If you are convicted in your pending New Jersey DWI / DUI matter, and you are a Connecticut licensed driver, as a first offender, Connecticut will suspend your CT driving privileges separately for one year, notwithstanding any suspension you received in New Jersey. You may be eligible for a work license in Connecticut. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission in Trenton will forward notice of the conviction to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. In about 30-90 days, you will receive a suspension notice from DOT, stating that your CT driving privileges will be suspended as a result of the NJ conviction.
Even though you are not a New Jersey license driver, you will still receive a New Jersey state surcharge of $3,000.00 for first and second offenders and $4,500.00 for third or greater offenders. These surcharges are separate from any surcharges that your Connecticut insurance company may charge you.
A refusal conviction for an out of state driver in New Jersey will not result in any MVC surcharges.
A refusal conviction from New Jersey will not be accepted by Connecticut, and your private passenger license for automobiles will not be suspended in CT as a result of a refusal conviction from New Jersey.
CDL drivers have other special concerns. Even if the DWI / DUI was not committed Separate from any action that Connecticut will take on your private passenger license, any conviction for DWI / DUI or Refusal will result in a one year suspension of your commercial driver’s license for a first offense, and a lifetime suspension for a second CDL DWI / DUI conviction.
In addition to whatever action Connecticut may take on your CT license, you should be aware of other consequences of a DWI / DUI conviction.