Every year, thousands of people are charged with driving on a suspended license. In most situations, this occurs during a routine traffic stop, when the officer learns the driver does not have a valid driver’s license. Depending on the reason your license was suspended, your New Jersey DUI attorney may have an extremely difficult case….or an easy case on his hands.
If you lost your license due to a DMV action, for example, you received too many points on your record, the DMV must prove they provided adequate and fair notice to you. Essentially, if you claim to have not known your license was suspended and they cannot provide reasonable proof that you should have known, your New Jersey DUI lawyer may be able to prove your innocence.
When you are found guilty of driving on a suspended license, you will face very severe consequences. A first time offense will result in a fine of $500. Every case of driving on a suspended license is followed by a yearly $250 surcharge payable to the DMV. The surcharge will last three years–meaning a first time conviction will cost a total of $1,250. A second time offense will result in $750 in fines and up to 5 days in jail. The third offense can by punished by 10 days in jail and $1000 in fines. If any injuries were caused by a driver who was operating without a license, the jail sentence will be a minimum of 45 days long.
If your license was suspended due to a DUI, your penalties will be more severe and your New Jersey DUI attorney will have a much harder time defending your actions. Because these suspensions occur in court, the DMV is not held to the same standard of providing adequate and fair notice about your suspension. You are expected to know your license is suspended when you are told in the sentencing. Additionally, your sentence will result in an extra $500 in fines and your license suspension will be extended to between one and two more years. You also may be sent to jail for 90 days. As you can see, this will require the help of an attorney who is accustomed to providing excellent drunk driving defense in New Jersey.
If you were caught driving without a license, whether you knew about the suspension or not, please speak with a skilled New Jersey DUI lawyer from The Matthew Reisig Law Firm.