How to Handle a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) License Suspension Notice
What You Should Do When You Get the NoticeAs soon as you get the Notice, review it for specific pieces of information that are very relevant to the suspension. Check for the date on which the suspension will start. Very few things in life are 'written in stone'. Assume that the date is. Second, check the suspension period. This period itself may be something that can be altered by an appropriately filed request for a hearing. Third, check the reason for the suspension. If the notice references any recent citations or warning letters, get a copy together of all that you have. Unless you understand the basis for the suspension and are willing to serve it, consult with a lawyer who has handled these types of hearings before to review all of the information pertaining to the basis for the suspension, to determine the best arguments to use in contesting the period of suspension.
Contesting the SuspensionIf you want to contest the suspension, an appropriate request for a hearing must be filed with the MVC prior to the date of suspension (this is the major reason to take notice of the suspension date). This does not mean that it is in the mail or on the way to the MVC. It means that the MVC has actually received the hearing request by that date. If you are handling the hearing without a lawyer, make sure you send the request by certified mail, return receipt so you have proof that they got the hearing request before the date of suspension. If you are handling the hearing without a lawyer, be prepared to tell the MVC hearing officer as many details as you can to support a reduction of the suspension period. A good way to develop your basis is to write up a list, so you do not forget to mention any specific issue you want to use to support your application for a reduction. Lastly, I did say reduction, as this is the usual result of these hearings