KNOWLEDGEABLE Defense Lawyer for Suspended New Jersey Drivers
In New Jersey, private vehicles are an essential part of our lives. Even in those municipalities with reasonably good public transportation there is still a spirit of individuality and freedom associated with driving a car. The loss of that privilege leaves the driver feeling confined, boxed in and unable to go about daily life.
Quite often clients visit my office, having been ticketed as a suspended driver with no knowledge of why their license was suspended. I help clients take the steps necessary to address the problems that led to the suspension and then handle the suspension itself.
As an experienced suspended license attorney, i generally schedule all outstanding summonses in a given municipality for a single hearing and negotiate a plea agreement that results in many of the older tickets being dismissed with the imposition a monetary sanction for contempt or delay of court. When traffic tickets are resolved without an admission or a finding of guilt, there are no points and/or judicial suspensions and the resolution is not reflected on your permanent driving record. Additionally, once the problems that led to the suspension are resolved, the recent summons for being a suspended driver can often be downgraded to a lesser charge.
If you have recently been ticketed as a suspended driver, contact Attorney Gwendolyn O. Austin at (973) 735-2706 or on line to schedule a free, confidential consultation. She will work with you to resolve the problems that led to your license suspension and use her best efforts to obtain a favorable resolution of your recent summons.
Learn more about license suspensions:
NJMVC can administratively suspend your driving privileges as a consequence of the following infractions:
- you accumulate too many motor vehicle points on your record within a prescribed period of time
- your liability insurance provider informed the agency that your insurance policy has been cancelled
- you fail to pay your surcharges when due
- you fail to pay your court fines and/or fail to appear in court as scheduled
- you fail to pay your child support obligations
Should you continue to operate a motor vehicle in New Jersey after having been suspended for any of the above violations or infractions, you will be charged with a violation of N.J.S.A. 39:3-40, which states in relevant part “No person to whom a driver’s license has been refused or whose driver’s license or reciprocity privilege has been suspended or revoked, or who has been prohibited from obtaining a driver’s license, shall personally operate a motor vehicle during the period of refusal, suspension, or prohibition.”
In New Jersey your license can be suspended by the Municipal Court Judge after conviction for the following N.J.S.A. violations:
N.J.S.A.39:3-10.13 | Driving commercial vehicle while under suspension or prohibition of commercial driver’s license – which makes it against the law to operate a commercial motor vehicle in NJ with an alcohol concentration of 0.04% or more, or while under the influence of a controlled substance.
N.J.S.A.39:3-12 | Illegal securing of driver’s license – which makes it against the law to anyone to take or hire someone to take a driver’s license examination in the name of or in place of another person.
N.J.S.A. 39:3-34 | Applying for license while under suspension or prohibition of driving privileges – which makes it against the law to apply for a registration or license or learner’s permit while suspended.
N.J.S.A.39:3-37 | Misstatement of fact when applying for license – which makes it against the law to give a fictitious name or address when registering a vehicle.
N.J.S.A.39:3-40 | Driving while license is suspended – which makes it against the law to personally operate a motor vehicle during the period of time when the driver’s license or reciprocity privilege has been suspended or revoked or the driver has been prohibited from obtaining a license.
N.J.S.A.39:4-50 | Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – DUI/DWI law
N.J.S.A.39:4-50.4a | Refusal to submit to chemical tests – DUI/DWI law
N.J.S.A.39:4-129 | Leaving scene of accident – which requires the driver of any vehicle knowingly involved in an accident to immediately stop the vehicle at the scene or close to the scene; provide identifying information and/or law enforcement and proactively assure medical service is summoned if needed.
N.J.S.A.39:6B-2| Failure to carry liability insurance – which requires the owner or registrant of a motor vehicle registered or principally garaged in NJ to maintain motor vehicle liability insurance.
If you are charged with a violation of N.J.S.A. 39:3-40 you should immediately consult an attorney with years of experience aggressively defending clients to attain the best possible outcome. Gwendolyn O, Austin, Esq. has represented thousands of clients in the New Jersey Municipal Court charged with this offense. In many cases she has used her knowledge of New Jersey traffic law to assist clients in correcting the problems that triggered the suspension so that their driving privileges can be restored prior to going to court – in which case the original violation can be charge can be downgraded to a lesser offense.
Contact Gwendolyn O. Austin Esq. at (973) 735-2706 or on line for a free, confidential consultation and reasonable rates.