court?
I live out of state and it would be very difficult to get down there.
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As for your last question I am afraid either you pay the citation and admit guilt or you got o court to fight it, NJ does not have the ability to contest via phone or other mediums.
I wish I had a different answer, but if you want to contest, that can only be done in court.
Please take care.
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