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Traffic Violations


The severity of each traffic offense is shown by the number of points that will be added to the driver's license if he is convicted of the crime. A driver who accrues 12 points on his license within a three-year time span will have his license suspended. After adding only six points to his license in a three-year span, he will have to pay a surcharge.

In my criminal defense practice, I represent people fighting traffic tickets for offenses of all point levels. Some of the high-point offenses for which I offer skilled defense include:

  • Leaving the scene of an accident — A hit-and-run driver can be charged with this crime. If the accident caused personal injury or death, it is an eight-point offense. A driver found guilty may also pay thousands of dollars in fines and spend time in jail. Fleeing the scene of an accident that did not cause injury is only a two-point offense.
  • Reckless driving — Reckless driving involves the willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others. One charge of reckless driving counts for five points, and a conviction for a first offense is punishable by 60 days in jail and a fine.
  • Improper passing of a school bus — Ignoring the Stop sign attached to a stopped school bus creates potentially dangerous circumstances for children and other people who may enter the roadway. This offense counts for five points.
  • Racing — Racing on the highway poses a serious risk for any driver or pedestrian along the chosen “racecourse.” A conviction will add five points to the driver's license.
  • Tailgating — Tailgating, or following too closely, is also a five-point offense.
  • Speeding — Speed limits exist to keep people safe on the road. Exceeding the speed limit by 30 miles per hour or more is a five-point offense. Two to four points can be imposed for going less than 30 miles per hour above the speed limit.

A single traffic violation conviction can cause your auto insurance rate to increase dramatically. Two or more convictions can force you off the road under the terms of a license suspension. I will aim to help you avoid any convictions that could jeopardize your rights.


In my practice, I've found that an overzealous police officer may see a traffic violation where one doesn't actually exist, and I know that some drivers who committed an offense may have a legally defensible reason for doing so. Whenever possible and in my client's best interest, I will negotiate with the prosecutor and try to have a high-point charge reduced to a low-point charge. If this is not an option, I will fight the charges at trial, using evidence relevant to the case to seek a favorable outcome for my client. Dashcam footage, witness statements and the police report may provide evidence to exonerate a driver.

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From the Law Office of Ellman & Associates in Medford, New Jersey, I defend New Jersey drivers charged with serious traffic violations. To schedule a free initial consultation with my office, call (609) 721-7324 or contact me online.

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