What Should I Do If My License Is Suspended?
A driver’s license is a privilege, not a right in New Jersey. This right to operate a motor vehicle can be taken away under certain circumstances. If you have lost your right to drive, it is important that you know what to do because the slightest wrong move can result in a permanent revocation of your driver’s license.
The Most Common Types of Driver’s License Suspension
There are many reasons why your New Jersey license may get suspended. Below are the most common types of suspensions that you can get in New Jersey:
- Suspension for driving-related violations. If you get too many traffic violations and points, then your license could get suspended by the Municipal Court judge or by the MVC. In the latter situation, you will receive a notice in the mail from the MVC informing you that your driver’s license will be suspended. The notice will explain the reason for the suspension and what steps you can take to avoid a suspension.
- Suspension for failure to appear in court. Your license can also get suspended for failing to appear in Municipal Court for any reason.
- Suspension for unpaid parking tickets. If you have unpaid parking tickets, the Municipal Court wherein the ticket was issued can order the suspension of your license.
- Suspension for failure to pay a court ordered penalty. You can also lose your driving privileges if you fail to pay any court ordered fines.
- Suspension for failure to have insurance. A court can order the suspension of your driver’s license if you are convicted of driving without insurance.
Steps To Take After a License Suspension
Whatever the reason for the suspension of you driver’s license may be, it is important that you take certain important steps to avoid a permanent revocation. Below are some important things you should consider:
- Pay the restoration fee
- If your driver’s license was not taken by the judge in court, surrender it at any Regional Service Center or mail it directly to the Motor Vehicle Commission
- Refrain from driving your vehicle until your license gets restored and you receive a written notice of restoration. If you continue driving on a suspended driver’s license, you can face up to five years in jail as well the permanent revocation of your driving privileges.
The bottom line is that you should take every measure possible to avoid losing your driver’s license in the first place. However, if you find yourself facing a license suspension, you should immediately consult with an experienced suspended license attorney.
Call a Suspended License Attorney in New Jersey
If you or someone you know has had their driving privileges suspended in New Jersey, an experienced attorney can help. For more information or to schedule a free consultation with New Jersey suspended driver’s license attorney Dan T. Matrafajlo, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.