Opportunity HearingThe Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) in New Jersey has the authority to issue driver’s licenses to qualified drivers. The MVC also has the power to suspend your driver’s license for a variety of reasons. Such reasons can include the following:

  • Accumulating too many points on your driving record
  • Being cited for a traffic violation that requires an automatic suspension of your license
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Failure to appear for a scheduled court date

No matter what the reason may be behind your license suspension, not being able to drive for an extended period of time can have a serious effect on your life. It is important to know that, in some situations, you have the opportunity to challenge your suspension with the MVC.

If you receive an MVC notice that your license will be suspended on a certain date, you have a very limited amount of time to take action. You can call the MVC and inform them that you would like to have an “opportunity hearing.” This hearing allows you to appear in front of the MVC and request a reduction in the length of your suspension or challenge the suspension altogether. This is not as easy as it sounds and it is critical to have legal assistance from an attorney who has experience with opportunity hearings.

The MVC will not reduce your license suspension simply because you ask them to do so. Instead, you present reasons why your suspension should be shorter, including hardship if you cannot drive. While it is very rare for the MVC to cancel an entire suspension, they can often reduce the term of suspension up to 75 percent if your arguments are reasonable.

Opportunity hearings must be requested immediately and so you should never delay contacting an experienced NJ license suspension attorney. What you should never do is ignore the suspension notice and continue to drive on a suspended license. This can only result in significantly more serious penalties and often a lengthened suspension.

Call 973-686-9787 today for more information.

Too many people do not take a driver’s license suspension seriously and they end up facing lengthy periods of time without a license and costly fines. If you receive a notice from the MVC, your first call should be to a defense attorney at the Law Office of David W. Polsky. We can help with a variety of matters, so please contact our office today for assistance.