By Andrew Kravitz NJ’s traffic ticket law changed the way the state’s lawyers and judges treat traffic tickets.
The New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has decided to allow traffic ticket attorneys to work from home instead of in their offices, allowing them to work while in courtrooms and on the road.
A recent study by the National Association of Traffic Lawyer Executives found that about 5,000 traffic ticket lawyers have opened their doors to practice, but there is no data on how many of them practice outside the office.
“A lot of us who have been in traffic court, we’ve been there a couple of weeks or more and we’ve noticed a lot of change in our business.
We’re going to start to work at home because of that,” said Gary McQueary, a traffic ticket advocate who works in the New Jersey attorney general’s office.
A driver in a traffic case who was charged with a violation will be asked to present proof of a driver’s license and registration, or the date the offense occurred, and to explain that the offense was committed on the day of the alleged violation.
The driver must also provide a copy of the ticket to the judge.
The DMV has not released any figures on how much time it takes for the lawyer to complete the work, but McQuears said the number of attorneys working from home has grown from just 30 percent in 2016 to 70 percent in 2017.
The state’s traffic tickets law is one of many laws that have been enacted to increase access to justice and make sure that everyone in the state is treated fairly, said Michael DeGraffenreid, a lawyer with the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit law firm that advocates for lower court judges.
The New Jersey law was crafted by lawmakers in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in 2010 that struck down the state criminal code’s prohibition on trial by jury in traffic cases.
The law has helped to reduce the number, types, and seriousness of traffic ticket convictions.
The state has also reduced the amount of time that it takes to process traffic tickets, and some judges have started to use the law as an option when they issue a traffic citation, according to the state attorney general.
The new law has also helped to open up access to lawyers in the courtroom, where it can be challenging to get an attorney on the case.
But it also means that there are more opportunities for traffic ticket advocates to be in court, even though they work from a distance.
The driver in the traffic ticket case is asked to show the ticket was issued because he or she was driving at a high rate of speed or driving recklessly, a violation that carries a fine of $300 or up to three years in jail.
The person also must explain why they didn’t stop for the officer.
The person may also give the judge proof of insurance, which can be difficult to prove since drivers often don’t have that information, but the person must also tell the judge that he or her insurance coverage was not canceled for the incident.
The judge can also look at other evidence, including the time the incident occurred and whether the defendant has a history of driving while intoxicated.
If the judge accepts the person’s testimony, the judge can then issue the citation.
McQuearys said the process of reviewing traffic tickets is a challenging one, particularly for a traffic lawyer who has spent time working with people facing criminal cases in traffic courts.
“I think you’re going from a judge who’s in the same office to working from the parking lot,” McQuades said.
Mcquearys and other traffic ticket defense lawyers say the law will help reduce the time they spend arguing traffic tickets in traffic trial courtrooms, where judges and prosecutors often are not equipped to handle the legal complexities of traffic tickets and the legal ramifications of those decisions.
“It’s a great relief that we now have this law,” said Jeff Pardo, a former traffic ticket prosecutor who works as a law professor at Rutgers Law School.
“But the real benefits are going to come from our lawyers working from their homes.”
But some judges may still question whether the new law is sufficient.
A judge can now award traffic tickets to defendants if the traffic court clerk is not available to help with the proceedings, the state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.
That means that the judge may also award a $200 fine for failing to appear in court.
A judge can award a ticket to a driver even if he or the driver is not a registered driver.
And if a judge finds that the defendant was driving reckless or at a dangerous speed, the traffic judge can order a $500 fine.
“We are excited that New Jersey has passed a traffic enforcement law that will benefit the law enforcement community and will help to reduce traffic ticket costs,” said Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak.
McSquears, the lawyer, said that while the state has a new law, it’s too early to tell how many