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Driving on a Suspended License In New Jersey

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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.

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

How We Can Help

Regardless of the criminal charges you are facing, we are here to defend & protect you. Whether you are facing a restraining order, drug charge, theft charge, or aggravated assault charge, we are here to help you. Even a DWI case can really complicate your life.

If we can’t get your charges dismissed, we can either get them downgraded or place you in a diversionary program. The point is, our criminal defense lawyers will fight tirelessly to get you the best result possible. Take advantage of our free consultation to see how we can help.

Our Experience

You or a loved one have been arrested. Understandably, you are terrified & have a lot of questions. You’ve heard about plea bargains & probation, but the process is overwhelming. You want a local attorney near you to represent you.

Mr. Peyrouton is from Ridgewood & handles all types of criminal matters in New Jersey The New Jersey Law Journal recently published one of his articles on the subject of criminal law.

Our Practice Areas

Below you will find some but not all of our practice areas. Of course, if you do not see your criminal charges listed, feel free to contact us for a free consultation. We will meet with you to discuss your case & to answer all of your legal concerns. Se habla español tambien!

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How Do Your Free Consultations Work?

There are plenty of excellent criminal lawyers in the Hackensack area. Most, if not all of them, offer free, 20-minute, consultations. However, our free consultations do not have a time limit. You will never feel rushed.

The best way for us to help you is to patiently listen to your side of the story. Your version of events will serve as the basis for your legal defense. It is during these initial meetings that your memory of the event is fresh in your mind. Why we would rush you during such an important aspect of your case.

We understand that your choice of attorney could mean the difference between your freedom and spending years behind bars. 

When you hire an attorney, you are entering a long-term relationship. For this reason, it is important that you feel comfortable with the team of Hackensack criminal lawyers that will represent you.

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