When you receive a traffic ticket, you may not be in the best mood to do anything about it at the time.
However, it is always wise to deal with things as they come—before too much time passes by and nothing can be done whatsoever. Ignoring a traffic ticket in New Jersey will lead to severe penalties that can have an impact on the rest of your life.
The following are several common inactions associated with traffic tickets:
- Miss deadlines and ignore procedures –If you miss the appointed deadline to pay your fines, they will increase, potentially even doubled.
- Miss your court date – If you have a court date and fail to show up, you will most likely be issued a letter with a new court date. However, you may also be issued a warrant for your arrest. So if you are pulled over while a warrant hangs over your head, you may spend some time in jail. On the other hand, you may automatically be found guilty and have a date scheduled for your driver’s license suspension.
- Ignore your surcharges – Assessed by the New Jersey Surcharge Violation System (NJSVS), surcharges are fines given to drivers who have been convicted of specific offenses, where driving while their license was suspended, or have excessive points for traffic violations. If you ignore this penalty, your license will most likely be suspended until you pay off all of your fines and surcharges, as well as pass a court-ordered driving class. Along with ignoring all the costs and surcharges, you will also likely face higher insurance rates.