There are two different categories of unlicensed driver offenses. The more serious of the two carries with it penalties that include the imposition of a six month suspension of your ability to obtain a New Jersey driver’s license. When the police issue a ticket for unlicensed driver (NJSA 39:3-10) they will almost always charge under the more serious section of the statute.
Depending on the facts of your particular situation, an experienced NJ traffic offense attorney should be able to negotiate with the prosecutor to have the no license charge significantly downgraded, or dismissed all together.
There are a number of different defenses to this serious charge, and one must remember that a conviction for this offense will result in surcharges too. So it is important to at least consult with a lawyer if you have been issued a ticket for driving without a license, unlicensed driver, or no license in possession under NJSA 39:3-10.
Even if you have never had a license, or you were license in another country, good traffic court lawyers know the available offenses and will make sure that you don’t get caught off guard by unknowingly pleading guilty to an offense that will result in your being unable to obtain a valid license.