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A conviction for a disorderly persons offense or a DWI offense in New Jersey could damage your future opportunities. That’s why it is so important for you to have qualified legal counsel on your side if you face criminal chargestraffic charges, or drunk driving charges in Morris County, New Jersey. James Porfido, the founding partner of James M. Porfido, Attorney at Law, LLC, is a skilled criminal defense lawyer who represents clients in Mount Olive Township Municipal Court, Roxbury Township Municipal Court, Montville Municipal Court, and every other municipal court in Morris County, NJ.

The reality is that a conviction for a disorderly persons offense in municipal court could leave you with a criminal record that haunts you for a very long time. Even a traffic conviction – especially if it’s for a DWI offense – could cause serious problems for you because your driver’s license may be suspended. Attorney Porfido has been Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, so you can count on him to fight on your behalf in the courtroom and help you beat the charges. He will also be a strong advocate for you outside the courtroom, working hard to protect your legal rights and to negotiate the best possible outcome to your case.

If you have been charged with a disorderly persons offense, petty disorderly persons offense, municipal ordinance violation, traffic offense, or DUI offense in Morris County, NJ, James M. Porfido, Attorney at Law, LLC can help you. Call 973-828-0998, or fill out the online form, to schedule a free initial consultation at the law firm’s conveniently located office in Morristown, New Jersey.

Disorderly Persons Offenses in NJ

Simple Assault – N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a)

Simple Possession of Less Than 50 Grams of Marijuana – N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2

Shoplifting – N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11

Receiving Stolen Property – N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7(a)

Bad Checks – N.J.S.A. 2C:21-5

Disorderly Conduct – N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2

Resisting Arrest – N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2

Criminal Mischief – N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3

Trespassing – N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3

Harassment – N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4

Lewdness – N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4

Obstruction – N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1

Hindering Apprehension – N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3

Possession of a Hypodermic Needle or Syringe – N.J.S.A. 2C:36-6

Prostitution – N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1

New Jersey Traffic Violations and Statutes

39:3-4 Vehicle Registration Required

  1. Unregistered vehicles shall not be permitted to be driven, parked or stand on a public highway.
  2. A Police Officer is authorized to remove any such vehicle on a public highway.

39:3-9a Failure to Notify of Name Change; Failure to Sign License

  1. DMV to be notified within two weeks after name change.
  2. A license shall be endorsed in handwriting.

39:3-10 Driver’s License Required

  1. A license or permit required to operate a motor vehicle.

39:3-11 Failure to Comply with Restriction Codes

  1. A license was granted with reasonable conditions placed on the applicant such as the use of eyeglasses.

39:3-17.1 Continuation of Non-Resident Driving Privilege

  1. Non-resident privilege ends 60 days after becoming resident.

39:3-29 Failure to Exhibit Documents

  1. License, registration and insurance card to be exhibited upon request of Officer.
  2. Government vehicle, vehicle under control of ICC, PUC or vehicles registered out of state are exempt from insurance requirement.

39:3-32 Lost, Damaged or Defaced License Place to be Replaced

  1. Must be reported to DMV and replaced within 24 hours.

39:3-33 Display of License plates

  1. Must be displayed not less than 12 inches, nor more than 49 inches height.
  2. Must be horizontal, free from swinging, fee of obstruction.

39:3-36 Failure to Notify of Address Change

  1. DMV to be notified within 1 week of change of address.

39:3-40 Driving While Suspended

  1. No person shall operate a vehicle whose license privilege has been revoked.

Penalties for Violation of 39:3-40

  • 1st Offense: $500, up to 6 months additional suspension.
  • 2nd Offense: $750, 5 days in jail, up to 5 months additional suspension.
  • 3rd Offense: $1,000 fine, 10 days in jail, up to 6 months additional suspension, 45 additional days in jail if involved in an injury accident.

39:3-44 Unsafe Vehicle

  1. A vehicle in such condition as to endanger or likely to endanger a person or property shall not be driven, moved or parked on a highway.

39:3-47 Lighted Lamps Required

  1. Any time from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.
  2. Any other time when visibility is less than 500 feet.
  3. When windshield wipers are activated.

39:3-50 Color of Lamps

  1. White or amber to front of vehicle.
  2. Red or amber to rear of vehicle.
  3. Permit required for flashing lights.

39:3-60 Improper Use of Multiple Beam Headlights

  1. High beams not to be used within 500 feet of other vehicles.

39:3-66 Maintenance of Lamps

  1. All lamps must be kept clean and in good working order.

39:3-69 Horn and/or Audible Warning Device

  1. Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a horn audible from a distance of not less than 200 feet used only when necessary to ensure safe operation.

