New Jersey law harshly punishes people charged with driving while suspended under N.J.S.A. 39:3-40. There are no exceptions for driving while suspended, not even for work or school. For a driving while suspended conviction, a driver is subject to fines up to $500 for a first offense and an additional 6 months of license suspension. Second-time offenders will face a fine of $750, jail time up to 5 days, and additional license suspension up to 6 months. Third-time offenders face a $1,000 fine, up to 10 days in jail, and 6 additional months of license suspension. If someone is caught driving while suspended and their suspension came as a result of a DWI conviction, these penalties will be even more severe.
N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 enumerates a tiered approach to penalties associated with driving under the influence with penalties increasing in severity according to the driver's blood alcohol concentration at the time of the arrest and if the driver is a prior DWI offender. The penalties for a first-time DWI in New Jersey can include fines up to $500 and license suspension for up to a year. Punishment for this offense can also include up to 30 days in jail. That duration can extend to 90 days for a second offense, along with fines up to $1,000 and license suspension for as long as two years. Additional penalties include up to 48 hours at an intoxicated driver resource center, insurance surcharges, DUI enforcement surcharges, and installation of an ignition interlock device in the offender's car. These penalties will be increased if the driver was apprehended in a school zone.