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How long will I have a suspended license if I am convicted for DUI?
The following only takes into account the traffic charge for DUI, depending on your circumstances you could also be facing a number of criminal charges, like drug possession, which could make the consequences harsher. The common consequences for an “ordinary” DUI are:
- First offense – Most of the time that first time offenders are given a license suspension for punishment as a result of a DUI, the suspension can range anywhere from three months to as much as 12 months in exceptional circumstances.
- A second offense – will cost you a two year loss of license.
- A third offense you will lose your license for 10 years!
If I get a DUI in another state can they suspend my license?
If you have a New Jersey driver’s license and were to get a DUI in a state other than New Jersey, the other state can and cannot suspend your license. Let me explain; let’s say you were pulled over in Pennsylvania for driving erratically. The officer does arrest you and you blow a .12% Blood Alcohol. That is .04% higher than the legal limit, so you will be arrested and charged with a DUI.If you are convicted of a DUI Pennsylvania will suspend your license. This means that you are no longer allowed to drive in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania can’t suspend your ability to drive in New Jersey. However, if the State that suspends you and your home state are both part of the interstate compact act, then your home state will also suspend you.
So although Pennsylvania can only suspend your ability to drive in Pennsylvania, the fact is that New Jersey will also suspend your license.
This can come up with old traffic violations. I had a client who lived in Ohio for over 20 years. He then moved to Florida and went to DMV to get his Florida license. Florida wouldn’t issue his license because of a violation in New Jersey from over 20 years ago. Ohio didn’t suspend his license due to his New Jersey suspension, but Florida did.
If you get a violation out of New Jersey check to see how New Jersey will treat your conviction.
If I have a license in another state, do I lose my driving privileges in my home state also?
Most likely. Forty-eight state are part of either the Driver’s License Compact or the Non-Resident Violator Compact. These programs allow New Jersey’s DMV to send information regarding any New Jersey convictions to your DMV. States differ as to how they will treat an out of state violation in their state.
If my driving privileges are suspended or revoked at the time of my DUI, how is the additional period of suspension calculated?
Any additional suspension will be added onto your current suspension. For example, If you had lost your license for seven months and then received DUI with a three month suspension your total suspension would become ten months.