Can I Go to Jail for Running a Red Light?

While navigating the roadways in New Jersey, you may have misjudged an amber light. This miscalculation may seem insignificant as you thought you had enough time to clear an intersection. However, deciding to impulsively speed up as the light turns red is a serious traffic violation. Running a red light in New Jersey can result in steep monetary fines, demerit points on your license, and even possible jail time. If you have other violations, you can face even harsher penalties. Unfortunately, there are numerous circumstances in which a failure to stop or obey traffic signage can result in a traffic ticket. If you’ve received a ticket for running a red light, it’s in your best interest to connect with an experienced Bergen County Traffic Violations Attorney who can help you explore available defenses to avoid the long-term consequences of such an offense. 

What Are the Penalties for Running a Red Light?

In New Jersey, motorists can be issued traffic tickets for the following offenses: failure to observe a traffic signal, failure to stop for a police signal, failure to yield at an intersection, and failure to observe stop signs. Under New Jersey law, motorists must come to a complete stop if a red light is solid and when motorists encounter a flashing red light.

A red light violation in New Jersey will result in a fine ranging from $50 to $200. It’s crucial to note that court costs can add anywhere from $12 to $33 to the total amount you must pay the court. While it’s not common, the court can impose a jail sentence of 15 days. In addition, you will incur two demerit points on your driving record. Accumulating too many points on your driving record could make you a “high-risk” driver. This can lead to increased auto insurance premiums, surcharges, and the loss of your driving privileges. You can face three demerit points if you make an illegal turn at the red light. However, eligible motorists can get a three-point reduction by completing a driver improvement program.

Can I Contest My Traffic Ticket?

A traffic ticket for running a red light can cost you your driving privileges and potentially your freedom. Therefore, it’s crucial to fight it where possible. To maximize your chances of achieving the best possible outcome, you should enlist the help of a qualified Bergen County traffic violation attorney who can tirelessly fight against the penalties associated with a traffic violation.

Arguing a red light violation will be challenging if your record has various moving violations, parking tickets, or other offenses within the last three years. Nevertheless, it may be possible to raise certain legal defenses to contest a red light ticket, such as the driver not owning the vehicle or the red light camera being insufficiently maintained, resulting in reduced road visibility.

If you’ve been issued a traffic ticket for running a red light, please don’t hesitate to contact The Law Office of Carl Spector to discuss your situation and explore all available defenses.