Clark NJ Municipal Court Information: Driving with a Suspended License

The criminal defense attorneys at my firm frequently appear in Clark Municipal Court in Clark, New Jersey. With offices conveniently located in Cranford and Morristown, our firm represents clients throughout New Jersey, including Union County and Morris County. The Clark Municipal Court is located at 315 Westfield Avenue, Clark, NJ 07066-1797. The main telephone number for the court is (732)381-5395. The fax number for the court is (732)381-9630. The court personnel is as follows:

  • Judge: Antonio Inacio, J.M.C.
  • Prosecutor: Jon-Henry Barr, esq.
  • Court Administrator: Lorraine Disko
  • Clark Police Department: (732)388-3434

The court schedule is the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 9 a.m.

One traffic offense our attorneys often handle is driving with a suspended license in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:3-40. The statute provides:

§ 39:3-40. Penalties for driving while license suspended, etc

No person to whom a driver’s license has been refused or whose driver’s license or reciprocity privilege has been suspended or revoked, or who has been prohibited from obtaining a driver’s license, shall personally operate a motor vehicle during the period of refusal, suspension, revocation, or prohibition.

No person whose motor vehicle registration has been revoked shall operate or permit the operation of such motor vehicle during the period of such revocation.

Except as provided in subsections i. and j. of this section, a person violating this section shall be subject to the following penalties:

a. Upon conviction for a first offense, a fine of $ 500.00 and, if that offense involves the operation of a motor vehicle during a period when the violator’s driver’s license is suspended for a violation of NJSA 39:4-50 or section 2 of P.L.1981, c.512 (NJSA 39:4-50.4a), revocation of the violator’s motor vehicle registration privilege in accordance with the provisions of sections 2 through 6 of P.L.1995, c.286;

b. Upon conviction for a second offense, a fine of $ 750.00, imprisonment in the county jail for at least one but not more than five days and, if the second offense involves the operation of a motor vehicle during a period when the violator’s driver’s license is suspended and that second offense occurs within five years of a conviction for that same offense, revocation of the violator’s motor vehicle registration privilege in accordance with the provisions of sections 2 through 6 of P.L.1995, c.286;

c. Upon conviction for a third offense or subsequent offense, a fine of $ 1,000.00 and imprisonment in the county jail for 10 days. If the third or a subsequent offense involves the operation of a motor vehicle during a period when the violator’s driver’s license is suspended and the third or subsequent offense occurs within five years of a conviction for the same offense, revocation of the violator’s motor vehicle registration privilege in accordance with the provisions of sections 2 through 6 of P.L.1995, c.286;

d. Upon conviction, the court shall impose or extend a period of suspension not to exceed six months;

e. Upon conviction, the court shall impose a period of imprisonment for not less than 45 days or more than 180 days, if while operating a vehicle in violation of this section a person is involved in an accident resulting in bodily injury to another person;