Wolf Law recently represented a client whose Commercial Driver’s License (“CDL”) was suspended until May 28, 2014, and whose personal driver’s license was suspended until March 29, 2013. The client’s suspensions stemmed from a missed time payment for surcharges. Because the client had not updated his address with the MVC, he did not receive notice of the suspension. Thereafter, the client was stopped in various states for minor traffic violations. When the New Jersey MVC saw that the client was still driving, they imposed an additional series of suspensions on him for driving during a period of suspension.
The client retained us to sort through his various suspensions and to try to get his period of suspension reduced. We explained to the DMV that our client was a commercial truck driver who drove, on average, 3,500 miles per week and that, as a result of the suspension of his driving privileges, our client’s ability to earn a living was severely impaired. Additionally, we explained that the client, whose wife was deceased, was the father of four children, ages 11 to 16. Thus, in addition to impairing his ability to earn a living, the suspension of his driving privileges severely impaired our client’s ability to provide for our children.
We also explained the client’s situation regarding his failure to update his address and pointed out that he did not have notice that his New Jersey license was suspended when he received the traffic violations. Finally, we pointed out that, at this point in time, the client had already served over two months of his suspension.
We were able to work on a favorable resolution for our client. The New Jersey MVC first agreed to run the series of suspensions concurrently, rather than consecutively, which reduced the client’s CDL suspension from May 28, 2014, until March 29, 2013. Additionally, based upon the mitigating circumstances and considering the client’s need to driving privileges, the MVC agreed to reduce the March 29, 2013, suspensions on both the client’s personal and CDL from 180 days to 75 days. Because the client had already served two and a half months of his suspension, that meant that he was immediately eligible to have his driving privileges restored.