39:3-70 Loud, Defective or No Muffler

  1. All motor vehicles having a combustion motor to be equipped with muffler.
  2. Must prevent excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke.

39:3-71 Mirrors

  1. Every passenger vehicle manufactured after 1/1/65 to be equipped with interior and driver’s side mirror.

39:3-72 Tires

  1. Unsafe tire – any exposed ply or cord, any bump, bulge, knot or excessive tread wear.

39:3074 Windshields

  1. At least one wiper required on driver’s side.
  2. No stickers, posters, etc. on windshield.

39:3-75 Safety Glass

  1. Vehicle shall not be driven with unduly fractured, discolored or deteriorated safety glass.

39:3-76.2a Child Restraints

  1. Children up to 8 years shall be secured in a rear set with a federally approved child restraint system.

39:3-76.2f Required Wearing of Seat Belts

  1. Every driver and front seat passenger of a passenger automobile shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt.

39:3-77 Unapproved Equipment or Devices

  1. No person shall sell, offer or use any unapproved device or equipment for use on a motor vehicle.

39:3-79.1 Mud Flaps

  1. Any bus, truck, full trailer or semi trailer exceeding a gross weight of 3 tons must be equipped with a rear wheel dirt flap.

39:3-81 Use of Studded Tires

  1. Use of studded tires approved between 14 November and 1 April or as determined by director.

39:4-10 Lamps and Reflectors on Bicycles

  1. Bicycles, when operated at night, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible at a distance of 500 feet. They shall also be equipped with a red lamp at the rear visible at a distance of 500 feet.

39:4-11 Audible Signal on Bicycles

  1. No bicycle shall be operated unless it is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least 100 feet.

39:4-12 Improper Riding on Bicycle

  1. A person on a bicycle shall not ride or carry another passenger on anything but a permanent and regular seat attached to the bicycle.

39:4-14 Hitching on Vehicles Prohibited

  1. No person riding on a bicycle, coaster, skates, sled or toy vehicle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway.
  2. A person shall not ride a bicycle with his hands and feet removed from the handlebars and pedals, nor shall he practice trick or fancy riding in a street.

39:4-14.1 Rights and Duties of Bicycle Rider

  1. Bicycle rider to comply with applicable provisions of Title 39.

39:4-32 Improper Crossing of Roadway by Pedestrian

  1. Pedestrians shall not cross roadway against stop signal or traffic device or officer.
  2. A pedestrian crossing one “go signal” has the right of way over all vehicles until he has reached the opposite curb.

39:4-34 Pedestrian to Use Crosswalk

  1. Unlawful for pedestrians to cross any highway separated by medial barrier except where a provision is made for a crossing.
  2. On all highways where no sidewalks or paths are provided, pedestrians shall, when practical, walk only on the extreme left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic.
  3. Where sidewalks are provided, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.

39:4-35 Pedestrians Right to Complete Crossing

  1. Non-operator of a vehicle shall fail to give the right of way to a pedestrian at a crosswalk where the pedestrian has begun his crossing properly.

39:4-46a Display of Name and Address

  1. Every commercial vehicle shall display the name of the owner or lessee and the municipality in which the owner or lessee has his principal place of business.
  2. Franchised public utilities and fleets of 50 or more vehicles may display a corporate code instead.
  3. The sign or nameplate shall be in plain view and lettering shall be as close as possible to 3 inches in height.

39:4-46b Display of GVWR

  1. Vehicles over 26,000 pounds are to display a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.

39:4-48 Owners of Consent to Use Motor Vehicle

  1. No person shall operate or use a motor vehicle without the permission of the owner.

39:4-49 Tampering with a Motor Vehicle

  1. No person shall tamper or interfere with a vehicle or put its engine in motion while it is standing without the permission of the owner.

39:4-49.1 Operating with Drugs in Possession or in Motor Vehicle

  1. No person shall operate a vehicle on any highway while knowingly having in their possession any CDS as defined in schedules I, II, III, IV or V.

39:4-50 Driving While Intoxicate/Allowing Another to Operate

  1. No person is to operate a vehicle while under the influence of any intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit producing drug.
  2. .008% or more by weight of alcohol in the defendant’s blood.
  3. No person is to allow operation of a vehicle by person under the influence or intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic, or habit-producing drug.

