Jail for Speeding Avoided in South Jersey 100mph+ Ticket

Attorney Assists in Avoiding Jail Sentence for 100+ MPH Speeding Ticket

Last month we saw a victory in court where we were able to avoid our client going to jail for speeding ticket where his vehicle was allegedly clocked for travelling over 100 mph. Whether you’ve been there yourself, heard about it from a friend, or just read our Speeding Ticket License Suspensions page, you know that there are significant penalties associated with very high-speed speeding tickets. This is especially true for tickets where the driver was clocked at over 100 miles per hour, as this can be considered an egregious and willful violation of the Title 39 Motor Vehicle Code.

Jail for Speeding Tickets in New Jersey

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In most towns in New Jersey, a violation of the New Jersey Speeding law for exceeding the posted speed limit by 30 or more miles per hour will almost always result in the municipal court judge considering a license suspension imposition. However, in some towns, exceeding 100 miles per hour will have the judge considering actual county jail time, not to exceed 15 days. I’ll say it again for clarity: YOU CAN GO TO JAIL FOR SPEEDING, even if there was no accident.

Fortunately, our client made a great decision in hiring an attorney to fight his ticket and advocate on his behalf. After several court appearances and with an offer of 7 days in Atlantic County Jail, multiple discovery requests, and a timely court order, we managed to break down enough of the prosecution’s case against our client and get the speed readings thrown out of court. The client ended up pleading to a lesser offense, and avoided a jail term entirely.

Why Jail for Speeding Tickets in NJ?

Few are aware that for certain speeding offenses, the law specifically allows for a discretionary sentence of jail for speeding – up to a maximum of 15 days. Specifically, N.J.S.A. 39:4-104 reads as follows:

N.J.S.A. 39:4-104 – Violations of article; penalty

A person violating a section of this article shall, for each violation, be subject to a fine of not less than $50.00 or more than $200.00, or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days, or both, except as herein otherwise provided.

Therefore, it is very important for egregious speed violators to be mindful that this could be a situation where jail for speeding would apply. Courts known to do this for all violations of speeding that involve speeds of 100 M.P.H. or more include Hamilton Township (Atlantic County) and Westampton Township (Burlington County).

Contact an attorney if you or someone close to you has been charged with a high-rate-of-speed violation to see how an attorney can help minimize the damage, avoid jail for speeding, and possibly even get the charge dismissed in certain cases.

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