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Traffic Violation Statute of Limitations in New Jersey

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Being convicted of a traffic offense could result in a fine, and points on your driver’s license and insurance. If you accumulate a certain number of points on your record, you could face the loss of your driving privileges. However, law enforcement has a set period, known as the statute of limitations, to issue a citation for an alleged offense. If that deadline passes and you are pursued for a violation, you might be able to have the case dismissed.

If you received a citation in the mail, contact a skilled lawyer to review the document and determine whether or not the statute of limitations has passed. I am Attorney Christopher G. Porreca, and I have 20 years of legal experience. When you retain my services, I will examine the traffic ticket you received and will fight to ensure your rights are protected.

To speak with me during a free consultation call my firm at (973) 828-0009.

Specific Time Limits for Certain Offenses

For the most part, a traffic violation summons must be issued within 30 days of the infraction. However, specific offenses have later deadlines.

Under N.J.S.A. 39:5-3, complaints could be made to judges as follows:

  • Within 90 days for the following violations:
    • Driving while intoxicated
    • Driving while license suspended
    • Driving a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance
    • Refusing to take a breath sample
    • Failing to stop for a school bus
  • Within 1 year after the commission of the offense for:
    • Illegally securing a license plate
    • Applying for a driver’s license during a suspension
    • Falsifying information on a motor vehicle or driver’s license application, or on examination material
    • Leaving the scene of an accident

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Many traffic citations can be successfully fought in court. Whether you received a ticket at the time of the alleged offense or in the mail, I will provide the defense you need to work toward getting the matter resolved.

Call my firm at (973) 828-0009 to discuss your situation. You can also fill out an online contact form to schedule a consultation.


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