39:6B-2 No Insurance Ticket – One Year Suspended License Can Now Be Avoided

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39:6B-2 No Insurance Ticket – One Year Suspended License Can Now Be Avoided

N.J.S.A.39:6B-2 has always been a difficult ticket to defend. In my career, when clients and potential clients would ask me about this ticket, I would instantly cringe. Quite simply in the past, the harsh no insurance ticket would mean an immediate suspension of your license for a full year. Other tickets which call for a potential loss of license (DUI, drug charges, driving on suspension, etc.) at least had ways to fight and/or negotiate

On January 17, 2014, Governor Christie signed A-1844 into law as P.L. 2013, c.237. The new law took effect on January 17, 2014. A copy of the law is attached and is available on the Judiciary Infonet under Legal Reference/Legislation Affecting Courts. Below is a summary of the law.
The new law amends N.J.S.A.39:6B-2 to provide that the one-year driver’s license suspension penalty for a first offense of driving without the required motor vehicle liability insurance coverage may be reduced or eliminated by the court if the person provides satisfactory proof of insurance at the time of the hearing. A person who is convicted for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle without the required motor vehicle liability insurance coverage remains subject to a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 and a period of community service to be determined by the court.

3 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    ‘Satisfactory proof of insurance at time of hearing.’
    Does that mean I have to show that I had insurance on day of ticket or simply at day of hearing?
    I got an ticket and may need counsel.

    • corey says:

      The 39:6B-2 ticket for no insurance ticket used to be the worst ticket you could get because it was an automatic 1 year suspension without proof of insurance at the time of the stop. Now, if you can show that you put insurance on the car right after the incident, its Judge’s discretion. The point is, now we can often help our clients avoid a suspension where as in the past it was automatic loss of license. Its still tricky, but not impossible as it once was.

    • corey says:

      Give me a call at 201-598-5019 or email me at newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com to discuss your case. It will probably depend on what Court you are in. Classically, you need to show that the car was insured the day of the ticket, but, with the law having changed recently if you can show that you put insurance on the car soon after the date of the ticket you may be able avoid the 1 year suspension. “No Insurance” has long be a very difficult ticket in that it comes with a one year loss of license which is longer potential suspension than a first time DUI.

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