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Penalties for Driving While Suspended in NJ

Driving on a suspended license can become a very serious problem, especially if you do it more than once.  Convictions for this offense never go off your driving record, and the penalties for each one are increasingly severe:

  • First Offense: $500 fine
  • Second Offense: $750 fine and 0-5 days in jail
  • Third or Subsequent Offense: $1,000 fine and 10 days in jail!

Each offense also carries a potential additional license suspension of up to 180 days and a $250/year surcharge for three years.  If you are driving on a license suspended due to a DWI conviction, it is even worse!

What Do I Do?

The good news is that most people can resolve these tickets relatively painlessly.  Most of the cases I deal with are people that received the ticket because:

  • They never paid the fee to have their license restored after a period of suspension
  • Their license was suspended by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission for failure to pay fines or surcharges, appear in court on another unrelated ticket, or reinstate an insurance policy.
  • They didn’t know it had been suspended

In those circumstances where a driver’s license is “restorable,” the traffic courts on the whole will agree to downgrade the ticket to Failure to Produce a Driver’s License upon demand or out-and-out dismiss it, if the license is restored.

If you have received a ticket for driving while suspended while driving through southern New Jersey, please call my office at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site to schedule a consultation to discuss your options.