Driving While Suspended

Driving While Suspended

Picture this: You are driving your car when you get stopped for a minor traffic violation. You present your license, and are shocked to learn from the police officer that your license was suspended, or worse, revoked.

Driver’s licenses in New Jersey are suspended by the Motor Vehicle Commission under the following circumstances:

  • Suspension as part of the terms of a sentence.
  • Suspension as part of punitive action where the court believes that the underlying traffic offense was willfully committed.
  • Suspension on administrative basis as encouragement for an individual to take action instead of punitive action.
  • Suspension following motor vehicle surcharges that are past due.
  • Suspension for confirmation of the licensee’s vehicle’s liability insurance cover.
  • Suspension to trigger resolution of a vehicle ticket in a different state where the NJ licensee did not appear.
Driving While Suspended

Penalties for Driving on a Suspended License

There are severe penalties for driving on a suspended license, and if you have been charged, it is important to have the backing of a knowledgeable and experienced defense attorney to fight it.

Usually, first-time offenders get a fine of $500 with an additional suspension of up to 180 days. Where the underlying suspension was as a result of a parking ticket, the first-time offender stands a chance to avoid some of the sanctions that would otherwise be imposed.

For second-time offenders, driving with a suspended license incurs a $750 fine, further suspended time of up to 180 days and a jail-term of 1 – 5 days. Subsequent offenders are looking at $1,000 fines, a 10-day long jail term and additional suspension of up to six months.

Suspended License and DUI


You should note that a driver’s license suspension whose underlying cause is a serious violation like a DUI will attract severe sentences when charged. These enhanced sentences are applicable to New Jersey drivers whose licenses were suspended following convictions for breathalyzer test refusal, DUI/DWI convictions and/or conviction for driving without insurance coverage.

If any of the above applies to an accused person, they may be looking at a loss of their driver’s license for 1 – 2 years, fines well over $1,000 and a jail term as long as 90 days.

Penalties for Driving on a Suspended License

Driving Record Points

In the state of New Jersey, your license will be suspended if you accumulate 12 points or more on your driver’s license. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission adds points on your driving record for both major and minor traffic violations; major violations have higher points.

Moving violations and traffic tickets are assessed by the MVC, and the result can be a surcharge or suspension once the state limit is reached. Parking tickets, however, do not assign points on your driving record. The MVC has a value system dependent on the gravity of the offense.

Traffic Ticket Defense

If you have been accused of driving with a suspended license, or any other traffic violation, it is critical to enlist the services of experienced defense attorneys. At Zapicchi & Liller, we have an experienced and knowledgeable traffic violation defense team. We are available and happy to schedule a consultation to go over you case.