Have you been stopped and given a Traffic Ticket in Mercer County? If so, you should contact The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to discuss the matter with one of our traffic ticket attorneys. Though some traffic tickets appear to carry relatively minimal fines/points, this is often not the whole story. Tickets may prove to be far more consequential than they seem, depending upon either your driving history or occupational requirements. Never make assumptions regarding a traffic ticket. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. You can be confident that our attorneys will do everything within their power to keep your license safe. You won’t be sorry you called.

New Jersey life can be quite wonderful – that is, until you hear the sirens and the flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Almost everyone has received a traffic violation at some point in their lives, so we are all aware of what a hassle and inconvenience they can be.

These tickets can cost you thousands of dollars in fines, a suspension of your driving privileges, mandatory community service, and in more severe cases, even jail time. Along with these penalties, you will also receive points on your license, which in turn will raise your insurance premiums, as if the penalties weren’t as staggering enough.

Why Do I Need an Attorney for a Traffic Ticket?

This is a perfectly legitimate question. After all, most of us consider most traffic offenses to be relatively minor inconveniences, and sometimes that is precisely the case. However, not all Traffic Tickets are cut from the same cloth.  Some carry significant fines and/or points. Some may cause you to violate the terms and conditions of your employment, while others still may result in an immediate suspension of your license. Tickets of this nature are actually rather complicated legal waters you must navigate, despite the common misconception to the contrary.

You may be wondering how to tell when you need an attorney. After all, how are you supposed to know the difference between a minor and more significant ticket? The easy answer is that you aren’t. That’s precisely why you should call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. and speak with one of our traffic attorneys. That said, allow the following to serve as examples of when you truly need to contact an attorney as soon as possible:

You Have a CDL. If you have a commercial driver’s license which allows you to drive a commercial motor vehicle for a living, many traffic offenses can cause you significant problems. Most employers will not employ a driver with a certain number of points even if they are in no danger of losing their license. Meanwhile, offenses such as a DWI, reckless driving, or significant Speeding offenses can lead to a loss of license which you must contest if you hope to remain employed.

Alcohol Is a Factor. Penalties for most offenses are increased when alcohol is involved. While a ticket might have originally included minimal fines or penalties, those penalties may substantially increase in magnitude if you were intoxicated. Even jail time may be in play.

You Have a Past DWI. Likewise, penalties are often increased if you have a past DWI. If serving a suspension for a DWI at the time of the ticket, you may be facing serious consequences.

Your Job Has an Employee Conduct Policy. Many employers require certain conduct for their employees, which often applies both in and out of the work environment. If you have any inkling whatsoever that this is the case with your job, you need to investigate and retain counsel. For instance, a teacher may be subject to termination if ticketed for failing to stop for a school bus. Or an uber driver may be potentially terminated for speeding.

So, if you have received a traffic ticket in Mercer County, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. Perhaps you won’t need an attorney. The worst thing that can happen is you spent a few minutes being safe and diligent. But if you do need an attorney, a phone call may be the first step towards saving your license, keeping your job, or staying out of jail. Call us today. We can help.

This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.