In New Jersey, drivers know that state laws governing drunk driving dictate loss of driving priviledges. Further, if you rack up enough points from moving violations – excessive speeding, careless driving and using your cell phone while driving, for example – you will get your license suspended.
Did you know you can also have your license taken away from an NJ judge for non-driving violations? Here are some common reasons your license may be suspended in New Jersey – even though your crime had absolutely nothing to do with getting from here to there.
1. If you receive a summons to appear in court for any reason and fail to do so, without notifying the court and requesting and being granted a postponement, your driver’s license may be suspended. Similarly, if you are cited for something by the Motor Vehicle Commission and opt to ignore the notice, you may not be driving any time soon.
2. Do you collect traffic tickets and “forget” to pay them? That doesn’t work so well with New Jersey municipal court judges. If you fail to pay tickets, whether it’s the original fine or any surcharges, including late fees, you may find yourself without a license.
3. This one surprises many people but New Jersey has found a way to stop “Dead Beat Dad (or Mom)” behavior in its tracks. If you don’t pay court-ordered child support, you may not be doing too much else either. Your license may very well be suspended until you get in good standing with the family court.
If your driver’s license gets suspended – for whatever reason – in New Jersey, it’s important that you take the matter extremely seriously. First off, do not drive with a suspended license. You will likely face a lengthened suspension and fines. If you do it multiple times, you may face revocation of your driving privileges and even jail time.
A skilled and experienced lawyer may be able to argue that there were circumstances beyond your control for not responding to a court appearance ticket, for example. Perhaps you lost your job and you are doing your best to make ends meet and that put you behind on child support.
Call an experienced lawyer who knows the ins and outs of motor vehicle traffic laws in New Jersey. These laws are complicated and an attorney who is focused on this area of the law may be able to get your charges downgraded, so you don’t lose your license to suspension. Contact John W. Tumelty for a free consultation about your suspended license today.