I went to apply for my cdl and the DMV told me NJ has a hold on my license. I got a misdemeanor charge and speeding ticket in late 80s. I appeared for court, they kept the $1200 they took from my person and I appeared before the judge and pd an extra $500. I have no idea how or why they have a hold on my license. I live in illinois and can find nothing online, probably too old. Is there a statute of limitations on this kind of thing? Do you think its just paying more money? How can I renew my license over 30 years and never be alerted to this?
You can call the court to find out the reason yourself or you can hire a lawyer to do this but good lawyers aren't cheap. Until you finish all of the terms including pay all fines, complete all jail time, community service, probation etc, you don't get your license back. Remember its not your license its the state of NJ;s license.
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I agree with Attorney Aaslberg. You may want to think about obtaining a attorney to sort this mess up. NJ courts can suspend your license within their jurisdiction, as well as the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles for that matter. If you have a pending charge or did not abide by the terms of a sentence, for example, NJ may have given a suspension of your NJ driving privileges. Also, as NJ is a member of an interstate compact, if your license is suspended somewhere else, then NJ, like other states who are members of the compact, are supposed to follow suit and suspend your driving privileges in that state. Also, the SOL on refers to how long the State can initiate a case; it is not applicable after the case is initiated (assuming the case is initiated within the applicable statutory period).
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If you moved you may not have received notice. It could be a surcharge or a fine payment that you missed or an error on their part. It could be a parking ticket you forgot about. An attorney can find this out but it is best for you to ask MVC. Once you know what cause the suspension an attorney can likely correct it without too much problem and without you coming to NJ. If you have a CDL your livelihood depends on clearing the hold.
The "statute of limitations" is a legal principle setting forth the time period within which a complaint must be filed and served upon a defendant. It does seem odd that you were able to renew your license for such a long time (30-years) without the issue (the "hold") showing up. In any event, detailed research through the NJ MVC and Court(s) is necessary to determine the exact cause of the hold.
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