Here in New Jersey, leaving the scene of an accident is one of the most significant traffic violations we have. In recent years, the legislature in New Jersey has made leaving the scene of an accident that involves certain extenuating or aggravating circumstances a criminal charge as opposed to other traffic violations. In a general sense in New Jersey, leaving the scene of an accident is a case that involves a large number of potential points on your driver’s license; eight. Having a large number of points has severe consequences with your insurance as well as your ability to drive in the State of New Jersey, depending upon other incidents you may have had with your driving record. It’s important to consult with an experienced New Jersey attorney when discussing your leaving the scene of an accident ticket because not all cases are, in fact, truly leaving the scene of an accident.
Here in New Jersey, we have other lesser offenses that an experienced attorney can negotiate your case to result in an offense such as failure to report an accident, which results in no motor vehicle points and certainly no criminal or penal consequences. In any event, leaving the scene of an accident as issued by a police officer is one the most significant traffic violations in New Jersey. Consultation with an experienced attorney is a must prior to going to court for your leaving the scene of an accident ticket.
Keith Hirschorn, P.C., is an experienced criminal defense attorney working throughout the state of New Jersey. If you have any questions regarding your case, call the law office to set up a free initial consultation.