Is It Safe to Drive When Your Suspension Ends? Think Again!
When the state suspends your driver’s license, it’s bound to be one of the most disruptive events in your life. South Jersey is hardly known for its extensive public transportation system.
Why did it happen? A wide variety of issues could lead to license suspension in New Jersey, including:
- Receiving twelve (12) or more points on your driving record
- Being unable to provide proof of valid driver’s insurance during a traffic stop
- Failing to appear in court
- Failing to pay fines or surcharges
- Driving with a license that was already under suspension at the time
- Having certain physical or mental health disqualifications
- Unpaid Child Support or Alimony
- Abandoning your motor vehicle on a public highway
- Being assigned fault for a fatal traffic accident
Your head is swimming with questions when the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission revokes your license by simply sending you a letter in the mail. How will you get to work? Attend classes? Pick up your kids from school? Purchase groceries? Visit friends or loved ones?
As bad you may feel when it happens, having your driving suspension ultimately lifted will be an extremely happy occasion for you and everyone in your life that depends on you.
But not so fast! Just because your suspension is technically over does NOT mean that your driver’s license has been automatically restored…
Before getting behind the wheel, you will need to visit your local Motor Vehicle Commission headquarters or service center and pay a “restoration fee” of $100. Do not attempt to drive until you (1) restore your license and (2) receive a written notice of restoration via the regular mail or you obtain an restoration receipt in person.
Driving with an unrestored driver’s license in New Jersey, even after your suspension period is already over, could result in additional fines and even jail.
The stakes are clearly high if you are in danger of losing your driver’s license or it has already been suspended for one or more of the aforementioned reasons. You need experienced counsel to explain the process, and help you restore your driving privilege and protect your legal rights.
If you or someone you know is facing the suspension of their driving privileges in New Jersey, contact the municipal court defense lawyers at DeMichele & DeMichele today. You can also reach us by telephone (856) 546-1350.