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Driving on a Suspended License

You may face up to ten days in jail for driving on a suspended license.

Driving on a suspended license can happen to anyone. People change their address and never get notice of a court date. Your driving privilege should be defended to the max. We’re here to help.

But I don't understand! why is my license got suspended?

There are a number of reasons why your license got suspended. 

  • Accumulating 12 points or more on your current driving record
  • Being at fault in a fatal accident
  • Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to appear in court or to pay fines
  • Failure to pay surcharges
  • Driving with an already-suspended license
  • Disqualification due to a mental or physical condition
  • Abandoning a vehicle on a public highway

What are the penalties for driving with a suspended license in new jersey?

First Offense:

Fine of $500, plus an extension to the period of suspension that cannot exceed six months.

Second Offense:

Fine of $750, plus possible imprisonment in the county jail for no more than five days. The court may also extend your license suspension by up to six months.

Third Offense:

Fine of $1,000, along with 10 days in county jail. As with the first and second offense, the court may impose or extend a period of suspension of your license for up to six months.

Will I lose my driving privileges for an even longer period of time?

It depends on two things. 

First, why you are suspended? 

For instance, are you suspended because you did not pay a parking ticket? 

If the only reason is an unpaid parking ticket, you may be able to resolve the ticket without an additional license suspension. 

On the other hand, if you suspended because you were previously convicted of driving while intoxicated, you are almost certain to have additional time added to your suspension period.
In fact, it could be an additional 12 months added to your suspension period.

Second, is this your first, second, third or subsequent ticket for driving while suspended?
If convicted of driving while suspended, the court will examine your driver’s record to determine if you were previously convicted of the same offense. 

As part of its sentence, the court may add additional time to your suspension period.

How do I restore my suspended license in NJ?

For more information on restoring your suspended license, please click here.

How do i know if my license is suspended in new jersey?

The best & quickest way to find out if you are driving on a suspended license is to call the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission a call at 609-292-6500 or 1-888-486-3339.

The first thing you need to ask for is your driver history abstract. This your complete driving record.

It contains all of the information the MVC has relating to your driver’s license.

The MVC support staff will inform you of:

  • how long the suspension will be in effect,
  • the amount of any surcharges owed to the MVC,
  • if you need to complete any MVC driver’s ed programs; and
  • which courts to contact to pay outstanding fines and even if you owe child support (another possible reason for license suspension in NJ).

You can also visit various MVC centers to request your abstract in person.

Or you can purchase a copy online at the MVC’s official Driver History Abstract site.

You can also send a copy of an Abstract Request Form, Form DO-21, by mail.
There is a $15- fee.

What's the real possiblity of jail time?

Again, it all depends on why you are suspended and your driver’s record.

For instance, if this is your third ticket for driving while suspended, you may have to serve 10 days in the county jail. And if you are suspended due to a DWI, under certain circumstances, you may be facing 18 months in the county jail.
That is why you need a “driving on a suspended lawyer” to represent you if are ticketed for driving while suspended.

important tip: Invest a little bit of money & get a lawyer

An experienced attorney will fight to resolve the ticket with as few penalties as possible.

Knowing the law, and knowing what a court will accept is crucial to getting the best possible resolution of your ticket problems.

Competent counsel will work with the municipal prosecutor to craft a solution that minimizes any possible license solution, and/or fines.

  • Get Help With Your Driving with a Suspended License Case

If you would like to meet with us to discuss your case, we offer FREE consultations.

About the Author

Attorney At Law

Mr. Peyrouton is a Criminal Defense Attorney located in Hackensack, NJ.

His articles in the areas of Criminal Law have been published in The New Jersey Law Journal.

He is a distinguished author, trial attorney, and has had the privilege of arguing before the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Peyrouton was a world-class, competitive tennis player.

He is perfectly fluent in Spanish.

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NJSA - 2C:43-7.2.
Eligibility for parole;
persons convicted of certain violent crimes

a. A court imposing a sentence of incarceration for a crime of the first or second degree enumerated in subsection d. of this section shall fix a minimum term of 85% of the sentence imposed, during which the defendant shall not be eligible for parole.


b. The minimum term required by subsection a. of this section shall be fixed as a part of every sentence of incarceration imposed upon every conviction of a crime enumerated in subsection d. of this section, whether the sentence of incarceration is determined pursuant to N.J.S.2C:43-6, N.J.S.2C:43-7, N.J.S.2C:11-3 or any other provision of law, and shall be calculated based upon the sentence of incarceration actually imposed. The provisions of subsection a. of this section shall not be construed or applied to reduce the time that must be served before eligibility for parole by an inmate sentenced to a mandatory minimum period of incarceration. Solely for the purpose of calculating the minimum term of parole ineligibility pursuant to subsection a. of this section, a sentence of life imprisonment shall be deemed to be 75 years.


c. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and in addition to any other sentence imposed, a court imposing a minimum period of parole ineligibility of 85 percent of the sentence pursuant to this section shall also impose a five-year term of parole supervision if the defendant is being sentenced for a crime of the first degree, or a three-year term of parole supervision if the defendant is being sentenced for a crime of the second degree. The term of parole supervision shall commence upon the completion of the sentence of incarceration imposed by the court pursuant to subsection a. of this section unless the defendant is serving a sentence of incarceration for another crime at the time he completes the sentence of incarceration imposed pursuant to subsection a., in which case the term of parole supervision shall commence immediately upon the defendant’s release from incarceration. During the term of parole supervision the defendant shall remain in release status in the community in the legal custody of the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections and shall be supervised by the State Parole Board as if on parole and shall be subject to the provisions and conditions

Felony Degree

Prison & Fines

Examples

First-Degree

1st-degree felony charges in NJ are reserved for the most serious criminal offenses.

Second-Degree

2nd-degree felony charges carry 5-10 yrs in prison.
These charges can often be “downgraded” to 3rd or 4th-degree crimes.

Third-Degree

3rd-degree felony charges carry 3-5 years.
You have a good shot at PTI if you are charged with 3rd-degree.

Fourth-Degree

4th-degree felony charges carry up to 18 months in jail. But if you have a really good lawyer, he may be able to your case “remanded” to a lower court. In this way, you will be out of “felony” danger.