The attorneys at theWolf Law recently appeared in municipal court in Bass River, New Jersey on behalf of a client. He was charged with Speeding under N.J.S.A. 39:4-98 and Reckless Driving under N.J.S.A. 39:4-96. He was paced by New Jersey State Police going 95 mph in a 45 mph construction zone on the Garden State Parkway.
This was a difficult case because the client was traveling at an extremely high rate of speeding in a construction zone. Most Judges require a license suspension if the individual was traveling at a speed of 90 mph or faster. Moreover, penalties for reckless driving can include up to 60 days in prison. Further, the client was looking at five points for the speeding ticket (because he was going 30+ m.p.h. over the legal limit) and five points for the reckless driving ticket. These ten points on his license would have significant financial implications in terms of fines and insurance surcharges and his license could also be suspended once twelve points or more are accumulated.
The attorneys at theWolf Law went to court looking for a plea and a positive resolution for the client and were able to work out a favorable deal. The speeding ticket was downgraded to a two point speeding ticket, which the client pleaded guilty to, and the reckless driving ticket was dismissed. During sentencing, we informed the Judge that the client’s livelihood depended on his license, as he had to travel from city to city for work. We also noted that he had a relatively good driving record. Thus, we ask that the Judge not impose a license suspension. The Judge agreed and, in lieu of imposing a suspension, mandated that the client complete a defensive driving course offered by the DMV. This was a great success to the client, who was able to keep his license and only accumulated two points as a result of the incident.