IT CAN BE A FELONY TO DRIVE ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE AFTER A DUI CONVICTION

Has your license been suspended because of a previous driving under the influence (DUI) offense? Before you get into the car to run that quick errand or commute to work, you might want to think twice. Repeat violators who drive with a suspended license are now facing lengthy jail sentences and can spend up to 18 months in jail for committing a fourth-degree felony.

If this is your first DUI suspension and your first time driving on a suspended license, the penalties for the first offense consist of 10 to 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, revocation of your vehicle registration, and suspension of your driver license for an additional one to two years.

However, as of 2011, it is now a fourth-degree felony to make repeat violations. That means if this is your first DUI suspension and you are caught a second time driving on a DUI-suspended license, you are facing a minimum of 180 days to 18 months in jail, up to a $10,000 fine, revocation of your vehicle registration, and an additional suspension period of your driver license. Additionally, it is also a fourth-degree offense if your driver license is suspended because you previously committed two or more DUI offenses and you are caught for the first time driving on a DUI-suspended license. The same penalties apply.

Driving on a suspended driver license was already a serious offense, and now even more serious penalties will ensue. If you have been charged with DUI or have questions about the implications of receiving a DUI conviction, an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney will help protect your rights.

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