If convicted of a DUI or DWI in New Jersey, a person's driver's license will be suspended for at least two years. The state does not allow for hardship or work permit privileges, so someone convicted of a DUI/DWI is not permitted to drive for any reason while suspended. The consequences for driving while suspended for DWI are severe and outlined below. It is important to remember that special circumstances can apply to these charges that can make the penalties described below even harsher.
If a driver's license was suspended as a result of a DUI or DWI conviction, a judge can increase the maximum fine an additional $500 and extend the length of the license suspension. Usually, the extension will be at least one more year and can be up to two. Mandatory incarceration in the county jail is also required. A jail sentence can extend from 10 to 90 days, and the operator's motor vehicle registration privileges will also be suspended. The suspension of motor vehicle registration privileges means the driver will not be able to register a vehicle in their name throughout the duration of the suspension.
Additional penalties and Imprisonment
Additionally, penalties for driving under suspension for DWI in special circumstances include the original sentence plus an additional license suspension. Usually, the additional suspension is 1 to 2 years. Imprisonment for this crime can vary from 60 to 90 days. If it is the driver's second offense, the imprisonment could be extended to 120 to 150 days. Subsequent offenses will have an increase of $500 fine and a longer imprisonment of 180 days.