NJ License Restoration Lawyers

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NJ License Restoration - Overview

NJ license restoration cases start with an NJ MVC letter.

Do you find yourself in receipt of a letter from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC)?

Some people still remember when it was called the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Your letter probably starts with a notice of scheduled suspension.

For example, it might sound something like this:

“Your New Jersey driving privilege is scheduled to be suspended as of 5/15/2019 for 120 days.”

If you are in this situation, please do not panic. We are here to help you.

When you receive a New Jersey MVC notice of proposed suspension it is very important to understand that these matters may be resolved through a hearing.

NJ license restoration opportunities are found in the law. The law in New Jersey allows driver’s an opportunity for a Motor Vehicle Hearing.

It is equally important to respond to these notices.
If you are unsure how to respond or what information you should include in your response, please contact us and we will help you. As NJ license restoration lawyers, we’ve done this countless times.

We have extensive experience representing countless clients who were on the verge of losing their driving privileges. We were able to help them keep their drivers’ license for a fair and reasonable fee. We fight for everyone and we will certainly fight for you.

NJ MVC hearings should not be taken lightly.
We need to order and review your driver’s abstract.
A Driver’s Abstract contains everything.
We need to know your entire driving record from the day you got your New Jersey driver’s license.

NJ License Restoration - MVC Hearings

Our attorneys will have a full understanding of your situation and will present the strongest case possible on your behalf.

We will carefully explain how you will suffer in every area of your life if you lose your driver’s license. We will explain your situation and use the sections of the New Jersey law that relate to your specific situation.

Every hearing officer that our attorneys have worked with have been reasonable. If our request is fair and reasonable, there is a strong chance of success.

What happens if the MVC Hearing officer and my lawyer can’t come to an agreement?

In the unlikely event that we do not reach a favorable result for you, you can request a full hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

When will the ALJ hold a special hearing for my license suspension?

These hearing are considered “special” and every judge’s calendar is different. We cannot provide an exact time frame.

NJ License Restoration Approach - Reducing A Suspension Period

Yes, we have been very successful at reducing a proposed suspension period.
After we talk with you and get your side of the story, we present the best case possible to the hearing officer and explain why the suspension period should be reduced.
Our goal is your goal – to get you back on the road, as soon as possible.

Will I have to be at the DMV all day?

People with attorneys get priority. In our experience you may be there an hour or two, but not all day.

Does the driving suspension start right away?

No. We have argued for a suspension to start when it is most convenient for the client. For example, if you are going on a vacation where you won’t be driving, it may make sense to have the suspension start during that time.

If my NJ driver’s license gets suspended, can I get a license in another state?

Most likely not. The other state will ask if you have ever had a license in another state. Then they will ask if you have ever been suspended.
If you lie on the application, you may be charged with a criminal offense.
And if you are successful in getting an out-of-state license, and are caught driving in New Jersey, you will be issued a ticket for Driving While Suspended, N.J.S.A. 39:3-40.
And if you get into an accident, you are facing additional penalties, including a mandatory jail term.

If my NJ license is suspended, can I drive in another state?

No. Because New Jersey issued your license, the other states will consider it suspended.

Can I talk at my MVC hearing?

We always speak on behalf of our clients at each MVC hearing, but you are always allowed to speak.
Of course, you should only speak if what you say will help your case.

I drive for a living, will they still suspend me?

You may get suspended and you may lose your job. This is why it is so important to invest in an MVC Lawyer. We will speak on your behalf & explain why your loss of driving privileges will be a severe hardship for you and your family.

Is my case heard before a special judge?

No,  a “hearing officer” will hear your case.

What is the role of the MVC hearing officer?

The hearing officer determines whether a reduced suspension is justified.

My driving record is “not totally bad”, will this help my case?

Yes. The better your record is, the better the chances are that the proposed suspension period will be reduced.

Can I postpone my suspension?

Yes. That is one of the most frequently requested actions.
Many times, people need to make arrangements for work or finish some special task before their license is suspended.
We work with you to make any suspension as painless as possible.

Am I better off with an MVC lawyer to help me or should I save money and go alone?

We are experienced MVC lawyers, having represented many clients in all types of Traffic Offenses.
We know the process and how to maximize your chances of a good result.

How soon after the notice of suspension will my driving privileges end?

Under New Jersey Statute §39:5-30b, the proposed suspension will be effective 15 days from the date the notice was mailed unless the licensee notifies the Commission in writing within 10 days from the date the notice was mailed.

What happens if I don't respond “suspension notice”?

This is a really bad idea. We will never advise a client to ignore this type of notice.

What happens if I keep driving after my license gets suspended?

This is another bad idea. If you are caught driving while your license is suspended, the penalties are severe.

Not only will you receive a ticket for driving while suspended N.J.S.A. 39:3-40, but depending on your driving record, you may face jail time.

Most importantly, if you get into an accident, then jail is mandatory.

