Avoided Jail for driving on Suspended License because of DUI

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If you are convicted of a DUI (N.J.S. 39:4-50) your license will be suspended for a period of three months to as much as 10 years, depending on the violation and any prior convictions.  So what happens if during that suspension period you are pulled over and charged with driving with a suspended license in violation of N.J.S. 39:3-40?  This subject’s you to enhanced penalties, a conviction will result in:

  • 10 to 90 days jail
  • 1000 – 1500 fine
  • 1-2 years additional loss of license

You can also be subject to an indictable charge (N.J.S. 2C:40-26)

Driving with a suspened license because of a DUI since August 2011 can result in a fourth degree offense if you have been convicted of :

  1. Two DUI’s (N.J.S. 39:4-50) and a suspended license (N.J.S. 39:3-40); or
  2. A single DUI (N.J.S. 39:4-50) but two suspended license charges (N.J.S. 39:3-40).

The penalties can be severe.  You can be subject to a $10,000 fine and minimum six months in jail and maximum 18 months!  This is very serious.

Vidal could have face an indictable charge

This was Vidal’s problem.  He believes he was convicted of two DUI’s in violation of N.J.S. 39:4-50.  His license was suspended for two years.  During that two year period he was charged with driving with a suspended license in Howell Municipal Court.  He was scared.  If he was convicted not only would he have immigration consequences but he had a real risk of being deported.

He hired Andres Mejer Law

We specializes in helping immigrants overcome immigration challenges.  We ordered and reviewed the discovery.  The State could show that he was only convicted of a single DUI.  The maximum suspension would have one year and that year had already passed.  Despite not being able to get a N.J. license, undocumented immigrants can’t get a N.J. license, we argued that he shouldn’t be subject to mandatory penalties.

We didn’t represent him in his prior DUI.  If we had, we likely would have avoided the need to install an interlock ignition device on a vehicle he owns or has access to.  Well, as undocumented individual Vidal can’t own and register a vehicle and neither can anyone in his household.  That means that his license isn’t “restorable” until he satisfies that requirement.  We usually avoid that consequence, if we don’t beat the DUI outright.  Clearly, the attorney he hired before didn’t do that good a job.

Andres Mejer Law achieved Great Results

In Howell, not only did he avoid jail time.  His charge for driving with a suspended license was amended to driving without a N.J. license. There was no jail time for him.  His fine was less than the bail he paid.  Vidal was convinced he was going to jail.  He was ecstatic with these results.

So What Do I Do?

If you are facing serious immigration or legal consequences in municipal court in Monmouth or Ocean County, don’t despair.  You can

  1. Download our free traffic ticket book  “Why Pleading Guilty to your New Jersey Traffic Ticket is NOT an option by clicking on the title,”
  2. Download our DUI book, “Arrested for Drunk Driving?  Learn How to Beat the Odds,”
  3. On the menu on the right you will find our immigration books including a tool to help you figure out if you qualify for legal status,
  4. You contact me through this site or the chat feature; or
  5. You can call our knowledgeable staff at 888-695-6169.
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