Getting a drivers license is one of the most important days in our lives. Most of us remember the day we first got our license. This is the rite of passage most of us look forward to from the day we understood what a car was. So, if your driver’s license gets suspended, it can easily feel like the worst time of your life. You will no doubt have trouble getting to work and school, taking care of your daily needs and even taking your children to different activities. The bottom line is that the suspension of your driving privilege will impact all aspects of your life.
That being said, there are many reasons why a New Jersey judge may suspend your driver’s license. You should be on notice that both a criminal and municipal conviction can result in the suspension of your driving privileges or even it being revoked. The suspension period generally depends on the infraction.
Too Many Points
One of the most common reasons for a driver’s license suspension in New Jersey is too many points on a motorist’s DMV record. You can get a moving violation for many different reasons: speeding because you were late for work, running a red light, failing to stop at a stop sign, etc.
If you continue to rack up traffic tickets, you will very well accumulate 12 points. Under New Jersey state law, your driving privileges will be suspended if you have 12 or more points on your license.
Driving under the influence of alcohol, better known as drunk driving, will almost always result in the suspension of your driving privileges. The length of time for a drunk driving related license suspension typically depends on whether it is your first or subsequent DUI offense.
Driving With a Suspended License Is a “No No”
When you have lost your driving privileges and you have to depend on others for rides, it can be very tempting to simply take your keys and drive yourself to wherever it is you want to go. However, under New Jersey law, this is a big “no no.”
If your driver’s license was suspended and you decide to drive anyway, the judge has the discretion to further increase the suspension time limit. You may even get incarcerated. It is in your best interest to either depend on your friends and family or take public transportation or a taxi to your destination.
If you or someone you know has had their driver’s license revoked or suspended for whatever reason, be certain to consult with an attorney who specifically handles these types of cases. For more information or to schedule a free consultation with New Jersey driver’s license suspension attorney Dan Matrafajlo, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.