While some New Jersey drivers may feel restricted by traffic laws, the purpose of these rules is to make the roads safer for everyone. Failing to comply with these laws, whether intentionally or by mistake, may place drivers, passengers, pedestrians and others in danger. Therefore, most traffic violations come with penalties, such as fines. One often overlooked penalty is the number of points that may be recorded against one’s driving record.

Most states have a system that designates a certain number of points for different moving violations. Certain infractions, such as failing to yield or driving through a stop sign, may result in two points on a driver’s record. When the court finds a driver guilty of speeding considerably faster than the posted limit or causing an accident in which someone suffers injuries, that driver may receive even more points.

As the points add up, drivers have a greater risk of facing license suspension. After a driver accumulates 12 points, New Jersey authorities will suspend the driver’s license. This can create a complicated situation for someone who has obligations such as work, school and family routines. Not having a license can be a great hardship, and this is only one of several negative consequences a driver may face for having too many points.

When facing a traffic violation, it is seldom a good idea to accept the penalties without seeking legal counsel. This is especially true if a driver already has points on his or her record. A knowledgeable attorney can offer sound advice and representation for anyone facing charges in a New Jersey municipal court.