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What’s the difference between a
Suspended vs. Revoked License in NJ?

What’s the difference between having your driver’s license suspended and having it revoked in New Jersey?

If your driver’s license is suspended, you are not allowed to drive for a given amount of time. However, if you pay all fines and surcharges you will be able to get your driver’s license back at a later date.

If your driver’s license is revoked, your driving privileges are effectively cancelled.

You will have to pass an investigation if you are to get a new driver’s license after you’ve been revoked. 

Why would my license get suspended?

Drivers in New Jersey are on a point system.

Every conviction of a moving violation will result in points on your license.

If you accumulate at least 12 points, your license will be suspended.

Being found guilty of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol will also result in a suspension of your driver’s license.

The length of a suspension for a DUI will depend on the circumstances of your case.

For example:

What was your BAC level?

Were you driving with an open container?

Were you found in possession of illegal drugs?

What will happen to me if I am caught driving on a suspended or revoked license in New Jersey?

  • If it is your first time being caught for driving on a suspended or revoked license, you could be fined $500.
  • A second offense may carry a $750 fine as well as a jail sentence of 1-5 days.
  • A third offense may result in a $1,000 fine and a 10-day jail sentence.
  • Your sentence will likely depend on the reason why your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked.
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license which leads to an accident that injures another person may result in a sentence of 45 to 180 days in jail.
  • If your driver’s license was suspended or revoked because you drove while intoxicated, your sentence may be 10 to 90 days in jail.
  • If your driver’s license was suspended or revoked because of an insurance-related violation, you can expect a sentence of up to 90 days in jail.  

Do I need a lawyer if my driver’s license is suspended or revoked?

A driver’s license is a privilege that many people take for granted.

However, once it’s taken away you get a stern reminder of how difficult it is to get around.

Taking public transportation quickly wears on you.

The professional and/or personal consequences of losing your driver’s license are nothing to take lightly.

You should be just as serious about being represented by a firm that has the experience and expertise to ensure that your daily routine doesn’t get any more complicated than necessary.

Call us today for a FREE consultation. 

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