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How can a simple traffic ticket snowball into bigger problems?

| Jul 8, 2021 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Getting a traffic ticket is not something anyone wants, but your problems can get even worse if you decide to ignore the ticket. Pushing it out of your mind is not a good idea if you want to avoid more serious problems.

According to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, you generally have two options for how to handle a traffic ticket. You can pay the waiver fee or go to court. If you choose to not pay the fee, then you must go to court.

Failure to appear

If you decide to go to court, you must show up for your hearing date, which should be on the ticket. If you do not show up, you will then face a failure to appear charge in addition to the ticket issue. A failure to appear can easily compound your problems relating to the ticket.

Penalties

If the court issues a failure to appear charge against you, you could have your license taken away until you satisfy the court. You may also get points on your license. In general, points will not cause a lot of trouble for you, but if you already have points, it could lead to a suspension of your license or potential additional charges.

A simple traffic ticket can easily snowball into bigger issues. If you do not take care of the ticket in a timely manner, then you may end up having to do more than pay a simple fee as you would if you just paid the waiver. You will have to go to court. You may lose your license, and you will ruin your driving record with point accumulation.