Driver's License Suspensions

Unlike many states, New Jersey doesn’t have a Department of Motor Vehicles administrative process for suspending an accused drunk driver’s license. It is the courts that order the license suspension. The length of the suspension depends on the facts of the case, including the driver’s number of prior DWI / DUI convictions, and in the case of a first offense, the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC).

It’s important to note that unlike many states, New Jersey does not allow restricted driver’s licenses that allow motorists convicted of DWI / DUI to travel to work and other essential destinations.

A driver convicted of a first-offense New Jersey DWI / DUI with a BAC of .08 percent to under 0.10 percent will lose his or her license for three months. A motorist convicted of drunk driving with a BAC of .10 percent or greater will lose his or her license for seven months to one year.

A second driving under the influence conviction within 10 years will result in a two-year driver’s license suspension. A third New Jersey DWI / DUI conviction within 10 years will have a significant impact on the motorist’s driving privileges – the driver’s license will be suspended for 10 years.

Because any New Jersey DWI / DUI conviction poses a serious threat to driving privileges, it’s critical to have a top defense lawyer protecting the driver’s rights. A New Jersey DWI attorney skilled in drunk driving defense will fight to protect an accused motorist’s driving privileges and seek to keep other negative consequences to a minimum.

Call Levow DWI Law, toll free, at 877-593-1717 to discuss any of these suspension issues, or anything else related to your NJ DWI / DUI arrest. You may also email us at

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