Driving While Suspended | Toms River, Ocean County, NJ

Driving While Suspended | Toms River, Ocean County, NJ

Driving while suspended in New Jersey can land you in Municipal Court with expensive fines and further suspension of your license. Many people don't even know their license is suspended until they are pulled over for a minor traffic violation and informed by police of the suspension. Under state law, the punishment for this offense is the same, even if you weren't aware your license wasn't valid. For this reason, it is important to contact a defense attorney if accused of this offense.

Reasons for License Suspension in NJ

There are several reasons a New Jersey driver's license can be suspended. Below are the most common causes of suspension.

  • Done as part of terms of service
  • Prior conviction of traffic violations
  • DUI/DWI conviction
  • A punitive action from the court when a traffic offense was believed to be committed willfully
  • Suspended by administration to encourage an individual to take action on something instead of applying a punitive punishment
  • Overdue motor vehicle surcharges
  • No valid car insurance
  • To trigger resolution of a traffic ticket

Penalties for Driving Without a License in NJ

If you are charged with driving while suspended in New Jersey, you could be facing severe punishments and hefty fines. The severity of your fines and further license suspensions is based on whether this is your first charge for this offense. First time offenders can expect a $500 fine and an extended suspension of up to 180 days. If the underlying cause of the license suspension was due to traffic offenses, a judge might choose not to impose all sanctions.

Drivers caught driving without a license for the second time can expect an increased fine of $750, 180 extended license suspension, and jail time of 1 to 5 days. Any subsequent charge of driving without a license comes with a $1,000 fine, 10 days in jail, and up to 6 month suspension of a New Jersey driver's license.

Driving While Suspended for DUI in NJ

If a driver's license was suspended because of a DUI/DWI conviction and the driver is charged with driving without a valid license, he or she can expect serious consequences. In New Jersey, these drivers will likely face an additional 1 to 2 year license's suspension, well over $1,000 in fines, and up to 90 days in jail. These punishments also extend to drivers who lost their license due to BAC test refusal and driving without car insurance.

Suspended License for Points

In New Jersey, your license can be suspended for acquiring more than 12 points. Points are assigned on a value system and dependent on the severity of the crime. For instance, minor violations are worth less points than major violations. Once the limit is reached, a driver's license is suspended. It's important to note that drivers do not accumulate points for receiving parking tickets.

If you are accused of driving under suspension, you may be facing the loss of your license and financial hardship due to expensive fines. To aid in your case, you need to enlist the help of a defense attorney immediately. Daniel E. Berger, ESQ., is available for immediate assistance day or night and has handled many cases of this nature.