I didn’t know that my license got suspended. It got sent to an old address.

The MVC sends notices to the last address they have on record. It is the driver’s responsibility to notify the MVC of a change in address. So, if you did not notify the MVC you moved, you will still be suspended. However, every case is different, and we may be able to help you. Call us, as you may benefit from legal representation.
Click on this link to change your address with the NJ MVC.

Why did a get a notice saying that my driver’s license is due to be suspended because I am a “Persistent Violator”.

A “Persistent Violator” suspension happens when your driver’s license is suspended because you accumulated too many points within a certain period of time.
Depending on your driving record, your suspension will be from 30 days to three years,

Also, you may have had your driver’s license suspended at some point.
Later you were restored, but you were put on a probationary period.
If you received a moving violation during the probationary period, you may have been suspended again for being a “persistent violator”.

What is a surcharge?

A surcharge is a fine that is assessed by the MVC to drivers who have too many points for traffic violations, or have been convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI).
Click here to Pay Your NJ Surcharge Fees.

Can I be suspended for not paying surcharges?

Yes. The MVC will suspend your driver’s license for non-payment of surcharges.

How do I get my driver’s license restored if I owe surcharges?

You must pay the surcharges and a restoration fee.

How much will the MVC surcharges cost me?

Everybody’s case is different. The amount of the surcharges you owe will depend on what violations you received & whether you have been late in paying them.

Will the MVC accept a payment plan for all the fines & penalties (surcharges) that I owe them?

Usually yes.
Depending on how much you owe, it may be possible to do an Installment Payment Plan.
Are you or a loved one facing a driver’s license suspension?
If the answer is yes, then call us. 
We have successfully helped a lot of drivers. We will fight for you.
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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

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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.

What our clients say about us

Peyrouton Law
Based on 141 reviews
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So far so good....no complaints here...Very good people
17:41 11 Feb 21
I recently got into some legal trouble and was in the need of an attorney fast. Choosing a good attorney, is step 1 in achieving a favorable outcome in any case. And thankfully I made the right choice in choosing Peyrouton Law. Allan and his team are great. They set my mind at ease and they were there with me every step of the way. Allan and Samera always made themselves available for any questions or concerns I had and worked very hard to get me the best possible outcome in my case. They were very affordable and their service far exceeded the price. Thank you Peyrouton Law!
Nikki Pergaminos
Nikki Pergaminos
22:33 10 Feb 21
Mr. Peyrouton has been my attorney for the last ten years. He is very knowledgeable and has always been accessible. I am proud to know him and have him as my lawyer.
Erin Marrero
Erin Marrero
19:54 10 Feb 21
Super Helpful!!A few months ago my husband and I received a BOGUS! speed ticket. Came here explaining our situation long story short ! The ticket was dismissed and I would definitely recommend to anyone seeking professional help.
01:44 10 Feb 21
Joy Alarcon
Joy Alarcon
01:39 10 Feb 21
Recently I had a need for a criminal attorney and I hired Peyrouton Law Firm. This was a very stressful situation for me to go through however the entire time I had great service and quick response from this law firm. I received exceptional service also from Samera of their legal team/ paralegal staff.She provided me with steps of the entire process and gave me information to put me at ease. Thankfully my issue is resolved now and I am recommending them to all of my friends and family.
johon cano
johon cano
01:10 10 Feb 21
I had got myself into some serious trouble with criminal charges and was going to lose my awesome job because you cant have a criminal conviction on your record at my job.First I went to some jersey city lawyer who treated me horribly and tried to scare me into paying an inflated fee! my mom was with me and he was even rude to her because she has an accent.We left his office and googled more lawyersWe got really lucky when we found Alan.The guy is so awesome!He fought for me at a third of the price of the other lawyer and I was able to keep my job.He's a gentleman fighter and I totally recommend him.
Madelyn Abdalla
Madelyn Abdalla
00:40 10 Feb 21
Last year was such a difficult year for all of us with the rise of Covid-19 and the pandemic. Most businesses and the Courts were closed for months! If you had a legal matter pending during that time...trying to speak to a live person at the Court to get information or questions answered was nearly impossible! So I finally decided to hire an attorney to help! Alan and Samera are such an amazing team. They took my case and started working on it from day one! They constantly corresponded with the Court through fax and email to stay on top of my case. They made several calls throughout the day and did not stop until someone picked up or called back with information on my case. They always kept me updated and were always so nice to me. My case was over a year old and nothing was being done. As soon as I hired Alan, it was closed within 3 months!!! I'm speechless. Thank you both for doing such great work and for being so diligent. And the result was the icing on the cake! God bless and stay safe.
00:03 10 Feb 21
Thank you Alan for saving the day...again! Lol From criminal cases to traffic tickets to immigration issues etc...you always come through for me! And you always get the best results! I wish you more and more success! You'll always have me as a client and as a referral!

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



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.


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


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