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what can i do about traffic tickets? i got 4 in one night. they were for wreckless driving, failure to stop, failure to comply with an officer's request, and failure to turn signal.
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Thanks for your question.You will need a lawyer here.This can totally affect your ability to keep license and insurance.It is my hope that a lawyer here can reduce them to say two or three here and seek defensive driving on some of these.Overall a lawyer can whittle these down.But you need professional help here to see what can be be dismissed or reduced.It will all work out.

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what kind of trouble would i be in with a wreckless driving ticket?
First of all, if "Court Appearance Required" is checked on the back of
your ticket, you MUST appear in court at the time and place indicated,
even if you wish to plead guilty.

The following traffic offenses can often lead to large fines,
revocation of driving privileges, and jail:

N.J. Statutes 39:3-40 Driving with a suspended or revoked
license
N.J. Statutes 39:4-50 Drunk driving
N.J. Statutes 39:4-50.2 or -50.4a Breath test refusal
N.J Statutes 39:4-96 Reckless driving
N.J. Statutes 39:4-129 Leaving the scene of an accident
N.J. Statutes 39:6B-2 Driving an uninsured vehicle

Source: New Jersey DWI Defense Lawyer
( http://www.dui-dwi.com/new-jersey-dui-attorney-menzel/how-to-defend-simple-tickets.html
)

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39:4-96. Reckless driving; punishment

39:4-96. A person who drives a vehicle heedlessly, in willful or
wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as
to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be
guilty of reckless driving and be punished by imprisonment in the
county or municipal jail for a period of not more than 60 days, or by
a fine of not less than $50.00 or more than $200.00, or both.

On a second or subsequent conviction he shall be punished by
imprisonment for not more than three months, or by a fine of not less
than $100 or more than $500, or both.

Amended 1955,c.220,s.1; 1982,c.45,s.3; 1995,c.70,s.2.

( http://www.njlaws.com/careless_reckless_driving.htm )

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1. a. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, it
shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate a motor vehicle
in an unsafe manner likely to endanger a person or property.

b. person convicted of a first offense under subsection a. shall be
subject to a fine of not less than $50.00 or more than $150.00 and
shall not be assessed any motor vehicle penalty points pursuant to
section 1 of P.L.1982, c.43 (C.39:5-30.5).

c. A person convicted of a second offense under subsection a. shall be
subject to a fine of not less than $100.00 or more than $250.00 and
shall not be assessed any motor vehicle penalty points pursuant to
section 1 of P.L.1982, c.43 (C.39:5-30.5).

d. A person convicted of a third or subsequent offense under
subsection a. shall be subject to a fine of not less than $200.00 or
more than $500.00 and shall be assessed motor vehicle penalty points
pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1982, c.43 (C.39:5-30.5).

e. An offense committed under this section that occurs more than five
years after the prior offense shall not be considered a subsequent
offense for the purpose of assessing motor vehicle penalty points
under subsection d. of this section.

f. In addition to any fine, fee or other charge imposed pursuant to
law, the court shall assess a person convicted of an offense under
subsection a. of this section a surcharge of $250 which shall be
collected by the court and distributed to the Division of Revenue in
the Department of the Treasury as a New Jersey Merit Rating Plan
surcharge pursuant to subparagraph (a) of paragraph (2) of subsection
b. of section 6 of P.L.1983, c.65 (C.17:29A-35).

2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2004.

Source: Administrative office of the Courts ? State of New Jersey
( http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/legis/2004c69.pdf )

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According to New Jersey Administrative Code 13:19-10.1 Point assessment:

?Any person who is convicted of any of the following offenses,
including offenses committed while operating a motorized bicycle,
shall be assessed points for each conviction in accordance with the
following schedule??

A ticket issued under N.J Statutes 39:4-96 for reckless driving will
receive 5 points on your driving record.

( http://www.marainlaw.com/points.html )

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Taking into consideration what you stated in your question and what NJ
state law says, if it is your first offence, I would imagine your
fines to be as follows (calculating it on the high end):

If found guilty, a fine of $150.00 to $200.00 (or jail time, depending
on the severity of the charge.)

A court surcharge of $250.00

5 points on your record

In addition to the points and a fine you may well be facing an
overnight hike in your insurance rates for a number of years if you
get over a certain number of points. You could even lose your
license. If you lost your license, there is the possibility of losing
your job because of lack of transportation, etc. If you are sent to
jail, you could also loose your job. You need to take all these
things into consideration.

In my opinion, a reckless driving charge is not something you should
represent yourself on. With a lawyer helping you, you may get a
better deal because prosecutors can offer a plea deal. The more
serious the situation, the more you need an attorney to seek the best
result possible.Especially since you have other tickets as well.




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