About New Jersey Careless Driving
New Jersey’s law against Careless Driving is broad in its scope and intended to cover a wide range of driving infractions. The law seeks to prevent driving that is “careless” or performed “without due care and circumspection.” The operation of the motor vehicle need not result in an accident or damage to person or property. Rather, the mere likelihood that such harm could occur is sufficient to warrant conviction under this law.
The State must prove three things to win a conviction of Careless Driving:
1.) Defendant operated the motor vehicle.
2.) The operation was careless or without due care and circumspection.
3.) This careless conduct either resulted in endangering person or property or was likely to have done so.
New Jersey’s Careless Driving statute, N.J.S. 39:4-97, provides:
“A person who drives a vehicle carelessly, or without due caution and circumspection, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of careless driving.”
A conviction of Careless Driving can result in serious consequences, including monetary fine, court costs, motor vehicle points and increased insurance premiums. Also, penalties may be more severe if an accident occurred at the time the ticket was issued.
As a result of these potential consequences, if you are charged with Careless Driving it is important that you have an experienced New Jersey Careless Driving attorney representing you. An experienced lawyer can review the State’s evidence against you and develop a defense strategy tailored to the specific charges. Our firm has handled hundreds of matters of this nature and would be pleased to offer you a free consultation to discuss your case.