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4 common driving crimes in New Jersey

Most traffic tickets are for infractions, such as improperly passing, failing to yield for a pedestrian and failing to stop at a stop sign. These infractions may add up points on your driving record, but they do not have criminal consequences. 

There are plenty of driving violations that are misdemeanor and felony offenses. Here are some of the most common driving-related crimes in New Jersey. 

How a traffic stop can lead to drug charges in New Jersey

No one likes getting a traffic ticket, especially for something very minor. Fines, driving courses, driver's license points and higher insurance are all likely consequences you have to deal with. Usually, after paying the ticket, you can get back on with your life.

However, sometimes routine traffic stops for small infractions such as failing to use a turn signal can become more serious. What starts out as the police pulling you over for a simple matter can lead to drug charges in the end, as happened to this New Jersey man. His story is not unique, though. New Jersey news reports reveal there are many more like it, exposing how real a risk it is.

Casino crimes in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Visitors and casino patrons in Atlantic City are usually just looking for fun and a good time. However, sometimes such individuals find themselves arrested for alleged casino crimes. There are a range of casino crimes that can occur in Atlantic City, and sometimes a patron gets unexpectedly caught up in an arrest.

Here are a few of the most common casino crimes in Atlantic City and some additional information about how to proceed if authorities make an arrest.

Do not drive with a suspended driver’s license

It may not seem like a big deal for you to drive around on a suspended license in Pleasantville. But driving on a suspended license is a criminal activity that carries penalties of incarceration, fines and additional consequences that could result in the permanent revocation of your driving privileges. You could also face additional misdemeanor and felony charges if you break the law while driving on a suspended license. 

Sometimes, motorists do not know their driving licenses are no longer valid until they commit a traffic violation or some other traffic offense that causes law enforcement to pull them over. There are many issues that can lead to a suspension of your driver’s license, such as excessive parking and traffic tickets, a DUI, reckless driving and other legal violations. 

Bail reform in New Jersey

In the beginning of 2017, New Jersey implemented a new bail system that differs significantly from earlier bail rules. Most people are familiar with the basic rules of traditional bail: a person charged with an offense puts up a sum of money for release until trial. The amount typically depends on the severity of the offense and the likelihood the defendant will flee.

New Jersey introduced its reforms in response to common complaints about the problems with the traditional way of posting bail. One outstanding issue is those people, often charged with minor offenses, who cannot afford bail and so remain incarcerated. For many, this results in job loss and other serious consequences.

How to clear your record of drug convictions in New Jersey

When you have paid the price for your drug conviction, it should not have to follow you around for the rest of your life. A criminal record makes it hard for you to be successful in turning your life around by presenting employment and housing challenges.

There is hope, however, through New Jersey’s new expungement laws. If you qualify, then you can have a clear record quickly so you can leave the past behind and move forward.

Could you be criminally charged for driving and texting?

New Jersey has some of the strictest cell phone laws in the United States. The Office of the Attorney General cites distracted driving due to cell phone use in more than 817,000 motor vehicle crashes in a four-year period from 2010 to 2014. It is important for all drivers to know the law and understand the penalties for violating the law.

4 things that out-of-state traffic violators should know

If you got pulled over in New Jersey and it is not your home state, you might be feeling stressed, confused and uncomfortable. Whether you were driving through the Atlantic City Expressway or the Garden State Parkway, getting an out-of-state traffic violation is never fun. Here is a quick guide to dealing with the consequences of getting a New Jersey traffic violation.


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