Driving With Suspended or Revoked License

Do You Need a NJ Municipal Court Lawyer to Represent You in a Case Involving Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License?

Driving while your license is suspended is a big deal, with serious consequences. Many people know how to drive, so what is the worst that could happen if they get caught driving while their license is suspended or revoked, maybe a fine? Unfortunately, the penalties for driving with a suspended license are much harsher than you think, with expensive fines, long additional license suspensions, and possibly even jail time, very real possibilities. It is important for you to seek the representation of an experienced Municipal Court Attorney.

As with many charges venued in Municipal Court, driving with a suspended license is complicated. Many individuals who are not represented by a qualified attorney are often given fines and other punishment penalties that they would not have received had they been more prepared. The different penalties for driving with a suspended license can be broken down into two categories: standard penalties and enhanced penalties. Enhanced penalties are given to those whose licenses were suspended for significant reasons, such as a DWI/DUI or no insurance. If you have been in an accident causing injury to someone and your license was suspended, the penalty will be significantly increased.

STANDARD PENALTIES FOR DRIVING ON THE SUSPENDED LICENSE

The penalties for driving with a suspended license are straightforward and serious. If you are a repeat offender, the penalties will be significantly increased. The following lists penalties for cases of driving while your license is suspended, without considering any aggravating factors that may increase the penalties.

First Offense

  • $500 Fine
  • $250 Motor Vehicle Surcharge per year for three years
  • Possible loss of license for six months

Second Offense

  • $750 Fine
  • $250 Motor Vehicle Surcharge per year for three years
  • Additional suspension of license for up to six months
  • Mandatory jail sentence of one to five days
  • Mandatory suspension of registration privileges if the offense occurred within five years of the last

Third Offense

  • $1000 Fine
  • Mandatory jail sentence of 10 days
  • Additional license suspension to be determined by Court
  • Loss of registration privileges also determined by Court

These penalties for driving with a suspended license are obviously quite severe, even for first time offenders. Sometimes it may be possible to have these penalties reduced if your license was suspended for a mere failure to pay traffic tickets, for example: A qualified Municipal Court Lawyer who can defend you against this charge or negotiate with the prosecutor to get you a plea deal with a more favorable sentence.

ENHANCED PENALTIES FOR DRIVING ON THE SUSPENDED LIST

Enhanced penalties will be imposed when aggravating factors are present in your charge of driving with a suspended license. These aggravating factors originate because your license was on the suspended list or possibly from an accident you caused while driving with a suspended license. The following list illustrates some of the aggravating factors and enhanced penalties that you may face.

Keep in mind that these penalties are in addition to the standard penalties required under the statutes:

  • License was suspended from a DWI/DUI conviction
  • Additional $500 fine
  • Loss of license for additional one to two years
  • Mandatory 10 to 90 days in jail
  • Suspension of registration

License was suspended due to lack of insurance

  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • Loss of license for additional one to two years
  • Additional $500 fine
  • Involved in accident causing bodily injury to another, while license was suspended
  • Mandatory 45 days to six months in jail

Fredrick P. Niemann Esq.

Driving with a suspended license is an offense that can have serious, very serious implications. Without proper representation, you may be exposing yourself to penalties, fines and jail time that otherwise could have been avoided. Don’t delay, Call Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq., a New Jersey Municipal Court Attorney today toll-free at (855) 376-5291. He can also be emailed at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com. His office will take the lead to protect your rights and your interests.

Written by Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a New Jersey Municipal Law Attorney