Texting and driving is common behavior. It is easy to assume that quickly checking a text or changing the song won’t be a big deal. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Texting and driving is incredibly dangerous and can result in deadly accidents. As a result, New Jersey takes texting and driving very seriously. Read on to learn more about the consequences of texting while driving in New Jersey.
What are the consequences of texting and driving?
Cell phone offenses are tiered. This means that your penalties will be dependent upon your prior criminal history:
- A first offense cell phone violation: A fine between $200-$400
- A second offense within 10 years: A fine between $400-$600
- A third or subsequent offense within ten years: A fine between $600-$800. You will also receive 3 points on your driver’s license, and you may lose your license for up to 90 days.
Texting and driving defenses:
There are very few circumstances under which texting and driving is acceptable. However, there are a few exceptions. For example, if you were on the phone because you believed that your life or safety was in jeopardy due to a potentially criminal act, you should not receive a cell phone violation. Additionally, if you were driving and noticed a road hazard, a traffic crash, a fire, a medical emergency, or a reckless driver on the road, and you were using your phone to report the incident, you should not receive a cell phone violation. Providing proof of these situations can be difficult, so it is important to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can gather evidence to show that you were not breaking the law.
If you are facing charges for texting and driving, it is important to reach out to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. These charges are serious, and the sooner you reach out, the sooner we can begin building your case. Contact us today to work with a skilled, dedicated, and experienced attorney. We will advocate for you every step of the way.
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Thomas DeMarco & Associates, LLC is an experienced Camden County criminal defense law firm located in Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey. We understand how potentially damaging a criminal can be, which is why we pride ourselves on our willingness to fight for our client’s rights. Our firm handles all criminal matters and is ready to provide you with our knowledgeable legal counsel. Do not hesitate to contact our firm to discuss your legal situation.