If you have had your driver's license suspended or revoked in New Jersey, you have many concerns. First and foremost are the reasons for which the license was suspended and the penalties that may accompany that punishment. Depending on the reason for the suspension, there may be fines and in extreme cases, jail time that are part of the penalties.
When your driver's license has been suspended or revoked, that means it is illegal to drive in New Jersey under any circumstances. If you drive with a suspended or revoked driver's license, your problems can be made exponentially worse. The best option, rather than driving against the law, is to take steps to have the license reinstated so it is legal to drive again.
Why Would a Driver's License be Suspended or Revoked?
There are many justifications for the State of New Jersey to revoke or suspend a person's driving privileges. In the event that enough points for traffic violations accumulate on one's license, the license will be automatically suspended. Commit such acts as a DWI (N.J.S.A. 39:4-50) or reckless driving (N.J.S.A. 39:4-96), and you can be assured that your driver's license will be suspended for a period of time. If surcharges are not paid, your license can also be suspended. Even other legal issues, such as the nonpayment of child support (NJ Court Rule 5:7-5) or the failure to appear (NJ Court Rule 7:8-9) at a mandated court appearance, can lead to driver's license suspension. In many instances, a person may not be aware that his or her license was suspended at all.
Legal issues can be made more pronounced if the license has been suspended or revoked and the individual is caught driving. Substantial fines and even jail time are possible for this crime.
Dealing with License Suspension in NJ
When surcharges and fines are left unpaid, they don't just go away. In fact, the longer they're outstanding, the more penalties are placed on top of the original fine which can result in vast amounts of money needing to be paid in order to regain one's driver's license. To take care of this problem, it is necessary to speak to the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles to possibly negotiate the fines down to something manageable or arrange a payment plan to regain one's driver's license.
In the event of an unresolved court case, the license suspension is an effort to induce the individual to come to court. Much like fines, the court case doesn't disappear when you avoid attending court on a date you are scheduled to. There may be an arrest warrant issued and, until the warrant is lifted, the license will remain suspended. Once the case is resolved, then steps can be taken to remove the suspension of the driver's license.
Contact an Attorney to Have Your Driving Privileges Restored
It can be intimidating and frightening to address all the issues that led to a driver's license revocation or suspension, but in reality, the system is not that complicated if you have a qualified and experienced attorney. While the easy thing to do is to avoid going through the process of clearing one's record to be able to drive legally again, it's worth it when understanding what can happen if you continue to drive without a license.
The attorneys at Villani & DeLuca are well-versed in New Jersey driving laws and can assist you in taking all the proper steps to have your driver's license reinstated. Whether the suspension was due to traffic violations such as a DWI, reckless driving, an overabundance of unpaid fines, or due to different legal issues, Villani & DeLuca lawyers can assist you in clearing your record to get your license back.
Have you been faced with the revocation or suspension of driving privileges in Monmouth County or Ocean County? If you are from Toms River, Belmar or anywhere in between and are dealing with a driver's license issue in which the privileges need to be restored, contact Villani & DeLuca to discuss your case. It's the first step to getting your driver's license restored in New Jersey.