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Before you consider driving on the suspended list, be prepared. If your license was suspended for driving while intoxicated (“DWI”), be ready for the inevitable. Quite simply, plan on jail time for driving while suspended for a DWI conviction. You can count on going behind bars for a minimum of 180 days.
Although there may seem times that it might seem necessary to ignore the judge’s suspension mandate, it is simply not a wise choice. Find alternate transportation to commute to work or to drop the children off at school. The court will not take it lightly if you decide to get behind the wheel and disregard the judicial sentence.
A recent New Jersey Appellate Division decision makes it clear that jail time is mandatory for those who insist on driving despite their DWI sentence including a license suspension. State v. Harris, No. A-0162-13T1 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Feb. 4, 2015) was decided based on the consolidation of five separate sentencing cases involving this issue in Camden County.
The court used the language of the statute to make its determination concerning the mandatory incarceration. In each of the five cases, the defendants all admitted that they were guilty of driving even though their licenses were suspended as a part of a DWI conviction. The lower court judges in each of the matters attempted to show some leniency. Instead of jail, some were permitted to serve their time under house supervision, rather than behind bars. Others were required to participate in community service or rehabilitation programs.
Why did the Appellate Division come out against the rulings of the lower courts? Obviously, driving while intoxicated can represent serious consequences. The purpose of suspending the guilty party’s license is not only punitive, but also for the protection of other drivers and pedestrians. If the mandate is ignored, the law finds that incarceration is the only alternative means of ensuring the safety of others. The minimum sentence is 180 days, with no parole available under this offense.
Although this ruling is clear, there are other interesting aspects of this case. For example, a judge could order someone’s license suspended for six months as a result of a DWI conviction. What happens if the suspended driver never bothers to take the steps to restore his license after the suspended period? Would the court still be required to use these same guidelines in mandating jail?
DWI on its own is considered a traffic offense in New Jersey. However, it is a serious one. The consequences for a conviction can affect an individual’s livelihood, mobility and reputation. If you are charged with this offense, it is important to know your legal rights. The Law Office of Lawrence M. Centanni has considerable expertise in this area of the law. Contact us to see how we can work for the best solution to your case.

Plan on Jail Time for Driving While Suspended for DWI