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This website is devoted to bringing you information about the traffic laws in the State of New Jersey. Here you can find information about tickets, fines, points, surcharges, and more.

Getting Pulled Over

So, your're being pulled over. Listen up, this is very important: Always be courteous and polite to the officer. Even if you think the officer is wrong, it's important not to be rude or argue. If you want to argue the summons, you can do so in court; if you try to argue on the side of the road, you're only going to cause yourself more problems.

What is a ticket, anyway?

When you receive a ticket (the proper name for a traffic ticket is a "summons" or "complaint summons"), you are being charged with an offense. In most cases it would be a police officer filing the charge against you, but actually anyone can sign a complaint against you. If a police officer signed a complaint against you, he is representing that he has probable cause to believe that you committed an offense. Probable cause is defined as "a reasonable belief that an offense occurred." In most cases, this means that the police officer wittnessed the offense, you admitted to him that you committed the offense, or there was ample evidence to conclude that you committed the offense.

Here's a picture of what a typical New Jersey traffic summons looks like. They may vary slightly from town to town.

So, you got a ticket...

Ok, you couldn't sweet talk your way out of the ticket. Maybe the cop was having a bad day. Maybe you should have gotten rid of that "Bad Cop, No Donut" bumper sticker. Whatever the case, you have two options:

  1. Pay the summons. Paying it will save you the time and hassle of having to go to court. This is usually the easiest way to go with minor violations such as parking violations, equipment violations, etc. You can also do this with most moving violations, but you will automatically receive whatever the standard points and fines are associated with the offense. By paying the ticket, you are legally admitting guilt to the charge and that the offense took place.
  2. Contest the summons. You can contest the summons be entering a not guilty plea. If you have a moving violation and wish to pursue a plea agreement with the prosecutor, this is the option you want.

In some cases, you might not have an option. You may be required to appear in Court. Read on to find out if this is the case.

How do I know if I'm required to appear in court, or if I can simply pay the ticket?

The good news is that most of New Jersey's traffic offenses are payable, meaning you can just pay the fine and not have to appear in court. However, some are what is known as court appearance required. Here are a few:

If you're not sure, call the number on the back of your ticket and ask the Court Clerk.

Ok, I want to pay the ticket and I'm eligible... How do I do that? 

There are several ways to pay a ticket. The instructions on are on the back of the ticket, but here are your options just in case:

  1. Pay at the Court- This one's self explanatory, simply go to the Municipal Court Clerk's Office during regular business hours and you can pay them directly. Some Courts accept check or credit card, but cash is universally accepted and therefore the easiest way to go. The address of the court is on the back of your ticket.
  2. Pay online- Pay using your Visa or Mastercard at the Municipal Court Direct website. There is a convenience fee of $1-$4 for using this service.
  3. Mail it in- Follow the instructions on the back of the ticket to mail in your payment.