Have you been charged with driving on a suspended license in New Jersey? While the consequences of conviction can be serious – including hefty fines and even imprisonment – it is essential to understand that you are innocent until proven guilty. Don’t simply accept the punishment or try to fight the charges yourself. Instead, turn to a driving while suspended lawyer in New Jersey for help. They can protect your rights, seek to have the charges reduced or dropped, and even fight them in court if necessary.
The Law Office of Steven Ellman is ready to be the advocate you need during this difficult time. For over 35 years, lead attorney Steven Ellman has been protecting New Jersey individuals charged with serious traffic violations, and his successes on their behalf have won him the respect of his clients and fellow attorneys alike. Put his experience in your corner today. Contact the Law Office of Steven Ellman today for a free consultation with a proven driving while license suspended attorney.
Driving While License Suspended Laws in New Jersey
Driving in New Jersey is a privilege, not a right. However, it is such a fundamental privilege to modern life that a driver’s license suspension can have truly life-altering consequences.
Under state law, it is a crime to operate a motor vehicle if legal authorities have temporarily suspended your driver’s license. There are many different reasons they might do so, including if you:
- Accrue 12 or more points on your license under New Jersey’s points system
- Fail to appear in court
- Fail to pay parking tickets
- Forego state-mandated insurance or neglect to pay mandated insurance surcharges
- Get convicted of certain criminal or traffic offenses
Potential Penalties for Driving While Suspended
Section 39:3-40 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes sets the penalties for a conviction of driving with a suspended license.
Conviction of a first offense carries a $500 fine, while conviction of a second offense carries a $750 fine and mandatory imprisonment in county jail for one to five days. A third offense or subsequent conviction for driving with a suspended license results in mandatory imprisonment of up to 10 days and $1,000 in fines. In all cases, the duration of the suspension could be increased by six months.
Certain exacerbating conditions carry further penalties. For example, if the suspension was due to a DUI or refusal to submit to alcohol testing, the court could also revoke the registration on all passenger vehicles, motorcycles, and noncommercial trucks owned or leased by the defendant. And if the driver is involved in an accident that injures someone else, a conviction could result in 45 to 180 days in jail.
The Importance of Legal Representation
If you’re facing a charge of driving on a suspended license, you might feel tempted to handle your own defense, particularly if you’re concerned about the cost of engaging experienced legal counsel. However, this is a critical mistake.
Prosecutors will take advantage of your unfamiliarity with New Jersey law and the criminal justice system. The stakes of a conviction are high, and without a lawyer to protect you, you are at greater risk of a negative outcome.
At the Law Office of Steven Ellman, we offer free initial consultations, so there is no financial risk to learn about your rights, the charges against you, and how we can help.
Law Office of Steven Ellman: Why Choose Us?
Now you know why it’s important to seek help from a driving while suspended lawyer. But why should you choose the Law Office of Steven Ellman in particular? Here’s your answer:
- Experience – Steven Ellman has been defending clients from DUI, traffic, and criminal charges for more than 35 years. He’s seen a lot in his nearly four decades of service and can apply this experience to your unique case.
- Results – More than 80 percent of the cases Steven Ellman’s DUI/criminal cases have ended with the charges against his client being dismissed. This is the kind of track record you can count on when the stakes are high.
- Reputation – From clients to local media to national law associations, Steven Ellman is recognized for the high quality of service he provides.
- Personal service – When you work with Steven Ellman, you will never be handed off to another attorney. He will handle your case from start to finish, communicating with you at every stage.
- Statewide reach – Steven Ellman takes cases across New Jersey and is familiar with superior and municipal courts across the Garden State.
Our law firm offers free initial consultations, which means you can learn more about your options and what we do for you with no obligation.
Possible Defenses for Driving on a Suspended License
The defenses available to you partly depend on why your license was suspended. For example, if it was due to your failure to make court-ordered payments (such as for outstanding parking tickets, child support, or DMV surcharges), your attorney could help you discharge your obligations and then petition the court for reduced charges.
If a judge suspended your license for accrual of points, your attorney can review the previous facts to see if some of those points were unwarranted, in which case your license should not have been suspended in the first place.
Alternatively, if you had not been notified of the suspension, a lawyer can investigate whether the courts made appropriate efforts to alert you to that fact. In all circumstances, the overall goal is to get you on the path to having your driving privileges restored.
Avoiding Future Suspensions
While addressing the current legal challenge is vital, preventing future mishaps is equally important. Here are some guidelines for avoiding future driver’s license suspensions:
- Take proactive steps and follow the necessary procedures to restore a suspended license.
- Prioritize resolving any present legal challenges.
- Familiarize yourself with the New Jersey driving point system and its consequences.
- Commit to safe driving habits to keep your record violation-free.
- Seek advice on how best to maintain a clean driving record.
Call a New Jersey Driving While Suspended Lawyer
Have you been charged with driving while suspended in New Jersey? The consequences of a conviction could be severe, including hefty fines, a longer license suspension, revocation of vehicle registration, and even jail time. You need a driving while license suspended attorney to shield you from these potential consequences, fight to have the charges against you dropped or reduced, and defend you in court if necessary. Contact the Law Office of Steven Ellman today for a free consultation.