Equipment Violations in NJ
According to New Jersey state law, the Motor Vehicle Commission’s Chief Administrator has the power to draft and pass particular regulations governing the type of equipment necessary for all motor vehicles registered in the state. Therefore, if a motorist is stopped and found not to have the required equipment, they are liable to be cited for a violation.
What Are Equipment Violations in New Jersey?
Many traffic citations and cases start with equipment violations. Such offenses can include tinted windows that are too dark, a broken taillight, temporary license sticker that is expired, or an obstruction in their windshield. Police officers or state troopers may initially pull someone over for an equipment violation that can lead to more serious charges such as DWI, driving without insurance, or drug possession.
Valid and Invalid Police Stops in NJ
All vehicles registered in the state of New Jersey must have the required equipment at all times. Vehicles that are not properly outfitted can be stopped by police. Under these statutes, law enforcement officials are within the limits of their job to stop such vehicles and issue a citation for having equipment violations.
However, bear in mind that if a police officer has stopped your vehicle based on alleged equipment violations which in fact are not present, the stop will not be categorized as being “objectively reasonable” under the circumstances.
Equipment Violations Attorney in New Jersey
If you find yourself in these circumstances, contact us at The Law Office of Benjamin Friedman to be further advised of your rights.