If you are convicted of a DWI in New Jersey, your driver’s license is likely to get suspended. How long this suspension lasts can vary based on how many times you have been convicted. Fortunately, you can get your license back after the suspension period has ended. A Bergen County DWI attorney can help you figure out what you need to do.
How Long Can a Driver’s License Be Suspended After a DWI?
How long your license is actually suspended can vary based on how many times you have been charged with a DWI. Having a DWI on your record and being arrested for another DWI charge just compounds the punishment, adding more fines, potential jail time, and other penalties. As for the suspension of your license, here is what you can expect based on how many DWI convictions you have:
First offense: Your license is suspended until you install an ignition interlock device. You need to keep that device on for at least three months.
Second offense: Your license can be suspended for up to one or two years.
Third offense: After a third conviction you can lose your license for up to eight years.
We probably do not have to tell you how inconvenient it can be to go without your driver’s license for years. If your license has been suspended, you are probably wondering if New Jersey will give you some way to rectify your mistakes and get your driving privileges back.
How Can I Restore My Driver’s License?
You have to wait until your suspension period expires. Then you need to visit the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. A driver’s license will not just be automatically reinstated because the suspension period ended. There are also a few things that you need to remember to bring into the MVC when you restore your license. You should have:
- A copy of the original court charge
- The notice about your license suspension period coming to an end
- Payment receipts that show you have paid all associated fines
- Proof that an ignition interlock device has been installed
Then you will need to pay a restoration fee. After all of that, you now have driving privileges again.
What Can a DWI Lawyer Do For Me?
A DWI lawyer can help you:
- Defend yourself against DWI charges
- Get evidence thrown away
- Plead out to lesser charges
- Gather the paperwork needed to restore your license
Whether you have just been charged with a DWI or you are trying to turn your life around after a conviction, a lawyer from our firm is ready to help you.
Reach Out to Our DWI Defense Lawyers
If you want to learn more about what we can do for you, contact the Law Office of Attorney Conway and schedule an appointment. We can tell you more about how we can be of assistance when we meet in person.