Marlton Driving While Suspended Lawyer
Results-Focused Criminal Defense Lawyer Fights on Behalf of Clients Charged with Driving While Suspended in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout New Jersey
Many people rely on a personal vehicle to get to work, to school, or to the store. When your license is suspended for one reason or another, it can make going about your daily life incredibly difficult; it can also make it tempting to get behind the wheel even though your driving privileges have been suspended, thinking that there is no harm done so long as you don’t commit a traffic infraction or cause an accident. But driving without a valid license is illegal, no matter your level of driving skill or experience. If you are caught driving on a suspended license, depending on the circumstances at the time you are caught you could be facing serious penalties, including hefty fines, jail time, points on your license, and increases in your auto insurance rates.
Facing Charges For Driving While Suspended And Have Questions? I Can Help, Tell Me What Happened.
An experienced defense attorney can help you defend your rights and interests when facing a charge of driving while suspended. With more than two decades of legal experience in defense and prosecution, let me use my expertise to help you secure a favorable outcome in your matter. I can review your case to identify possible avenues for a legal defense strategy and aggressively challenge the state’s case to have your charge dismissed or to help reduce the potential consequences of a conviction, including avoiding hefty fines or jail time.
Contact my law office to schedule a free initial consultation to go over the details of your case with me and receive a detailed, honest assessment about the possible outcomes in your case and how I may be able to help you minimize the financial and legal consequences of a citation for driving while suspended.
Consequences of a Conviction for Driving While Suspended
Your driver’s license may have been suspended for any number of reasons, including accumulating too many points on your driving record, refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test or receiving a DUI/DWI conviction, failing to appear in court, or even failing to pay fines or other costs to the government. The penalties for a conviction for driving while suspended are largely based on the number of times you have been convicted of the offense, although the reasons for the suspension can also affect your sentence. Penalties for driving while suspended include:
- First offense: $500 in fines plus an additional six months on your suspension
- Second offense; $750 in fines, one to five days in jail, plus an additional six months added to your suspension
- Third and subsequent offense: $1,000 fine, up to 10 days in jail, plus six months added to your suspension
If your license was suspended due to a DUI/DWI conviction or failure to maintain active car insurance on your vehicle, you can receive a jail sentence of up to 90 days. If you are involved in an accident (regardless of who causes the accident) that results in injury to someone else, you may face a jail sentence of up to 180 days.
The Law Office of John B. Brennan Can Help You Minimize the Consequences of the Mistake of Driving While Suspended
Driving privileges not only give you the freedom to go where you want by car, but may also be critical to helping you get to work, take your children to school, or care for your family. That is why I fight hard to defend your interests when you are facing charges of driving while suspended so that you can restore your driving privileges as soon as possible. With my extensive legal experience, I can review the details of your case to identify possible effective legal strategies such as:
- You were not driving a vehicle (mistaken identity)
- You did not receive notice of your license suspension
- Your license was erroneously suspended
I can also argue in favor of not imposing serious consequences for your violation, such as if your infraction arose due to an honest mistake like forgetting to renew your driver’s license.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation to Discuss Your Legal Rights and Options
If you’ve been charged with driving on a suspended license, you need aggressive legal representation to help you protect your rights and interests and to give you the best opportunity at minimizing the consequences of a conviction beyond fines and additional suspension time. Contact me today to set up a free initial consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options and about how having an experienced defense lawyer in your corner can help you secure a favorable outcome in your case.
Frequently Asked Questions about Driving While Suspended in New Jersey
Usually no. Unless you have prior convictions for driving while suspended, or you drive on a suspended license and get into an accident that results in injury to someone (even if you weren’t the cause of the accident), you will almost certainly not have to go to jail and instead will be sentenced to pay a fine and court costs. However, with multiple infractions or serious circumstances surrounding your driving while suspended infraction, the court will be required to impose a minimum jail sentence ranging from 45 to 180 days; the court also has the discretion to impose a much longer jail sentence if it determines that the circumstances of your case warrant it.
Although you may have the financial resources to pay the fine for driving while suspended, you should also consider the other consequences of your conviction, including increased car insurance premiums once your driving privileges are reinstated and the imposition of points on your driving record, which will put you that much closer to yet another suspension of your driver’s license.