Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License in New Jersey

Criminal charges for operating a vehicle during a license suspension or revocation.

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The State of New Jersey can suspend or revoke your license for many reasons. The state takes suspensions and revocations seriously and may fine you, sentence you to jail, and suspend or revoke your license for an additional period of time if you drive after having lost your driving privileges.

Here are some of the more common reasons drivers might face suspension or revocation and the penalties that can result from being convicted of driving on a suspended or revoked license in New Jersey.

What Does It Mean to Have Your License Suspended or Revoked?

When your license is suspended or revoked, it generally means that the state has taken away your driving privileges. In other words, while the suspension or revocation is in place, you can't lawfully drive.

General Differences Between Suspension and Revocation

In many states, "revocation" and "suspension" are used synonymously, they mean the same thing. However, some states use the term "suspension" to mean a temporary loss of privileges and "revocation" to mean the permanent loss of privileges. But even in states where revocation is permanent, the driver can typically apply for reinstatement after a certain period of time.

Difference Between Suspensions and Revocations in New Jersey

In New Jersey, the terms revocation and suspension are basically used interchangeably.

What Are the Reasons for License Suspension or Revocation in New Jersey?

Some of the most common ways New Jersey drivers might face license suspension or revocation include:

  • accumulating too many traffic violation demerit points
  • being convicted of speeding more than 20 miles per hour over the limit or reckless driving where someone is killed or seriously injured
  • driving while intoxicated, and
  • certain drug-related convictions

However, there are many other reasons, including alcohol-related offenses, that your license may be suspended.

What Are the Penalties for Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License in New Jersey?

The penalties you'll face for driving on a suspended or revoked license depend on the circumstances, including whether you have prior offenses and the reason for the original suspension or revocation.

Standard Driving While Suspended or Revoked Offenses

If you are charged with driving while your license is suspended or revoked, you could be fined or in some cases sentenced to jail. In general:

  • for a first offense, you have to pay a fine of $500
  • for a second offense, you have to pay a fine of $750 and serve a jail sentence of one to five days, and
  • for a third offense, you'll be fined $1,000 and given a jail sentence of 10 days.

Depending on the situation, the conviction might also result in the revocation of vehicle registration and up to an additional six months of suspension or revocation.

Driving During a DWI Suspension or Revocation

If your license was suspended or revoked due to driving while intoxicated and you're caught driving during the suspension or revocation, you'll face ten to 90 days in jail.

Driving During Insurance-Related Suspension or Revocation

If your license was suspended or revoked due to an insurance violation and you're caught driving during the suspension or revocation, you can be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail.

Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License and Causing Injuries

In cases where a motorist is caught driving on a suspended or revoked license and causes injuries to another person, the jail term will be 45 to 180 days.

Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License and Causing Serious Injuries

Causing serious injuries to another person while driving on a suspended or revoked license is a crime of the fourth degree. In addition to the penalties provided above, the driver faces up to 18 months in prison, a maximum of $10,000 in fines, and a one-year suspension.

Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License and Causing a Death

Causing the death of another person while driving on a suspended or revoked license is a crime of the third degree. In addition to the penalties listed above, a conviction carries three to five years in prison, a maximum of $15,000 in fines, and a one-year suspension.

How do You Reinstate a Revoked or Suspended License in New Jersey?

The length of time your license is suspended or revoked varies depending on the circumstances. After your period of suspension or revocation expires, you generally have to pay a reinstatement fee and might have to meet other conditions before you'll be able to lawfully drive again. The reinstatement fee is typically $100.

Legal Help for Charges of Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License in New Jersey

Because driving on a suspended or revoked license comes with serious consequences, it's a good idea to consult with an attorney if you've been arrested for one of these offenses. A qualified attorney can tell you how the law applies to your case and advise you on how best to handle your situation.

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