The penalties for using a cell phone while driving have increased in 2014.  The updated law reads:

“A person who violates this section shall be fined as follows:

(1) for a first offense, not less than $200 or more than $400;

(2) for a second offense, not less than $400 or more than $600; and

(3) for a third or subsequent offense, not less than $600 or more than $800.

For a third or subsequent violation, the court, in its discretion, may order the person to forfeit the right to operate a motor vehicle over the highways of this State for a period of 90 days.  In addition, a person convicted of a third or subsequent violation shall be assessed three motor vehicle penalty points pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1982, c.43  (C.39:5-30.5).”

If you are facing license suspension because of previous violations, your attorney may be able ask the court to waive the suspension.

In some situations, courts can waive a discretionary license suspension after holding a hardship hearing.  During a hardship hearing, a defendant or his or her attorney explains to the court the reasons why a loss of license would create an undue hardship, such as the inability to get to work or to care for family members.

If you have received a ticket for a cell phone violation, it is important to discuss the case with an attorney.  Call (201) 343-4622 today for a free consultation.