How Does a NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Suspension Hearing Work?
Understanding Your Driver's License SuspensionThe first step in any type of NJ MVC Scheduled Suspension issue is to understand the nature of the suspension being proposed. This can range from 14 days to "Indefinite", and can stem from a variety of reasons. This reason is usually listed in the first paragraph of the letter you received. It will also state the amount of time your license is to be suspended for.
Request a Hearing or Hire An AttorneyYou have the right to request a hearing to contest the suspension, however you must raise very specific arguments that relate to the material facts of the alleged violation. This can often present the greatest challenge to individuals trying to do this on their own, as the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission can deny a hearing request and place the proposed suspension into effect at their discretion.
An NJ License Suspension Attorney may be more suitable to draft this request, and can appear with you at the hearing to help try and reduce or eliminate the proposed suspension (see below).
Attend a NJ MVC Scheduled Suspension HearingIf you are fortunate enough to receive a date for your hearing (MVC could deny your request), you will arrive at the designated time at the Trenton Regional Office of the NJ MVC, located at 120 South Stockton Street, Trenton, NJ 08611. After waiting for the next representative, you will be brought to an office where a Hearing Agent will conduct an interview, ask questions, and determine whether the proposed suspension is an appropriate measure to take. The Agent may reduce your suspension, or take "no action" to essentially dismiss the suspension, depending on the course of the hearing. This is the last opportunity to plead your case before a final decision is rendered.
You must decide at this time whether to accept the new proposal, or appeal the decision at the NJ Superior Court - Appellate Division.