Penalties for Violation of 39:40-50

  • 1st Offense: $250-$400, IDRC, 6 months – 1-year suspension, possible 30 days in jail.
  • 2nd Offense: $500-$1,000, 30 days community service, 2-90 days in jail, 2-year suspension.
  • 3rd Offense: $1,000 fine, 180 days in jail, 10-year suspension

39:4-50.2 Consent to Taking Breath Samples

  1. A person who operates a vehicle on any public road, street or highway or quasi public area in this state shall be deemed to have given consent to the taking of breath samples to determine the content of alcohol in his blood.
  2. No right to refuse or consult with anyone prior to taking the sample.

39:4-51a Consumption of Alcohol in Vehicle

  1. A person shall not consume an alcoholic beverage while operating a vehicle.
  2. A passenger shall not consume an alcoholic beverage while a vehicle is being operated.
  3. Presumption of consumption if unsealed container in passenger compartment of vehicle appears to be partially consumed and operator or passenger has physical appearance of having consumed it.

39:4-52 Racing on Highway

39:4-53 Leaving Engine Running

  1. No person shall leave a vehicle on a highway with its engine running and unoccupied by someone capable to control it.

39:4-56 Delaying of Traffic

  1. No person shall drive or conduct a vehicle in such condition so constructed or so leaded to be likely to cause delay in traffic.

39:4-56.5 Abandonment of Vehicle

  1. A vehicle which has remained on highway or the property in excess of 48 hours or without current license plates for any period.

39:4-56.6 Parking on Private Property without Consent

39:4-57 Failure to Comply with Directions of Officer

  1. Drivers or vehicle shall, at times, comply with the direction by voice or hand of a police officer.

39:4-58 Driving with View Obstructed

39:4-59 Begging Rides Prohibited

39:4-60 Soliciting Trade or Contributions Prohibited

39:4-61 Tailboard Riding

39:4-63 Placing Injurious Substance on Roadway

  1. Any glass, other sharp, injurious or cutting substance.

39:4-64 Littering

  1. No person shall drop any bundle, object, article or debris of any nature from a vehicle, whether in motion or not, when such vehicle is on the highway.

39:4-67 Obstructing Passage of Other Vehicles

39:4-69 Riding on Parts Not Intended for Passengers

39:4-71 Driving on Sidewalk

39:4-77 Loading so as to Spill

  1. A load which extends above the height of sides or tailgate of a vehicle shall be covered by a tarpaulin or other cover.

39:4-80 Traffic Control by Officers

39:4-81 Disregard of Traffic Control Device

39:4-82 Keeping to Right

39:4-85 Improper Passing

39:4-86 Driving to Left of Center Line

39:4-88 Traffic on Marked Lanes

39:4-89 Following Too Closely

39:4-90 Right of Way at Intersections

39:4-92 Clearance for Authorized Emergency Vehicle

39:4-96 Reckless Driving

  1. A person who drives a vehicle heedlessly, in a willful or wanton disregard of the rights of safety of others in a manner so as to endanger or likely to endanger person or property.

39:4-97 Careless Driving

  1. A person who drives carelessly or without due caution and circumspection in a manner so as to endanger or likely to endanger person or property.

39:4-97a Destruction of Agricultural or Recreational Property

39:4-97.1 Impeding Slow Speed Prohibited

39:4-98 Speeding

39:4-11.5b Right Turn at Red Signal

  1. Must come to a complete stop and yield to all traffic and pedestrians before proceeding.

39:4-123 Right and Left Hand Turns

39:4-123 Marked Turning Courses

39:4-125 Improper U-Turns

39:4-126 Failure to Signal Turn

39:4-127 Improper Backing or Turning in Street

39:4-128.1 Passed Stopped School Bus

  1. There shall be a rebuttable presumption that the registered owner of the vehicle which was involved was the person who committed the act.

39:4-129 Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Penalties for Violation of 39:4-129

  • 1st Offense: $500 to $1,000 or imprisoned for 180 days or both.
  • 2nd Offense: Not less than $1,000 nor more than $2,000 or imprisoned for 180 days or both.

39:4-135 Improper Parking

  1. Parallel with edge of the curb.
  2. Facing in the direction of traffic.
  3. Within 6 inches of the curb.

39:4-136 Parking on Highway

  1. Clear and unobstructed width of 15 feet upon the roadway opposite the standing vehicle.
  2. Clear view of the vehicle may be obtained from a distance of 200 feet in each direction upon the roadway.
  3. Person shall immediately, by quickest means, notify the nearest police authority.
  4. Police Officer may remove vehicle.

