Unlicensed Driver

Unlicensed Driver

It is a traffic violation to drive on a public highway in New Jersey without a valid driver’s license or a validated permit, except where the driver is taking part in a driver’s training course and has the supervision of a licensed driver.

Under N.J.S.A 39:3-10, the statute applicable to unlicensed drivers in New Jersey, driving without a license outside the provisions built in the article can earn a person hefty fines and/or a jail sentence as high as 60 days.

Unlicensed Driver

Driving Without a License Charge

If you have been served with traffic summons, a ticket or a criminal charge relating to driving without a license, or any other kind of traffic infraction, do not hesitate to contact your traffic violations defense attorneys at Zapicchi & Liller.

With thousands of traffic-related cases spread over more than 20 years collective experience, we offer you a great chance of dismissing the case, or getting a reduced penalty which will not severely affect your life.

We study your cases as early as possible to maximize your chances of a successful defense. Do not make any statements or talk to anyone before you have met with an attorney.

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Penalty for Driving Without a License

Persons who violate N.J.S.A 39:3-10 are looking at the following penalties and fines under the statute:

  • Up to 60 days mandatory jail time
  • A fine of up to $500
  • An annual surcharge of $100 for three years

The above mentioned penalties are applicable to individuals who are currently unlicensed, but possessed one at some point in the past i.e. those who had their license revoked for any reason.

If the driver has never had a license (that is, juvenile drivers), the penalties include a fine of no less than $200 as well as an injunction preventing them from applying for a driver’s license for up to 6 months (180 days) from their due date of eligibility.

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Notice that the penalties provided for violations of section 39:3-10 are dependent on whether the accused person previously had a license before the time of offense, or had never had a license at all.

Usually, the former occurs if a person has relocated from another state to New Jersey, and has yet to obtain a valid New Jersey license because there is an obstruction with their driver’s license from the state they were residing in.

In this case, a possible line of defense for the charge/ticket might prove that the impediment in their previous state was mistaken, and that the accused person did not have any reason to know such a problem existed.

In addition, where the individual has never had a license before, a line of defense may be to state that the unlicensed driver was at the time participating in a behind-the-wheel driving course and was under the appropriate supervision at the time of the violation.

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Even minor traffic violations can be a cause for stress and have a negative impact on your future life. Contact your able attorneys at Zapicchi & Liller to ensure you have a chance at a successful resolution.

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