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What can happen to my commercial driver's license (CDL) if I drive a commercial vehicle while my CDL is suspended or revoked in NJ?

Because of the nature of the vehicles being operated by a person with a CDL, certain charges are more serious in New Jersey than if it had been received while driving a non-commercial vehicle.  This is true of the consequences of driving a commercial vehicle while your CDL has been suspended.

For the first offense, you would face:

  • Suspension of your CDL for one to three years for a first offense, with a mandatory three years if you were transporting hazardous materials at the time or the vehicle was placarded for same.
  • Fines of up to $5,000
  • Court costs of $33 and a surcharge of $6
  • A jail term of up to 90 days in addition to, or instead of, the fines.
  • If your driving resulted in personal injury, the fine is $5,000, costs, and 90 days in jail.
  • If you were driving while your basic driving privileges were suspended, you would face the penalties for that as well.

For a second offense, everything is the same, except your CDL would be suspended for life, but you would be able to reapply for one after 10 years.

So What Do I Do If I Get a Ticket?

If you have a CDL and are pulled over in southern New Jersey for driving while suspended, please feel free to call me at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site to schedule an appointment for a free consultation in my Woodbury office. If you are out of state or out of the area, this can be done by phone

If you are just looking for more information on New Jersey's traffic laws, then download my free book, A Guide to Driving Legally in NJ, and Surviving Traffic Court If You Don't.

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Bankruptcy, Collections, Student Loan, DUI and Traffic Court attorney in Woodbury, NJ.