39:4-137 Parking Brake to be Set

39:4-138 Parking Prohibitions

  1. Within an intersection
  2. On a crosswalk
  3. Between a safety zone and adjacent curb
  4. In front of a driveway
  5. Within 25 feet of an intersecting road or crosswalk
  6. On a sidewalk
  7. In a No Parking area
  8. Tithing 50 feet of a stop sign
  9. Within 10 feet of a fire hydrant
  10. Within 50 feet of a rail crossing
  11. Within 25 feet of a driveway to a fire station
  12. Alongside a street excavation
  13. On the roadway side of any stopped vehicle
  14. Upon any bridge or elevated roadway
  15. In a handicapped spot

39:4-144 Failure to Stop and Yield

39:4-183.3 Display of Unauthorized Traffic Signals

39:5-35 Failure to Surrender Suspended Drivers License

39:6B-2 Uninsured Vehicle

  1. Vehicle registered or principally garaged in NJ

Penalties for Violation of 39:6B-2

  • 1st Offense: $300, period of community service, 1-year suspension.
  • 2nd Offense: $500, 14 days in jail, 30 days community service, 2-year suspension.

39:8-1 Failure to Inspect
39:8-4 Failure to Make Repairs or Re-Inspect
39:8-6 Failure to Display Inspection Sticker
39:8-9 Refusal to Inspect

NJSA Point Schedule for NJ Traffic Tickets

New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway 
27:23–29Moving against traffic2 
27:23–29Improper passing4 
27:23–29Unlawful use of median strip2 
All roads and highways 
39:3–20Operating constructor vehicle in excess of 45 mph3 
39:4–14.3Operating motorized bicycle on a restricted highway2 
39:4–14.3dMore than one person on a motorized bicycle2 
39:4–35Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk2 
39:4–36Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk; passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk2 
39:4– 41Driving through safety zone2 
39:4–52Racing on highway5 
39:4–55Improper action or omission on grades and curves2 
39:4–57Failure to observe direction of officer2 
39:4–66Failure to stop vehicle before crossing sidewalk2 
39:4–66.1Failure to yield to pedestrians or vehicles while entering or leaving highway2 
39:4–66.2Driving on public or private property to avoid a traffic sign or signal2 
39:4–71Operating a motor vehicle on a sidewalk2 
39:4–80Failure to obey direction of officer2 
39:4–81Failure to observe traffic signals* (Red Light Camera- 0 pts.)2 
 *No points assessed for red light camera violation0 
39:4–82Failure to keep right2 
39:4–82.1Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider2 
39:4–83Failure to keep right at intersection2 
39:4–84Failure to pass to right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction5 
39:4–85Improper passing on right or off roadway4 
39:4–85.1Wrong way on a one-way street2 
39:4–86Improper passing in no passing zone4 
39:4–87Failure to yield to overtaking vehicle2 
39:4–88Failure to observe traffic lanes2 
39:4–90Failure to yield at intersection2 
39:4–90.1Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highways2 
39:4–91–92Failure to yield to emergency vehicles2 
39:4–96Reckless driving5 
39:4–97Careless driving2 
39:4–97aDestruction of agricultural or recreational property2 
39:4–97.1Slow speed blocking traffic2 
39:4–97.2Driving in an unsafe manner (points only for third or subsequent offense within five years of most recent 39:4-97.2 conviction)4 
39:4–98Exceeding maximum speed 1-14 mph over limit2 
 Exceeding maximum speed 15-29 mph over limit4 
 Exceeding maximum speed 30 mph or more over limit5 
39:4–105Failure to stop for traffic light2 
39:4–115Improper turn at traffic light3 
39:4–119Failure to stop at flashing red signal2 
39:4–122Failure to stop for police whistle2 
39:4–123Improper right or left turn3 
39:4–124Improper turn from approved turning course3 
39:4–125Improper u-turn3 
39:4–126Failure to give proper signal2 
39:4–127Improper backing or turning in street2 
39:4–127.1Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing2 
39:4–127.2Improper crossing of bridge2 
39:4–128Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles2 
39:4–128.1Improper passing of school bus5 
39:4–128.4Improper passing of frozen dessert truck4 
39:4–129Leaving the scene of an accident –
no personal injury
Personal injury8 
39:4–144Failure to observe stop or yield signs2 
39:5C–1Racing on highway5 
39:5D–4Moving violation committed out-of-state  


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