Have you been ticketed in New Jersey for driving on a suspended license? Is it currently suspended due to a DUI (drunk driving) conviction? If you have, then you could be in serious trouble! The penalties for driving on a suspended license are enhanced where there is an active DUI suspension.

How Are the Penalties Worse?

These enhancements get much worse with repeat convictions on a first-offense DUI suspension or ANY conviction on a suspension for a second or subsequent DUI conviction. Here is what you face:

  • 180 days in county jail to 18 months in state prison
  • A fine of up to $10,000
  • 1-2 year suspension of your driver’s license (tacked on to the end of your current DWI suspension)

In effect, this offense is considered a fourth-degree crime (the lowest tier of what New Jersey considers felonies). Traffic court judges and prosecutors review these cases to determine if a fourth-degree charge would apply.

However, if it does, you have a right to a jury trial on the charge. But the important thing to bear in mind is that you face a possible felony conviction just for driving on that suspended license!

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