Racing is a serious motor vehicle offense in New Jersey and the consequences are steep. In addition to being issued a summons for racing, police will often issue the driver other violations such as speeding or reckless driving in violation of either NJSA 39:4-98 or NJSA 39:4-96. The compounding of offenses can make potential penalties significant. Contact an experienced defense attorney at LS&P Lawyers. We will work diligently to fight the substantial fines and surcharges that may result from a conviction. We are available for a free consultation anytime.
Explanation of the Law
N.J.S.A. 39:4-52 states, "No person shall operate a motor vehicle upon a public highway for a wager or in a race or for the purpose of making a speed record."
A first time conviction will result in a 5 point motor vehicle violation and a fine of up to $100. For a second conviction, the minimum fine increases to $100 and up to $200. More importantly, judges often impose a license suspension for this offense.
It is important to be aware that the above fines are doubled when the offense occurs in an area designated with a speed limit of 65 mph or occurs in a construction zone.
Regardless, this is not an easy offense for the State to prove in our opinion. Under most circumstances, the facts are not always so clear cut and the officer’s opinion is almost always completely subjective with no other witnesses.
Even if the State has a strong case, it is frequently the case that we are able to negotiate a very favorable plea agreement.
Don’t let a racing conviction tarnish your driving record and inconvenience your life. We have extensive experience representing clients for traffic offenses throughout New Jersey! Contact one of our knowledgeable attorneys at LS&P Lawyers by calling (908) 451-2667.