Conditional & Hardship Licenses

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New Jersey Conditional or Hardship Licenses are available depending on the reason for your license suspension.
Every DWI client asks, “If I get a DWI & lose my license for three months, can I get a Conditional License for work?”

After you get arrested for a DWI or DUI, you are at risk of losing your license for a minimum of 3 months.
A hardship license would allow you to get to and from work.

Getting A Conditional Or Hardship License For A Drug Conviction

Under New Jersey law, your driving privilege will be suspended when you plead guilty or are found guilty of a drug crime.

However, if your license is suspended due to a drug conviction, you can ask the court to grant you a conditional or hardship license.

These types of licenses are granted when you can show that you will suffer a “great hardship” from losing your driving privileges.

For example, if you work far away and there’s no public transportation to get to work, a judge may grant a hardship license.

Sadly, the same reasoning does not apply when it comes to DWI convictions.

What If I have A DWI Conviction?

Many States offer limited driving privileges for people who get their license suspended.

For example, States like New York realize that if people don’t work, they cannot pay their bills and function. Unlike New York, New Jersey does not offer conditional or hardships licenses.
Once you lose your license, you cannot drive under any circumstances.

In New Jersey, after a DWI conviction, you are not allowed to drive your car one inch. If you get caught moving your car from one parking spot to another, you face terrible consequences.

New Jersey's DMV Does Not Offer These Types of Licenses

The Motor Vehicle Commission of New Jersey completely opposes conditional and hardship licenses.
As a result, you cannot drive until your privileges are restored.
If you are caught driving during the time your license is suspended, you may face incarceration.

Avoid the need for a conditional License by fighting your dWI

A DWI conviction can really complicate your life.
Although a DWI is not a criminal offense in New Jersey, the consequences are serious.
You will have to pay court costs & fees, participate in the IDRC, pay MVC surcharges, and suffer increased insurance premiums.

The best way to avoid the need for a conditional license in New Jersey is to fight your DWI case.
It may be your best shot at keeping your license.

Our Approach

Our New Jersey DWI lawyers are committed to fighting your DWI charges. You will benefit from our extensive DWI trial experience. Most importantly, we will be honest about your chances of winning your DWI case. We never guarantee results. However, we absolutely guarantee that we will aggressively fight for you!

Your DWI case is as important to us as it is to you because we understand that your driver’s license is your freedom. We love the fact that each DWI case is different and we welcome the challenge of each case. When you hire us, you will get complete access to us. We respond to all communications & love answering questions. 

Our fees are reasonable and we offer payment plans. While other DWI lawyers in NJ charge insane fees, we offer reasonable flat fees. We appreciate how expensive a DWI conviction is. In addition to court fees & fines, your insurance will increase and you will have to DMV surcharges. We’re here to help you get through these difficult times.

Please visit the Areas We Serve & Practice Areas pages for more information.

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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!

Areas We Serve

Get Help With Your Case

How Do Your Free Consultations Work?

There are plenty of excellent Hackensack criminal lawyers in our 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.

A person extorts if he purposely threatens to:

a. Inflict bodily injury on or physically confine or restrain anyone or commit any other criminal offense;
b. Accuse anyone of an offense or cause charges of an offense to be instituted against any person;
c. Expose or publicize any secret or any asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or to impair his credit or business repute;
d. Take or withhold action as an official, or cause an official to take or withhold action;
e. Bring about or continue a strike, boycott or other collective action, if the property is not demanded or received for the benefit of the group in whose interest the actor purports to act;
f. Testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information with respect to another’s legal claim or defense; or
g. Inflict any other harm which would not substantially benefit the actor but which is calculated to materially harm another person.

***It is an affirmative defense to prosecution based on paragraphs b, c, d or f that the property obtained was honestly claimed as restitution or indemnification for harm done in the circumstances or as lawful compensation for property or services.

Reasonable Articulable Suspicion

Reasonable suspicion is a “search” standard that applies in criminal law.

When a police officer conducts a warrantless search, and does not have probable cause to justify the search, the courts look to see if the police had
a “reasonable & articulable suspicion” for the search.

A mere “hunch” is not enough.

In other words, a police officer has to provide an acceptable explanation for the search.

United States Constitution

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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. Prison terms start at a minimum of 10 years in prison.

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 a 3rd-degree.

Fourth-Degree

4th-degree felony charges carry up to 18 months in jail. These cases can get “remanded” to a lower court. In this way, you will be out of “felony” danger.