Admittedly, it’s not something you want to hear. You already know that you shouldn’t be driving with a suspended license. However, you had no idea it could land you in jail. The possibility could become your reality.
When you first lost your license, you did the right thing. You caught the bus on the corner to get to work. Sometimes waiting for the bus to show up at your stop proved fruitless. In fact, you once called NJ Transit to complain when the driver bypassed your stop.
After a while, your issues with transportation proved problematic. When you received a couple of late warnings from your supervisor, you decided you couldn’t risk losing your job. Without a regular income, you had no way of coming up with $1,000 for each of the next three years for insurance surcharges.
You’re still upset that you lost your license in the first place. However, as you understand it, the judge let you off with the minimal suspension requirement for a drunk driving conviction. It’s still too long as far as you’re concerned.
The great philosophers all speak about the importance of patience. As it relates to your own restraint, it no longer mattered. You’re certain your boss will no longer tolerate your habitual tardiness.
It’s daylight when you decide to take the family car to work. You figure you’ll drive carefully, and no one will realize that you’re driving without a license. For the next few days, you forgo the bus for the car. And, you almost get away with your failure to comply with the law.
At the end of your shift, your buddies ask you to join them at the local bar. You’re too embarrassed to admit you shouldn’t be driving at all. Your nightmare begins as you leave to go home, and you suddenly see and hear lights and sirens behind you.
The officer explains that he pulled you over because you coasted through a stop sign. You stammer as you’re asked for your credentials. Apparently, you smell of alcohol. You don’t feel drunk, but you’ve been here before.
The Law and Driving While Suspended
New Jersey law takes driving while suspended quite seriously. In fact, there are enhanced penalties if the court suspended your license for drunk driving or a breathalyzer refusal. You won’t just face additional fines or a more extended suspension period.
NJSA 39:3-40 provides some insight into what could happen if you’re caught driving while your license is suspended or revoked. Multiple offenses come with stricter penalties. At a minimum, a second offense can mean up to five days in county jail.
However, it becomes worse when the suspension came as a result of drunk driving. What was a motor vehicle offense, now becomes a criminal charge. According to NJSA 2C:40-26, you could be convicted of a crime of the fourth degree. If you lost your license for DWI and drove while suspended on more than one occasion, you face imprisonment for a minimum of 180 days.
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23:41 05 Jul 19
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01:44 28 Jun 19
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10:54 20 May 19
Mr. Matrafajlo and his staff are both professional and kind. He went to court 5 times over 6+months fighting a traffic ticket that would of suspended my license and caused me thousands in fine and surcharges. It was dismissed with zero owed to the courts after proving DMV administrative discrepancies. Thank you so much for all your helpRenee
14:07 11 May 19
Mr. Matrafajlo and his staff are both professional and kind. He went to court 5 times over 6+months fighting a traffic ticket that would of suspended my...
First of all, I admired Dan for his understanding by putting himself on his clients shoes and fight for their best interest (outcome). For me, the definition of a great lawyer are those who "deliver" and he does.
16:22 03 Apr 19
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23:24 01 Mar 19
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20:43 18 Jan 19
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18:29 07 Nov 18
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23:13 16 Sep 18
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22:51 08 May 18
Dan Matrafajlo was fantastic. From the moment I hired him he handled everything from scheduling my court date to representing me with my traffic ticket. Literally, all I had to do was show up to court. He put me at ease throughout the whole process and had my fine reduced dramatically!! I highly recommend him.
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02:40 26 Apr 18
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20:57 25 Mar 18
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05:42 26 Jul 17
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20:05 23 Jul 17
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08:12 20 Jul 17
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01:46 12 Jul 17
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Mr. Matrafajlo has represented me in a civil case where I was struck and injured by another vehicle.His professionalism and hard work truly made my experience seamless. There will be unpredictable measures that life throws at you, it always helps to have someone you trust by your side.I highly recommend Mr. Matrafajlo or anyone in this law firm to represent them if need be.-Zack
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14:44 31 Mar 15
I starting using Dan after a VERY bad experience with a previous attorney who took advantage of our family. Dan is a great lawyer and very competent. While he specializes in personal injury, he and his office staff proved themselves on multiple occasions to be more then competent in other areas of the law. He's quick to respond and always makes us feel like our case is his top priority. I have since referred him to multiple people and their experience has been a positive one as well. His rates are reasonable and he has no desire to drag things out, file extension after extension etc. and rack up my bill as our previous attorney did. We highly recommend Dan Matrafajilo Esq., as does everyone I know who have used his services before.
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